The electric version of Hyundai’s compact Kona SUV has blitzed driving range tests in the UK.

Kona Electric achieved a ‘real-world’ figure of 417km on a single charge, the longest driving range of any car tested.

Another Hyundai, the Ioniq Electric, has also aced the competition, with the best result for efficiency, travelling 6.3km for every kWh of energy consumed.

The new What Car? Real Range test is the electric car equivalent of its well-known ‘True MPG’ test for combustion engine vehicles.

The analysis is carried out at the Millbrook Proving Ground and incorporates a mix of town, A-road and motorway driving conditions.

Testing is done with the lights on, climate control set to 22 degrees and in an ambient temperature of between 10 and 15 degrees.

Kona Electric provides all-electric zero emissions driving within a practical and stylish SUV body style.

Ioniq Electric is the world’s first car offering three electrified powertrains; hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric.

The latter offers outstanding performance and pure e-mobility through a 28kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, with instantly-available maximum torque of 295Nm delivered by an 88kW electric motor.

Hyundai hopes to have the Kona Electric here in the first three months of 2019.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.