Edmunds Compares Hyundai Kona Electric To Chevy Bolt

NOV 26 2018 BY TOM MOLOUGHNEY 31

Both are winners, but only one can come out on top.

Earlier this month we compared the Hyundai Kona Electric with the Chevy Bolt EV. After an extensive dive into the vehicle’s range, charging times, dashboards, cargo space, regenerative braking systems and fun-to-drive ratio we concluded that the new kid on the block, the Hyundai Kona Electric was the winner.

That didn’t sit well with some of the loyal InsideEVs readers that disagreed with the results, and we heard it in the comments section. However, that’s usually the case when we make these direct comparisons, and especially when a newcomer beats an established EV that has thousands of happy owners ready to defend their car’s honor. Someone has to win, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like the car that came up a little short, as in this case with the Chevy Bolt.

So, when Edmunds put out a comprehensive video comparison pitting these same two cars against each other, we were curious to see if they came to the same conclusion. It was good to see Dan Edmunds make some of the same observations we did in our review, but did the Kona Electric come out on top in the end? Check out the video to see.

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31 Comments on "Edmunds Compares Hyundai Kona Electric To Chevy Bolt"

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John Doe

When it comes to EVs.. the winner is the one that can produce enough cars to sell.

Michal

When it comes to EVs customers should be the winners… which we are in case of Kona Electric, which is the best range/price car in the world right now.

The cheapest Model S available in Europe Osterreich is 91 080€ / EPA range 416km.
351€/km

The cheapest Model 3 is not available in Europe but if we translate current price 46 000$ into EUR we get 40 521€ / EPA range 418km. (take into account that this price is without VAT, customs and logistic costs). price in China is around 80k$)
96€/km

Hyundai Kona is 38 490€ / EPA range 415km.
92€/km

I know the cars are different and everybody has different preference, but for me in my current state I would go by the range at least for now and only if I was rich enough I would go for Tesla

Another Euro point of view

It seems you forgot to add VAT in your translation of US price to EU price of the Model 3. Circa 50’000 EUR is therefor more likely for cheapest version.

Michal

I did not forget, read the comment again, I mentioned US price calculated in euros since the price for Europe is not available yet

wavelet

Your comparison is worthless because your quoted numbers for Model S and Kona _do_ include VAT. Since VAT adds 20-25%, depending on country, it’s ridiculous to ignore it — it’s a large difference. Your post was also confusing since you didn’t explicitly state that the non-Model-3 cars were with VAT.

TheCyberKnight

Well, that makes the Bolt EV (in fact, the Ampera-e) at 91€/km with it 34 950€ sticker price (at least, where it is sold, if any now).

Michal

Ah then you are right, I see very little effort from Opel, I didn’t even know they are being sold, they sure are not in Slovakia, so I didn’t calculate with that.

Dimitrij

The €/km in itself is important, but it is not everything. As any real-life EV driver will tell you, the ability to quickly recharge on the road is very important for long-range driving, especially if you are in a hurry.

Michal

I am EV driver and I bought a Leaf so price/range is currently everything for me, I know that in the future when EVs will be cheaper it will be different, but right now it is how it is

Haggy

If that were true, then a company that made two cars but had only one interested customer would be the winner.

Edit: This was a response to the parent post,

pjkPA

If your going to compare … compare prices in both countries.
Try to buy a Chevy Bolt in the EC , Korea or Japan … compare these prices to what these cars cost in the US.
Stop ignoring UNFAIR TRADE. It does affect EV production and advancement.

Al D

When it comes to EV’s, I’ll wait until a major manufacturer comes up with an electric sedan or SUV with a solid-state battery. The price would have to be reasonable, of course. I wouldn’t mind a small premium on such a revolutionary vehicle because I’d probably keep it for a long time.

pipestem

Why waiting ? They are pretty good right now. The future in tech is always better.

