3 Way Comparo – Hyundai Kona EV, Nissan LEAF, Chevy Bolt


Hyundai’s latest EV appears to have what it takes to challenge some stars of the segment.

Hyundai used the New York Auto Show as an opportunity to debut the new electric variant of its Kona compact crossover. The little five-door model competes in the burgeoning field of small, affordable EVs, so it only makes sense to see how it stacks up against two of the major players in the segment: the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf.


While the Leaf loses these ratings at the moment, it’s worth noting that rumors point to a model for the 2019 model year with a range over 225 miles (362 km) on the way from a 60-kWH battery. This would bring the Nissan more in line with the competition, and the model would reportedly cost around $35,000.


While EVs are far more prevalent than in years past, they continue to have an air of the high-tech future of motoring about them. Appropriately, these models come with some advanced features.

Kona: The Hyundai is available with quite a slate of amenities. For example, buyers can get an available seven-inch digital instrument cluster and head-up display. The electric crossover comes standard with a seven-inch infotainment screen, but buyers can get an eight-inch system with navigation as an option. The safety suite includes forward collision avoidance, lane keeping assist, high beam assist, driver attention warning, and blind spot monitoring.

Bolt: Chevy’s EV comes with a 10.2-inch infotainment screen. Optional equipment includes quite of bit of driver assistance tech, including a 360-degree camera, blind zone monitoring, lane change alert, rear parking assist, forward collision alert, front pedestrian braking, and automatic headlights. A rear camera mirror is also available.

Leaf: The Nissan takes advantage of the company’s ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving tech. It can maintain the EV in a single lane on the highway, including bringing the vehicle to a full stop if necessary. ProPilot Assist’s individual systems include Intelligent Lane Intervention, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Inside, there’s a seven-inch infotainment display.


The Kona is quite a competitive challenger to the Bolt and Leaf on paper, but buyers need to be patient to get one. The model will go on sale in California in the fourth quarter of the year, and it won’t arrive in other states until even later. Hyundai won’t release pricing details yet, either.

Conversely, the Bolt and Leaf are already available nationwide. The Bolt starts at $36,620 (plus $875 destination) before any applicable federal or state incentives. The Leaf goes for $29,990 (and $885 destination).

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35 Comments on "3 Way Comparo – Hyundai Kona EV, Nissan LEAF, Chevy Bolt"

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What about comparison of vehicle dimensions, cargo, charging…?

Another article has the Kona EV’s cargo capacity at 19.2 cu. ft. The Bolt is 16.9 and the Leaf is 23.6.

I agree. I could care less about tge crap mentioned in the “tech” section for cars that are noticably less roomy for cargo and passengers. This is no comparison given all tge details lacking.

+1 Please update article with exterior and interior dimensions and capacities.

I’d also like to know how big the battery is in real life. Charging the battery from totally dead at a slower (eg: 10 hour) rate and measuring how much electricity energy entered the car jack would tell much.

Hyundai Kona EV will be priced just under $36,000.-


It’s my guess.

The question is how aggressively Hyundai wants to place it in the market?

It’s immaterial how much they charge for the car if they use the same distribution scheme as the Ioniq EV. That car is right up there with Unicorns and Little Pink Ponies when it comes to availability. A total waste of time to get excited over a product which will be available in exactly one state.

Yep. “Unicorn” is the right word to describe an Ioniq EV in the US, and as long as Hyundai doesn’t bother to sell their plug-ins nationwide, I don’t care how great they might be.

That’s only the case in the US. In Europe and the home market, the Ioniq EV is much more readily available.

Not really. In Germany for example waiting times for the Ioniq are over a year. I bet it’s the same in other countries.

Hyundai/kia don’t sell big pickup trucks in the USA. So, they don’t have CAFE/CARB regs breathing down their neck like those manufacturers that do sell a butt-load of big vehicles and need to sell more plug-ins.

IOW, they can take it slow.

How ridiculous is that?! The Ioniq EV is selling extremely well in the UK…

Size of each vehicle in terms of dimensions? comparison of battery thermal control?
Performance in charging?


Kona Ev rated at 117 mpge

Another article also said they claim 80% charge in under and hour whatever that means.

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So a near clone of the Bolt in size, nearly the same wheelbase, length, height and width.

Maybe Bro1999 will get one and change his name to Ho1999….

Ah, fast charging…

39 kWh battery, 0-80% in 54 minutes or 35 kW
64 kWh battery, 0-80% in 54 minutes or 55 kW

The Ioniq remains the fastest charging car in their line up. I’ve been told by a Hyundai representative that this is because of the new battery chemical composition: Less cobalt, more nickel.


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What’s the DCFC Taper start at for the Kona?

I don’t think that data is publically available yet.

Hopefully similar to Ioniq EV, which is at around 75%.

Why is Hyundai still making dumb-looking EV’s? The Ioniq is goofy-looking, too. Just don’t understand. This is like an uglier version of a 2001 RAV4.

If looks are an issue, just get the Kia Niro version of this car later.

Kona looks like it has CCS DCFC ports…

That should be listed in the comparison.

According to this source (https://ev-database.uk/car/1126/Hyundai-Kona-Electric-64-kWh) the Kona EV has 80kW DCFC charging capability. The website puts the charging time at 40 min for 10%-80%.
The Leaf 2.0 has 50kW DCFC putting the same charge at 35min due to smaller battery.
The Chevy Bolt has 80kW DCFC (upgrade!), but quotes a much slower charging time in the manual (probably adjusted for lack of DCFC charging stations, though: https://insideevs.com/chevrolet-bolt-ev-equipped-with-80-kw-dc-fast-charging-owners-manual-now-online/

You’re welcome!

The 100 kW EVSE compatibility means nothing. The “Approx. 54 min up to 80% state of charge” tells us that it will be very slow at DCFC.

I had seen this source, too. But it states charging time when connected to a 100kW charger. It does not say the car actually takes 100kW. I think they just said 100kW because that’s the only ones available that can output 80kW…

I like the Kona … but… that grille. Looks like it lost a fight with a waffle iron.

“… The model will go on sale in California in the fourth quarter of the year, and it won’t arrive in other states until even later…”

Remember when Hyundai said the IONIQ BEV would come to Pennsylvania last July?

It’s a good thing I didn’t hold my breath.

I’ve been to a few dealerships in the S. PA area. They aren’t selling them because they aren’t trained to work on them!

Can’t buy them in San Diego. You have to go to LA.
I have heard the Kona ev is supposed to be available in much larger numbers though. I hope so. More competition is a good thing. The KIA Niro is supposed to be slightly longer but essentially the same vehicle. I’m not a fan of the crossover look but that style seems very popular right now. To me it looks like a cross between a truck and a station wagon. Still with better milage than a Bolt, a similar price and a nicer interior, it might be a breakthrough car. Now, if you can only buy them, they may have something.