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
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.
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.
|Hyundai Kona Electric 39kWh Premium||Nissan Leaf 40kWh N-Connecta|
|Price||£28,720 (after PiCG)||£29,295 (after PiCG)|
|Motor||1x electric motor||1x electric motor|
|Transmission||Single-speed automatic, front-wheel drive||Single-speed automatic, front-wheel drive|
|0-60mph||8.6 seconds||7.8 seconds|
|Energy consumption||4.5 miles/kWh||3.6 miles/kWh|
|Tax||£0 VED / 13% BiK||£0 VED / 13% BiK|
|Options||Metallic paint (£565)||None|
|Boot (seats up/down)||332/1,114 litres||435/1,176 litres|
In This Review
- 1IntroductionWe put two of the market-leading mid-size electric cars head-to-head, with the Hyundai Kona Electric taking on the Nissan Leaf
- 2Range & chargingThe Nissan Leaf features the biggest battery, but it’s the Kona Electric that returns the most range
- 3Running costs & warrantySlightly better efficiency gives the Hyundai Kona Electric the edge over the Nissan Leaf
- 4Driving & performanceThe Hyundai Kona Electric and Nissan Leaf are closely matched, with strong 0-30mph figures ideal for urban driving
- 5Interior, comfort & practicalityThe Leaf’s smartphone app is very unreliable, although the Kona Electric is yet to offer such technology
- 6Verdict - currently readingThe Hyundai Kona Electric and Nissan Leaf are both excellent family cars, but the Kona has the edge