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Hyundai Kona Electric vs. Chevrolet Bolt EV: Which Is the Best Affordable Long-Range EV? | Edmunds

Published on Nov 24, 2018 372,906 views

Until now, the Chevrolet Bolt EV and its 238 miles of range had a lock on the affordable long-range electric vehicle market. But now Hyundai has introduced the Kona Electric, a similarly sized EV that packs 258 miles of range for about the same price. We put them through the wringer to see which one is best.

Q: Are the Bolt and the Kona Electric really competitors?
A: Yes, the Kona Electric and the Chevrolet Bolt EV are competitors. They share the same wheelbase and overall length, and the Kona is only slightly lower and a bit wider than the Bolt. Both are four-door hatchbacks, although the Kona Electric is marketed as an SUV while the Bolt is not. And each is a front-wheel-drive machine powered by an electric motor rated at 150 kilowatts, which translates to 200 horsepower in the case of the Chevy and 201 hp for the Hyundai.

Q: How are the Kona Electric and the Bolt EV different?
A: The Kona Electric rides smoother than the Bolt because it has a multilink rear suspension instead of the Bolt's less sophisticated twist beam. And the Kona's cabin is wider inside, its front seats are more accommodating, and its interior controls and materials are more attractive. The Bolt, on the other hand, offers slightly more cargo room and a clear advantage in rear legroom.

Q: How far will the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the Hyundai Kona Electric go on a single charge?
A: The Chevrolet Bolt EV can go 238 miles on a charge. And to this point that has been far and away the most electric range offered by any affordably priced electric vehicle, by which we mean, not a Tesla. The Kona EV now tops that with 258 miles of range. That's fantastic, but it doesn't put the Bolt EV to shame. Both have enough to allow spontaneous side trips, skipped days without charging and even short weekend trips. And we have seen for ourselves that each of them can manage stints of over 300 miles with sensible driving in L.A.'s notorious slow-and-go freeway commute traffic.

Q: Wouldn't 300 miles or 400 miles of rated range be better?
A: We're not convinced. How much do you drive in a day, really? Besides, bigger batteries cost more money, and they also take up space that is better used for passengers and cargo. The range of these vehicles may represent the sweet spot. After all, the typical 240-volt charge station can add no more than 18-25 miles per hour of charging, which is why both take over nine hours to fill from empty.

Read more about the Chevrolet Bolt EV here:
https://www.edmunds.com/chevrolet/bol...

Read more about the Hyundai Kona Electric here:
https://www.edmunds.com/hyundai/kona-...

