Hyundai Kona EV vs. Chevrolet Bolt for Sale in Fairfield, CT
As people do more to support the environment, electric vehicles are more popular than ever. Just about every manufacturer has at least one “green” vehicle in its lineup, it can be a challenge to sort through and compare the choices. But some EVs simply stand out from the rest. As an affordable alternative-fuel vehicle with excellent standard features and clear value for its cost, the 2020 Hyundai Kona EV is one of those standouts. Although it faces some qualified competitors, it rises above with its stellar warranty coverage, excellent power and efficiency, and a long list of standard technology features. One of its main competitors is the comparably priced 2020 Chevrolet Bolt. Let’s put them head to head and see how they compare in the categories that today’s buyers are most concerned about.
The 2020 Hyundai Kona EV is equipped with a 64-kWh lithium ion polymer battery that delivers power to a 150-kW electric motor to yield 201 horsepower and 291 lb.-ft. of torque. While this powerplant just beats the 200 hp that the Bolt gets out of its 60-kWh lithium ion battery and 150-kW motor, the difference in torque is more significant, with the Chevy EV making just 266 lb.-ft. EVs are all about torque, which is the true measure of a vehicle’s power from a standstill. Both vehicles are front-wheel drive with a single-speed transmission, and their range is nearly identical: the Kona EV is rated for 258 miles while the Bolt is rated for 259. Best of all, the Kona EV’s around-town fuel efficiency is 132 MPGe (miles per gallon of a gasoline equivalent), which beats the Bolt’s 127 MPGe city rating. Both vehicles have available fast-charging capabilities, but the Kona EV wins here, since it can be fully charged with a 100-kW charger in just 54 minutes, while the Bolt EV takes over an hour to be fully fast-charged.
Safety and Warranty Information
Both the 2020 Kona EV and 2020 Chevrolet Bolt received a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for their outstanding crashworthiness and collision mitigation technology. That said, the Kona EV comes standard with plenty more advanced driver aids than the Bolt. It gets a standard blind-spot collision warning system, rear cross-traffic collision warning, lane keeping assist, forward-collision avoidance assist, and driver attention warning system. The base Bolt only gets bare-bones safety features like an airbag system and the required rearview camera. Advanced driver aids are only available in an optional package or on the more expensive trim levels. The Kona EV also has available high beam assist, a feature that Chevy doesn’t even offer on the Bolt.
When it comes to post-purchase coverage, Chevrolet simply cannot compete with Hyundai. The 2020 Kona EV is backed by a 10-year/100,000-mile electric powertrain limited warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, a 7-year/unlimited-mile anti-perforation warranty, and 5 years/unlimited miles of 24/7 roadside assistance. In comparison, the Bolt is only covered by an 8-year/100,000-mile battery/electric components warranty, a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty, a 3-year/36,000-mile corrosion limited warranty, and a roadside assistance program that’s capped at 60K miles. Even better, Hyundai includes 3 years/36K miles of scheduled maintenance visits at two per year, while Chevy gives its buyers and lessees just one single visit.