EV Comparison: 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric vs Chevrolet Bolt vs Nissan Leaf Plus

Our latest comparison test features the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric, Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf Plus.

Read the full review on www.autoTRADER.ca:

Presented by Dustin Woods

23 Replies to “EV Comparison: 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric vs Chevrolet Bolt vs Nissan Leaf Plus”

  1. דניאל אלון

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  2. Bioniq Bob

    Everyone has different needs, as for looks I am not looking at my car when I drive. Buy one that suits you needs.
    I have a 2017 Ioniq electric, best car for me. 180 in winter, 240 to 280 summer mixed driving. Nope not the fastest but I am not going to any fires, garage sales maybe. 3 years and still love it.

  3. Aren Jay

    The Kona is not for tall people, the raised centre console keeps your foot twisted and hurts your hip in the seat. The Kona arm rest is too low to rest your arm on. The Bolt, though it has skinny seats has lots if hip room, the seat is more comfortable and has better front and back head room, leg room in the Kona Backseat is terrible. Kona and Bolt have good acceleration and drive great. The D drive mode in the Bolt is very Cylinder car like. L feels like your dragging a neighbours dog. The Kona 0-3 settings are cool, 0 being nice on highway drives but they settings are in between the Bolt settings. The Eco+ Eco Comfort and Sport modes are for people who can't drive.

    The Leaf has been talked about other than being bidirection, Chademo is bidirectional its only good part, the leaf is old tech charges slow and cold gates. Leaf has a heater that heats the battery but then it over heats and can't cool down.

    Finally the Bolt has improvements for 2020. Better tech, better DCFC in winter and a better curve down rather than step down DCFC.

  4. MsPokey1234

    I don't understand why some E- Auto Maker ( Like VW – TESLA – CHEV – NISSAN) doesn't ramp-up the Mexican VW Bug plant and make E- "VOLTSWAGONS" on the old Beetle Base = K.I.S.S.? Charge on 110vac~ No Computers ~ Digital Read outs ~ 100<200 Mile range ~ $15,000 <$20,000 priceI would buy 1x!

  5. Gary Morrison

    Excellent comparison, thanks!

    Although it’s a little less critical a concern for Canadians (I’m a Texas boy), one considerable disadvantage for the LEAF is that it (for all realistic purposes) has no battery-cooling system, so its battery capacity will likely degrade to about 70% (i.e., loose ~30%) over 8-10ish years.

    What is relevant for Canadians though is that the Chevy Bolt doesn’t offer a heat pump heating system. It is available for the Kona, and I think that it is available for the LEAF, but i don’t remember for sure off the top of my head. Heat pumps vastly reduce battery drain to heat the cabin.

  6. Sparky

    The Leaf should be at the bottom of the list because the battery is not liquid cooled. These batteries cost upwards of $10k to $15k to replace. Therefore battery lifetime is one of the most important factors in buying an electric vehicle. Liquid cooling is a crucial factor for a long lasting battery. I wouldn't even consider buying an electric vehicle without it.

  7. pandp97

    Nissan Leaf's battery is not liquid cooled, has the least amount of range, and uses the outdated Chadmeo connector for fast charging (fast charging on a battery that is not liquid cooled – not recommended to fast charge more than once on a roadtrip – and does not have a CCS connector, ludicrous to recommend this vehicle over the Bolt! The Bolt's battery pack is liquid cooled, the Bolt has CCS fast charging (hello Electrify America sites and every other public fast charging network!), and has greater range.
    The Bolt has been out for nearly 3 years and is very reliable (Kona? we'll see).
    With the Bolt's compatibility with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, great interior room, surround vision, etc… think the opinion of autotrader is way off. Reverse the ranking order and it's about right.

  8. Jeff.

    Not much of a test if you state factory range and factory consumption. With the load characteristics difference of each car an 400 km round trip can differ in time despite range differences.
    No DC fast charging test. Nor is it mentioned in the video.

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