2019 Hyundai Kona EV vs. 2019 Nissan Leaf Comparison
2019 Hyundai Kona EV
Starting Price: $37,495 | Price Yours
Above Average: Range, SUV-like body, standard features, warranty, standard DC fast charging, infotainment setup
Below Average: Choppy ride, small back seat, some cheap interior plastics
Consensus: A long-range electric champion packaged as a stylish compact crossover loaded with features at a reasonable price.
2019 Nissan Leaf
Starting Price: $30,885 | Price Yours
Above Average: Proven track record, roomy interior, large dealer network, price
Below Average: Middle of the pack range, futuristic styling
Consensus: A proven entity, the Leaf offers 150-mile range, a number of high-tech driver-assists and a well-established network of dealer-based charging stations.
The 2019 Hyundai Kona EV is new this year, based on the popular Kona subcompact crossover. As is typical for Hyundai cars, the Kona EV arrives with an attractive price, a long list of standard and available features and a fantastic standard warranty. Most impressive, however, is the Kona EV’s 258-mile range, which easily out-distances the Nissan Leaf, as well as the just about every other EV in this class. It is also one of the few cars in its price range to come standard with a DC fast charger. The Kona EV’s SUV-like styling helps it look cooler than most car-based electrics, although its rear seat legroom and cargo space remain on the small side. The Kona EV offers a full suite of standard driver assists including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and automatic high beams.
Now in its second generation, the 2019 Nissan Leaf is a long-time player in the electric car field. The Nissan offers a mid-pack range of about 150 miles on a charge, which should be enough to satisfy most daily commuters. Interior accommodations are about the same as in the Kona EV, although the Leaf does offer more cargo space and a more upscale vibe. However, when it comes to the infotainment systems, the Kona EV’s larger screen and better overall system wins. The Leaf is a very easy car to drive, with a smooth ride, quick steering and near silent interior. Nissan’s clever e-Pedal allows one pedal operation of the car, automatically decelerating when the driver’s foot is lifted from the accelerator. It will even bring the car to a complete stop if the driver doesn’t intervene. Using a Level 2 charger (220-240V), it takes about 7.5 hours to charge the Leaf, while the Kona’s larger batter pack takes a bit longer at 9.5 hours. Using a DC fast charging station, an 80 percent charge can be achieved in just 30 minutes and 1 hour, respectively.
Hyundai Kona Advantages
The Kona offers superior range, a better warranty, a more powerful electric motor and better warranty coverage than the Nissan Leaf. It also has more ground clearance and a better infotainment setup.
Nissan Leaf Advantages
The Leaf costs significantly less than the Kona EV, offers a longer established dealer infrastructure and a proven track record. The Leaf has more cargo space than the Kona, more front seat headroom and more rear seat shoulder room. It also charges faster.
Both cars can be equipped with a DC fast charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus advanced driver safety assists like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping.
Although it costs nearly $7,000 more than a base Nissan Leaf, the Kona EV’s impressive list of standard features combined with its even more impressive 258-mile range make it the most logical choice. Those who don’t suffer range anxiety, however, will probably enjoy pocketing some of that cash or using it to add features to the Leaf. Both cars qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit, as well as other local incentives that vary by state.
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|2019 Hyundai Kona EV||2019 Nissan Leaf|
|Engine||150 kW AC synchronous||110 kW AC synchronous|
|Battery||64 kWh lithium ion||40 kWh lithium ion|
|Horsepower||201 hp||147 hp|
|Torque||290 lb-ft||236 lb-ft|
|EPA City/Highway Fuel Economy||132/108 MPGe||124/99 MPGe|
|EPA-estimated full-charge range||258 miles||150 miles|
|Warranty||5-years/60,000 miles||3-years/36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||n/a||n/a|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||102.4 inches||106.3 inches|
|Overall Length||164.6 inches||176.4 inches|
|Width||70.9 inches||70.5 inches|
|Height||61.2 inches||61.4 inches|
|Turning Diameter||34.8 feet||34.8 feet|
|Headroom, Front||39.6 inches||41.2 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||37.7 inches||37.3 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41.5 inches||42.1 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||33.4 inches||33.5 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||55.5 inches||54.3 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||54.5 inches||52.5 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||94.1 cu. ft.||92.4 cu. ft.|
|EPA Cargo Volume||19.2 cu. ft.||23.6 cu. ft.|