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Hyundai Kona Electric vs Nissan Leaf: verdict

The Hyundai Kona Electric and Nissan Leaf are both excellent family cars, but the Kona has the edge

Verdict rating

3.5 out of 5

There's no denying that the Hyundai Kona Electric and Nissan Leaf are both superb cars, and by any stretch their running costs will offer big savings over petrol and diesel alternatives.

Yes, there are drawbacks: the Kona Electric's boot is a little on the small side, while the Leaf's infotainment feels very dated for a car that is, after all, laden with the latest technology and equipment.

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But putting those foibles to one side, both cars represent an ideal first step into the world of electric motoring. The reality is that either vehicle will leave you very satisfied indeed.

Of course, there can only be one winner in this electric-car head-to-head. So without further ado, our verdict is as follows...

First place: Hyundai Kona Electric

The Hyundai Kona Electric is the better of these two electric family cars. It gets beaten by the Leaf on boot space, but has a nicer interior with better technology and more room for passengers. The impressive claimed range was carried over to the real world on our tests and, generally, the Kona does a fine job as an electric car that’s also desirable family transport.

Second place: Nissan Leaf

There’s no doubt that the Nissan Leaf is an accomplished electric car; it loses out to the Kona mainly because of its more limited range, slightly awkward driving position, inferior touchscreen and lack of 100kW charging rapid charging. So, while it offers good practicality and cheaper monthly finance costs, and remains a fine and worthy electric family car, the Hyundai is the better all-rounder. 

Specs

 Hyundai Kona Electric 39kWh PremiumNissan Leaf 40kWh N-Connecta
Price£28,720 (after PiCG)£29,295 (after PiCG)
Motor1x electric motor1x electric motor
Power134bhp148bhp
Torque395Nm320Nm
TransmissionSingle-speed automatic, front-wheel driveSingle-speed automatic, front-wheel drive
0-60mph8.6 seconds7.8 seconds
Top speed96mph90mph
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph56.0/41.5/9.2m48.9/35.6/8.8m
Energy consumption4.5 miles/kWh3.6 miles/kWh
Charge cost£4.91£5.04
CO2 emissions0g/km0g/km
Tax£0 VED / 13% BiK£0 VED / 13% BiK
OptionsMetallic paint (£565)None
Length4,180mm4,490mm
Width1,800mm1,790mm
Height1,570mm1,540mm
Wheelbase2,600mm2,700mm
Boot (seats up/down)332/1,114 litres435/1,176 litres
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