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2019 Hyundai Kona EV

Starting Price:  $37,495 | Price Yours

Above Average:  Range, SUV-like body, standard features, warranty, standard DC fast charging

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.

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2019 Volkswagen e-Golf

Starting Price:  $31,390 | Price Yours

Above Average: Interior quality, ride and handling, good lease deals, standard DC fast charger, roomy interior

Below Average: Limited range, lackluster exterior design

Consensus: All the style, quality and fun-to-drive attitude of the Golf hatchback, but without the emissions.

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 is more than double the distance the e-Golf can travel on a single charge.  The Kona EV’s SUV-like styling helps it look cooler than most car-based electrics, although its rear seat legroom 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.

The Volkswagen e-Golf costs significantly less than the Kona EV, but its interior design and choice of materials makes it feel more upscale. There’s plenty of room for four adults and their gear, and the e-Golf’s seats are some of the most comfortable at any price point. With a limited 125-mile range, the Volkswagen can’t keep up with Hyundai in a marathon, but around town commuting shouldn’t be an issue. Driver assists that are standard on the Kona are available on the e-Golf, however the e-Golf offers features the Kona can’t match, like VW’s cool digital cockpit.  Recharging times using a Level 2 charger (220-240V) takes about 6 hours for the e-Golf versus the Kona’s 7.5 hours.

Hyundai Kona Advantages

The Kona delivers twice the range, has more standard features including collision avoidance systems and has a better warranty.

Volkswagen e-Golf Advantages

The e-Golf cost less, has a more upscale interior, offers unique options like the digital cockpit plus rides and drives like a sport German compact.

Similarities

Both the e-Golf and Kona offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, come standard with a DC fast charger, have numerous high-tech options for safety and infotainment and have excellent infotainment systems.

Final Recommendation

If saving money is paramount, the VW e-Golf offers a lot of features for a lot less than the cost of base Kona EV. However, the Kona’s range is more than twice that of the e-Golf, an important point for those who plan on traveling further than just to and from the office. The VW is the more enjoyable car for driving enthusiasts, although neither is going to blow anyone’s doors off. 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 Volkswagen e-Golf
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 150 kW AC synchronous  100 kW AC synchronous 
Battery 64 kWh lithium ion 35.8 kWh lithium ion
Horsepower 201 hp  134 hp
Torque 290 lb-ft 214 lb-ft
EPA City/Highway Fuel Economy 132/108 MPGe 125/111 MPGe
EPA-estimated full-charge range 258 miles 125 miles
Specs    
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 103.5 inches
Overall Length 164.6 inches 168.1 inches
Width 70.9 inches 70.8 inches
Height 61.2 inches 57.2 inches
Turning Diameter 34.8 feet 35.8 feet
Headroom, Front 39.6 inches 38.4 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.7 inches 38.1 inches
Legroom, Front 41.5 inches 41.2 inches
Legroom, Rear 33.4 inches 35.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 55.5 inches 55.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 54.5 inches 53.9 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 94.1 cu. ft. 93.5 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 19.2 cu. ft. 22.8 cu. ft.
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