Bill Howland
Oh, Tom, you’re exaggerating again. There was no severe disagreement between Bolt ev owners (such as myself), and this new Hyundai – certainly not the noise that the ‘Tesla People’ make here – I put that in quotes since many Tesla owners at the large Canadian Car Club I belong to do not make any particular bones about owning a Tesla, – similar to my own reaction as a former Tesla Roadster owner myself. Most of the noisemakers here probably have never owned any Tesla, and one silly commenter, for all his self-proclaimed importance, has never owned any ev nor (more importantly) ever plans to buy one period. The Hyundai is a newer car, and, with the Korean designed drive trains in both cars, seem to operate similarly enough. Although the Hyundai has inferior rear seat room – IF AS CLAIMED it will be priced at the current BASE (LT) BOLT ev level, it is the far better value. I thought it interesting that they labeled the 3SR as “Vaporware”. Of course, they hated the leather seats, as did I, that is why I purchased the LT version at $4000 cheaper. To me, buying a BOLT ev Premier is rather… Read more »
dan

Both the Bolt and the Kona are so evenly matched that I wouldn’t be surprised if most customers cross shop them. That segment of the market is where we need the choice.

Kbm3

I disliked the vaporware comment also. Future model trim is not the same as vaporware.

dan

That’s the exact definition of vapor ware. The other manufacturers have been honest about the fact that the economics don’t allow for that price point given 2018 battery prices. Most of them are planning to enter the market in 2020 for that exact reason. Tesla claimed that they could give you a SR model 3 this year but won’t be able to. By the time they do next year, so will everyone else.

bro1999

My main issue with the previous IEVs article comparing both cars was the fact that 2 of the biggest pieces of information (price, availability) were not known.
People that read articles about the Kona being the “best” affordable long range EV out there will be sorely disappointed when they find out they can’t buy the car because it’s only offered in select markets. The Bolt remains the only 200+ mile BEV that can be physically purchased in every state.
The Kona definitely has features the Bolt lacks, but then again the Bolt is a 2 year older car, so the Kona should have additional features.

And I have to add, the Kona front end is FUGLY. Up there with the Gen 1 Leaf and Prius for the fugliest front end award.

Get Real

Well what is known is that GM is next on losing the Federal EV credit and once it does the Kona and Niro will be drastically cheaper with the credit then the Bolt without the credit and this could kill the Bolt’s already meager sales.

james

Sounds like they need to update their article then…

Brian

You say the front end of the Kona is ugly? You are comparing it to the Bolt, easily one of the ugliest cars from any angle.

Spoonman.

Is Hyundai canceling the Ioniq EV and the Sonata PHEV in the US? Neither is on the list of vehicles on their website (viewing from Pennsylvania), but they are there if you select “Build and Price”.

ffbj

The gist:
Bolt: The Good: Lots of rear seat room. Handles well, good pickup, range, lots of storage space..
the Bad: The instrument panel, poor interior, rear suspension inferior.
and the Ugly: Uncomfortable seats.

The Kona: Pretty much a pass except for not much rear seat room.
They like the Kona a lot, the Bolt not so much..

Eletruk

Still would like to know the price, and availability plans. Come on Hyundai!

Raymond Ramirez

The Trump administration would like to kill the EV tax rebate so the Kona will not get any. Besides, few middle-class EV buyers pay that much in taxes. I don’t pay any Federal taxes so I prefer a point of sale rebate. And I will buy a U.S. brand EV!

Clarity

I really liked the comparison. Each are in the running when I get ready to trade in my 2013 volt.

Haggy

“Both are winners, but only one can come out on top.”

If that were true, then each year, car companies would come out with new models. By the end of the year, all but one of the models would stop being produced because everybody would buy the best one.

In real life, people have different preferences and give priority to different features. That’s why all this nonsense about Tesla killers and passenger cars going away is just noise. People will get what they want. Not everybody needs to take a rocking chair home from Costco, and some people would rather have a car known for handling and speed. You don’t get to pick an overall winner because not everybody is looking for the same thing.

There’s a reason that GM and Ford are both around and why nobody refers to a new GM car as a Ford killer. It’s an alternative.

Jolo

Good job on the video. Availability will be key!