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Comments
  • Jordan Catcher
    Jordan Catcher 7 месяцев назад I'll take the kona electric.
  • Fuert Neigt
    Fuert Neigt Неделю назад Trump needs to put Tariffs on all those foreign cars, Americans need to pay the government $15,000 in Tariff for each car they buy that way they can support the American car companies that way through subsidies. Trump says it is a profit and we have been making billions of profit off the Chinese Tariffs.
  • THE CRAZY KID STUDIO
    THE CRAZY KID STUDIO 3 месяца назад I have a bolt and it’s not small not slow and it’s better than kpmg electric
  • Kevin M
    Kevin M 3 месяца назад @David Beppler You're an idiot.I just bought a Kona EV.
  • manoman0
    manoman0 3 месяца назад @David Beppler ...and one's not the latest generation EV. The Kona is new. I sat in one and it's slightly better but not that much better and then there's the styling...
  • manoman0
    manoman0 3 месяца назад @David Beppler on paper.
  • David Beppler
    David Beppler 3 месяца назад @manoman0 They cost the same.
  • manoman0
    manoman0 3 месяца назад @David Beppler They are entirely different cars.
  • manoman0
    manoman0 3 месяца назад It's tight inside. Bolt all the way.
  • David Beppler
    David Beppler 3 месяца назад @THE CRAZY KID STUDIO Suggesting I would like to punch you in the face? True. But just informing you that if you drove a TM3 for a week you would never want to drive a Bolt again is not mean. Grow up.
  • THE CRAZY KID STUDIO
    THE CRAZY KID STUDIO 3 месяца назад David Beppler you are mean to everyone
  • David Beppler
    David Beppler 3 месяца назад @THE CRAZY KID STUDIO If you had a week with a TM3 you would never want to go back to the Bolt.
  • THE CRAZY KID STUDIO
    THE CRAZY KID STUDIO 3 месяца назад I have a bolt and it’s awesome
  • David Beppler
    David Beppler 4 месяца назад @THE CRAZY KID STUDIO Bolts are failure in business! Bolts batteries are bad! Bolts are not a safe car! Bolts cost too much!
  • THE CRAZY KID STUDIO
    THE CRAZY KID STUDIO 4 месяца назад @David Beppler what no bolts are the best i have one my self
  • lifehackertips
    lifehackertips 4 месяца назад Jordan Catcher wrong. 5:50 Hyundai has less rear space so Chevy wins
  • Suzi Lindblad
    Suzi Lindblad 5 месяцев назад @David Beppler I agree! My nephew just bought one. Yes, the Tesla is definitely a beautiful car. In fact I asked him if he'd like to trade cars... He has an awesome smile😉
  • David Beppler
    David Beppler 5 месяцев назад @Suzi Lindblad Think that is nice? You should drive a Tesla.
  • Suzi Lindblad
    Suzi Lindblad 5 месяцев назад @David Beppler sigh...🤦‍♀️
  • David Beppler
    David Beppler 5 месяцев назад @Suzi Lindblad So GM can only build 30,000 cars a year? That would be why they are going out of business and closing all their plants. Bolts are VAPORWARE! GM has no interest in building a car they can't sell and when they do, they can't make a profit on. Just because you can buy one, they are just sitting on lots, does not make them real. If you prefer unsupported compliance car, then use that, I prefer to call them VAPORWARE.
  • Suzi Lindblad
    Suzi Lindblad 5 месяцев назад @David Beppler Bolt is not vaporware! They aren't making the chevy VOLT anymore. The 2019 Bolt just came out and have some upgrades from what they guys were complaining about, which personally I don't agree with.
  • Suzi Lindblad
    Suzi Lindblad 5 месяцев назад Don't care what these 2 have to say, Chevy Bolt is an awesome car!
  • Suzi Lindblad
    Suzi Lindblad 5 месяцев назад Good luck on that.
  • Roger Starkey
    Roger Starkey 6 месяцев назад @Anthony Malin Top tip? "Hahaha" reflects on you, as does "my job is done" If you have no argument, admit it. If you do, show some figures to back it up. (I doubt you can)
  • Anthony Malin
    Anthony Malin 6 месяцев назад @Roger Starkey Hahahah, I see you have your manbun is a knot. I see my job is done here.
  • Roger Starkey
    Roger Starkey 6 месяцев назад @Anthony Malin And yet again, every part of your comment simply reflects on you (As I said, triggered) Read the definition of "snowflake" again, it describes you perfectly, and, the more you protest, the truer it becomes. Your first post related to the Bolt "selling well"...... It's not. Then that "they can't make enough". Why are they discounting (15-20%?) If "They can't make enough"? They could make more, they wouldn't sell. They still have the discount, so that's not relevant. Let's wait for the Kona to spank it's ass in a few months? See what you say then? You're too easy to troll, btw. The angrier you get, the more fun it is! (+Try a spell checker, maybe some help with grammar? (Ask your parents) You may be taken more seriously?)
  • Anthony Malin
