Should you choose the 2019 Hyundai KONA Electric, Chevy Bolt or Nissan Leaf?
A decade ago, there were only a handful of electric vehicles on the market. Now, nearly every automaker produces (or is developing) an EV, which makes competition within the segment fierce. Three primary zero-emissions offerings include the Chevy Bolt, the Nissan Leaf and the all-new Hyundai Kona Electric. Which one is right for you?
2019 Hyundai KONA Electric vs 2019 Chevy Bolt; 2019 Nissan Leaf
EVs were once limited by their short driving range. But now, some – like the Hyundai KONA Electric, Chevy Bolt and Nissan Leaf – can travel hundreds of kilometers on a single charge. All three of these vehicles can dutifully fulfill the needs of most drivers. Here’s how they stack up against one another.
Early EVs had a space-aged appearance that turned off many consumers. Now, however, electric cars like the KONA, Bolt and Leaf are just as visually appealing – if not more so – than many of their gas-powered counterparts.
Of the three vehicles, the KONA Electric is particularly handsome, sporting modern body lines that stand out from the crowd. Furthermore, the Hyundai has side mirror indicator lights and roof rails, which are features neither the Chevy or Nissan EVs have.
Inside, compared to its two competitors, the 2019 Hyundai KONA Electric offers more hip room (1355 front), more shoulder room (1410 mm front) and more cargo capacity (1296 mm) with the rear seat down.
Battery range and charging duration are the two most important aspects of an electric car. And the KONA Electric, with its advanced lithium-ion battery, handily outdoes the competition in both areas.
- The Chevy Bolt has a 60-kWh battery good for 383 km and a fast-charge time of .50 hours. Output from the powertrain is 200 hp and 266 lb.-ft.
- The standard model Leaf features a 40-kWh battery that produces a 242 km range, along with a charging time of .50 hours on a 400-volt device. Performance is comparatively weak at 147 hp and 236 lb.-ft.
- The Hyundai KONA Electric comes with a 64-kWh battery that provides a 415 km range, while also helping the electric powertrain create 201 hp and 290 lb.-ft. Charging time on a DC fast charger is just .54 hours.
For long-distance trips, quick charging times and a spirited driving experience, the Hyundai KONA Electric is the obvious choice.
These days, EVs come fully stocked with all the bells and whistles. So, naturally, all three of our contestant vehicles boast the latest in safety and convenience technologies. Across the board, you’ll find advanced touchscreen infotainment systems and other cutting-edge features. The trio also boasts driver assistance suites with functions like automatic braking, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring.
Which should you choose?
The KONA Electric has the longest driving range of the three cars. Plus, the Hyundai has features that make it – not just a great EV but – a great vehicle overall. That’s why it’s the best choice for anyone looking for zero-emissions transportation. Stop by Rexdale Hyundai and find the 2019 KONA in our showroom today!
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