Choosing a new car is difficult. It needs good mileage, low running costs, a good price, all while being beautifully stylish- because this is a luxury purchase after all. With a million and one logical things to consider, it’s good to have one type of car to hone in on, one that can also make you feel like an actual upstanding human being, that is: eco cars.
We’re becoming more environmentally friendly than ever. Going vegan, plastic-free, even waste-free, but our cars are still a huge ethical void of ‘but the coolest ones aren’t eco-friendly!’. At this point, we really have no choice, the government is seeking to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, so we’re better off getting used to eco-friendly now, and you know, doing something actually beneficial for the planet.
But where do you start when looking for an eco-friendly car? Well, with the best of course. That is, the Hyundai Kona Electric. Just named best eco car at Parkers New Car award, Grazia is also sponsoring the small SUV, which has beat out the likes of the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe, also both incredible runners up to choose from.
Why is it the best? Well, after rigorous testing by the Parkers.co.uk team, judging running costs, long range, cost-per-month figures and fitness-for-purpose, they found that long battery range, impressive quality and affordable price easily outranked its competitors, despite costing no more than the Nissan Leaf of Volkswagen e-Golf.
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The new battery tech means the car can go up to 300 miles from one single charge...300 miles! No longer can we sit back and excuse ourselves from being ethical drivers with 'oh but it'll run out of charge after about two seconds'. Nope, even if you've got a family to ferry around, this little SUV is sure to provide enough mileage to get you through those long car journeys with the kids.
‘Here’s a car that’s made all of its rivals sit up and notice,’ says Parkers editor Keith Adams, ‘as the BEV’s journey to the mainstream gathers momentum, the Kona’s excellent range and all-round usability is outstanding.’
The best part though, is of course, the price. Going plastic-free, and in some ways going vegan, might be more suited to the higher earners of us, but with the Hyundai Kona Electric, you don't have to be earning a fortune to be an ethical car owner. Finally!
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