2021/01/21 | Test drive
The 2021 Nissan Leaf VS. The 2021 Hyundai Kona
The electrification of vehicles is gaining momentum and is making its way onto a growing number of models from different manufacturers. The Japanese are well ahead of their rivals, with an increasingly innovative offer: this is the case for Nissan Leaf vehicles and some Hyundai vehicles.
A leader in its category, the Nissan Leaf has been on the road for more than 10 years now and remains at the top of the electric car sales charts. Meanwhile, Hyundai is offering an all-new Kona electric vehicle. Can it compare with the Leaf and rise up to the challenge?
Nissan Charlevoix of the L'Ami Junior group in La Malbaie near Clermont offers you this electrifying duel between a Nissan electric vehicle that has proven its worth and a Hyundai that is in its early days: discover the prices and other features of these two cars and find out why the Leaf is so popular.
The Duel between Experience and Novelty
First of all, there's a notable difference between the two vehicles, the Leaf being a compact car while the Kona is a sub-compact SUV. However, whereas one might expect an SUV to offer all-wheel drive, this one doesn't, unlike its gas-powered version. Thus, it doesn't earn any points here.
Among its other features, the SUV should logically be more spacious and family-friendly, but the Nissan Leaf is surprisingly more interesting in that regard, offering a much more spacious interior, especially for rear passengers. Indeed, adults can easily get in and out.
The same goes for cargo capacity: you'd expect the SUV to outgrow the compact, but that's not the case, as the Leaf has a 23-cubic-foot trunk while the Kona only offers 19 cubic feet. In short, the Nissan vehicle is not only more spacious for its passengers, it also is for its cargo.
In addition, since 2020, Nisan has added a new 62 kWh battery that offers the possibility of choosing between a Leaf and a Leaf Plus, the latter being even more powerful and autonomous with 214 horsepower. On the Kona side, there is only one battery choice, a 64 kWh battery with 201 horsepower.
As the Leaf has much more experience behind the tie, it has made significant progress over the years, particularly in terms of charging speed. Admittedly, the Kona is respectable with its 75 minutes charging delay on a fast charge, but the Leaf only needs 40 minutes!
From a comfort standpoint, the Leaf's interior is not only more spacious, it also offers more amenities, such as heated front and rear seats, while only the front passengers enjoy heated seats in the Kona. Moreover, the eight-seat adjustments are not only found in the plush version of the Leaf.
On the technology side, the offer is similar, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technologies, Bluetooth, voice commands, etc., but the Leaf's 8-inch screen is slightly larger than the Kona's 7-inch screen and includes the navigation system in all versions except the S.
All in all, these two electric vehicles are offered in a similar price range, but for reasons of comfort, space and various details that make the difference, the Nissan Leaf is well ahead of the early-stage Hyundai SUV.
Your Next Vehicle Is at Nissan Charlevoix
Your dealership in La Malbaie has everything you could wish for in inventory, whether it's used vehicles, new vehicles, SUVs like the Nissan Qashqai or Rogue, sedans or electric cars. You'll also benefit from the best promotional offers and from exceptional customer service.
To build your Nissan Leaf, visit our dealership's website and build your dream car. After your purchase, do not hesitate to visit the Nissan Clermont garage for any maintenance or repair request: experienced technicians will ensure your Nissan vehicle is well cared for.