Hyundai Kona Electric vs. The Competition for Sale in Hyannis, MA
Electric vehicles (EVs) and crossovers are two leading trends in the auto industry. EVs are wonderful in that you won’t ever have to worry about fueling up at the gas station – or getting an oil change, for that matter. Crossovers are great as well, since they’re not as large as traditional SUVs but still provide plenty of space. When you take the two and combine them, you get what millions of drivers consider the ultimate form of transportation.
Consider the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric as an example. It has lots of interior space, grants a good range of miles per charge, and supplies decent power. Even with all of its strong points, it still faces some strong challengers, such as the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV, the 2020 Nissan Leaf, and the 2019 Kia Niro (the 2020 model had not been released as of this writing). Let’s examine exactly how the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric manages to hold its own against these rivals.
Convenience and Warranty
The 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric gets some pretty advanced features on its base trim. This includes heated front seats, a six-speaker audio system, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Neither the Bolt EV nor the Leaf gets standard heated front seats or a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the Niro EV does without standard heated front seats. Also, the Leaf’s base audio system has just four speakers. The 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric is quite spacious as well, yielding 45.8 cubic feet of cargo space. While the Bolt EV doesn’t list its cargo volume specs, the Leaf only gets 30 cu. ft., and even though the Niro EV has the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric beat in this regard, it fails to match up in other areas.
Hyundai’s warranties outdo both Chevy’s and Nissan’s. The 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric is covered by a 5-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile electric battery warranty. Both the Bolt EV and Leaf only receive a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty. The Bolt EV’s battery warranty is two years shorter than the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric’s, and the Leaf’s battery is only covered for 5 years/60,000 miles. The only other model in this comparison that offers the same general warranty terms as the 2020 Hyundai Kona EV is the Niro EV – but Hyundai includes a longer anti-perforation warranty, at 7 years/unlimited miles versus Kia’s 5 years/100,000 miles.
Range and Power
On a full charge, the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric has a range of 258 miles, but its closest competitor, the Niro EV, only goes 239 miles on a charge. The Bolt EV is officially rated as securing one extra mile of range over the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric: hardly a deal breaker considering the other areas it falls short in. The Leaf, meanwhile, trails far behind with a range of just 149 miles.
The 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric will please those who want a little pep from their EV, as it offers a fairly robust motor that produces 201 horsepower and 291 lb.-ft. of torque. This beats out the Bolt EV’s 200 hp and 266 lb.-ft. of torque and crushes the Leaf’s 147 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. The closely related Niro EV flaunts the same amount of power as the 2020 Hyundai Kona EV.
The 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric was awarded a five-star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While the Bolt EV was given a five-star rating as well, the Leaf has not yet been rated, and the 2019 Niro Hybrid version was only given a four-star rating (the EV was not specifically tested). To further its safety factor, the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric and the 2019 Kia Niro come standard with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a driver attention warning system. The blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert features are only available for the Bolt EV through an optional package, and that car lacks a driver attention warning system entirely. The Leaf gets standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, but its driver attention warning system is not standard.