    Anthony Malin 6 месяцев назад (изменено) @Roger Starkey Snowflake in his tiny overpriced car with his little manhood forcing his biased opinion on others. Save the planet snowflake, Hey, if the coal powered electric plant is not in your neighborhood, it must be clean, right? They are reviewing a Bolt and a Kono, not a Tesla Tiny so your remarks are mute. Oh, I am not offended. Snowflakes make me laugh. They get offended so easily and fun to troll. Had to look up Triggered. Tells me your a little boy still. Triggered, hahahahahaha. New communication for snowflakes. Move out of your parents basement. Stop asking Dad for new Tesla's.
  • Roger Starkey
    Roger Starkey 6 месяцев назад @Anthony Malin Triggered? (NO assumption there!) It's not only the figures that prove you wrong. The general, unbiased reviews of both vehicles contradict you. ..... "Snowflake"? Really? ".........over-emotional, easily offended, and unable to deal with opposing opinions...."? That would send to describe you pretty well judging by your last post. Have a mediocre day!
  • Anthony Malin
    Anthony Malin 6 месяцев назад (изменено) @Roger StarkeyYou are a biased snowflake and there is no assumption there. One of the best selling cars in the world is from TATA motors. Just because something sells a lot does not make it good. It's biased pricks like you that don't have a open mind that think following the sheaple is the way to go. I get it, Tesla makes you feel you have a bigger prick and you are going to announce it to the world. How else can you justify getting ripped off. Keep on youtubeing tiny.
  • Roger Starkey
    Roger Starkey 6 месяцев назад (изменено) @Anthony Malin   1) Never assume 2) You mean the 3 costs 50k and still sold 12 times the volume? 3) Ask why they reduced the Bolt? (Not selling) 4) Then ask why it's still not selling? (Kia / Hyundia?)
  • Anthony Malin
    Anthony Malin 6 месяцев назад @Roger Starkey I can only assume you own one. At $50000 it is hard to admit you got ripped off I guess. The Bolt is 36000
  • Roger Starkey
    Roger Starkey 6 месяцев назад @Anthony Malin Correction! I mean the 3 sold more in The US in December than the Bolt sold worldwide all year!
  • Roger Starkey
    Roger Starkey 6 месяцев назад @Anthony Malin Test? The model 3 sold more in December than the Bolt sold in the whole year.
  • Anthony Malin
    Anthony Malin 6 месяцев назад @Roger Starkey All major cities in US are buying Bolts. They cannot make enough. You are clueless.
  • David Beppler
    David Beppler 6 месяцев назад @Jason 300? Yes, when production is that low, they do not exist. The US buys 17 million cars a year. Tesla, a small startup with only one factory builds more then 1000 a day!
  • Jason
    Jason 6 месяцев назад @David Beppler There are less 300 bolts built per day, but they don't exist? WHAT?
  • Hamilcar Stronginthearm
    Hamilcar Stronginthearm 6 месяцев назад (изменено) @S Userman "Seattle doesn't exist, in your country." Does the moon exist? English is an amazing language with lots of words with subtle shades of meaning. Choosing between "exist" and "is located in" or "are readily available" is not that hard.
  • Frank E
    Frank E 7 месяцев назад (изменено) @David Beppler They are being built. You tube "tesla Bjorn Norway kona" that dude reviews one. If they sell em in america.....that has to be seen.
  • David Beppler
    David Beppler 7 месяцев назад @tubewacha I agree with you. But if they "the experts" can stretch the definition of vaporware, then an idiot like me can stretch it even further. I am still right. Bolt is vaporware because you can go out and buy one right now, but nobody wants one. Building an inferior product with an inflated price tag is not successful. The Bolt should be selling for $20k. Then they would not be sitting on lots and would be "successful" with every one selling straight from the factory, like all of the $60,000 TM3's are. Tesla is building 1,000 TM3s a day and selling them at $60,000 each and still can't keep up with demand. GM builds 500 Bolts a month... they sit on lots. Hoping someone buys one.
  • tubewacha
    tubewacha 7 месяцев назад @David Beppler You are miss characterizing what they said (@1:48)and you are stretching the definition of vaporware even more than they are. Vaporware is stuff that was promised and never delivered. We have yet to see if Tesla will deliver a $35000 Model 3 , but it's really not proven it is vaporware... yet. At the very least it is not being delivered when originally advertised. Chevy has delivered and has been selling $37000 Bolt EVs for a while now Although not in huge numbers. Bolt is not vaporware because you can go out and buy one right now if you want to at that price in the US.
  • David Beppler
    David Beppler 7 месяцев назад @tubewacha I disagree. There are 1,000 TM3 built a day. There are less than 300 Bolts built a day. That makes the Bolt vaporware. It does not exist. Or do you think the Bolt can never change in price? They will just raise the price when the TM3 hits market at $35k? How long until the Bolt is 15% cheaper? When is GM predicting that? Why not?
