This is basically just me tapping out some thoughts as a means of helping me to think through the options… so I don’t necessarily expect any responses, but thought I may as well post it here as some of it may resonate with others, and any thoughts welcomed.
Esentially, we are thinking of returning the Kona and getting something else instead. In the current circumstances, it’s just overkill really, and, to be frank, I don’t really like it and haven’t jelled with it at all. If I really liked it, I think it’d be different, and we’d probably hold on to it in the hope that we get to actually use it to its potential over the coming months. But…I don’t particularly like driving it, so it’s quite a lot of money to pay for something that we can’t really use much, and don’t particularly enjoy using when we do. (In brief, it feels ridiculously heavy, doesn’t ride much better than the i3 around town, is really noisy on the motorway, has quite severe torque steer, an unrefined cruise control system, grabby brakes, stupid VESS reversing beep that can’t be turned off, terrible cabin ergonomics etc etc. There are, of course, good points about it, but these are the things that I think about almost every time I drive it, whereas, with the i3, every single drive was enjoyed. Also, these are just my personal opinions, and I fully appreciate others will have differing opinions, and different priorities).
I’m not sure, but I think having the i3 as a first EV may have put me off most of the run-of-the-mill type EVs which Onto currently offer. At least for now, until some more options start to materialise.
The trouble is, at present, and for our needs, the most sensible Onto alternative to the Kona is probably the Ioniq, but then I’m pretty sure it will feel pretty similar to the Kona in many respects, cause many of the same annoyances, and it also just does absolutely nothing for me. The Zoe doesn’t really appeal either, and whilst I like the look of 208, and it sounds like it drives nicely, the pricing is too high for me, for what if offers vs the Ioniq. If it wasn’t going to be the Ioniq, I’d rather have an i3 back over the 208, I think.
So…we are actually thinking the unthinkable and considering buying a fairly cheap ICE car that can sit on the drive for 99% of the time doing absolutely nothing, doing hardly any depreciating, but which will be ready to meet our very occasional driving needs. It could just be a fairly short term thing until things really get back to something approaching normality, and until Onto have something that appeals (maybe an ID.3 for example).
This is the thing with EVs - they make more sense (financially speaking) the more miles you do (especially now with the Shell card too). Doing far fewer miles than usual scuppers that calculation, to some extent, and instead of a Hyundai that I don’t like driving, and which, bluntly, frequently annoys me, we could, for less overall expense, instead have a fairly fun-to-drive ICE for a little while that won’t do too many miles, and won’t be used for commuting in urban areas - so it’s impact on local air quality will be lessened in that respect. Quite fancy a Z4, but seems like prices may have crept up quite a bit since I last looked so it may instead be something a little more mundane. Anyway, still very much up in the air at the moment…I’m sort of hoping a post will appear on here soon announcing the next batch of new models!