  • tubewacha
    tubewacha 7 месяцев назад @David Beppler they said the $35000 Tesla Model 3 is vaporware, not the Kona or Bolt.
  • S Userman
    S Userman 7 месяцев назад @Hamilcar Stronginthearm Seattle doesn't exist, in your country. And the Kona electric doesn't exist, in 98 percent of US States. I never asked if the car existed in California or other countries.
  • Hamilcar Stronginthearm
    Hamilcar Stronginthearm 7 месяцев назад @S Userman Why just states? How about counties? How about postal codes? If a product doesn't exist in my postal code (9 digit to be sure), it doesn't exist. Seattle clearly doesn't exist, because it also doesn't exist in 49 of 50 states, and is only in 1 of 195 countries.
  • S Userman
    S Userman 7 месяцев назад @Hamilcar Stronginthearm What is the difference between "a product that doesn't exist" and a Hyundai Kona Electric that doesn't exist in 49 of the 50 States, in those 49 States?
  • David Beppler
    David Beppler 7 месяцев назад @0hypnotoad0 I agree.
  • 0hypnotoad0
    0hypnotoad0 7 месяцев назад @David Beppler Yeah GM is up to something with the Bolt. It's either a compliance vehicle, or maybe meant to take a chunk out of Tesla's sales. I suppose the Bolt is designed by an enthusiastic engineering department (thus why its a good car) but GM as a company entirely begrudges making electrics.
  • David Beppler
    David Beppler 7 месяцев назад @Nick Gibbs so they built one? Ok, Tesla is building 1000 a day.
  • Nick Gibbs
    Nick Gibbs 7 месяцев назад @David Beppler I can guarantee you the Kona EV is produced because I can see one outside my office window
  • David Beppler
    David Beppler 7 месяцев назад @Hamilcar Stronginthearm i am applying it exactly as the video did. They are not building the cars in enough numbers to matter. That is vaporware. You can not buy them.
  • Hamilcar Stronginthearm
    Hamilcar Stronginthearm 7 месяцев назад @David Beppler "Vaporware". I think you're misapplying the term. Just because something isn't 'on shelves' yet does not make it vapor. Vaporware is something that will never be a physical product, that someone is using as a prop or pitch to sell something else, such as otherwise worthless stocks.
  • NewmanAutomotive
    NewmanAutomotive 7 месяцев назад (изменено) They certainly are building the Kona, Hyundai can't currently keep up with demand in europe. There's a 42 week wait in the UK from order to delivery at present!
  • A
    A 7 месяцев назад Ill take the Tesla anything over this
  • Roger Starkey
    Roger Starkey 7 месяцев назад @Mark snyder Sales numbers of what?
  • Mark snyder
    Mark snyder 7 месяцев назад @Roger Starkey Sales number are the highest they have been all year. Maybe low but they are selling them.
  • LeHoink
    LeHoink 7 месяцев назад I’ll go with the Niro.
  • Go Clunker
    Go Clunker 7 месяцев назад @David Beppler You obviously don't own a dictionary.
  • David Beppler
    David Beppler 7 месяцев назад @Go Clunker obviously you did not watch the video.
  • Go Clunker
    Go Clunker 7 месяцев назад (изменено) @David Beppler Are you an idiot? VAPORWARE means something that was planned, hyped, marketed and NEVER PRODUCED. The friggin' Sega Neptune is vaporware. The kona and volt WERE PRODUCED.
  • David Beppler
    David Beppler 7 месяцев назад @blownb310 did you watch the video? No? Go watch it. They admit Bolt and Kona are vaporware. They are not producing these cars. They make no profit from these cars. You are wrong.
  • blownb310
    blownb310 7 месяцев назад @David Beppler Read what you just wrote. Bolt is vaporware now? You said twice in this thread that the Kona is vaporware and that Hyundai hasn't built any. You are wrong.
  • David Beppler
    David Beppler 7 месяцев назад @blownb310 my facts are straight. Vaporware. They are not building any. Tesla built 130,000 GM built 30,000. Tesla has 1 factory. Bolt is vaporware. Facts.
  • blownb310
    blownb310 7 месяцев назад (изменено) ​@David Beppler If Hyundai isn't building any, why are Kona EVs out all over Europe and the Nordic countries? Instead of spewing inaccuracies, why don't you get your facts straight?
  • Roger Starkey
    Roger Starkey 7 месяцев назад @Francis Batista The Bolt is "on sale", not necessarily "selling".... Probably just as well, they'd be losing more money.
  • Roger Starkey
    Roger Starkey 7 месяцев назад @David Beppler As you rightly say What's good for the goose.....
  • David Beppler
    David Beppler 7 месяцев назад @Francis Batista as I said, vaporware. You can not buy them. They are not building any.
  • Francis Batista
    Francis Batista 7 месяцев назад @David Beppler Bolt is already on sale. And the Kona is going on sale at February 2019.
  • David Beppler
    David Beppler 7 месяцев назад sorry, none were produced. Vaporware.
  • OpineNow
    OpineNow 7 месяцев назад I'm looking forward to it.