Let’s compare the Hyundai Kona Electric with the Kia e-Niro. Which of them is more efficient on highways?
A video below helps to find the answer. The crossovers are kindred. They share the same platform, their battery packs have the similar capacity – 64kWh, but components of different manufacturers: the Hyundai vehicle uses LG Chem, the Kia – SK Innovation. Same-size tires and cruise control set at 75 mph (120 km/h) for keeping speed constant help equalize conditions.
The Hyundai Kona Electric’s driving range is 249 miles (400km), the Kia e-Niro’s – 236 miles (380km), according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The latter is more practical due to more spacious cabin.
After 143 miles (230km) of run, the Kia e-Niro proved to be more economical and efficient: it consumed an average of 22.8 kWh per 62 miles (22.8 kWh/100km). The Hyundai Kona Electric, however, exceeded this figure slightly: 23.4 kWh/100km.
During the ride the temperature overboard dropped to -7°C. Finally, a 249-mile (400-km) trip from Leipzig to Munich showed that the Kia e-Niro was 4 percent more efficient, than the Hyundai Kona Electric.
We can add that unlike the Kia Niro designed as an electrified vehicle from the very beginning, the Hyundai Kona Electric entered the market after its gasoline version had been launched.
The Kona Electric starting price in the USA is $36,450 (minus incentives) and €34,600 in Europe. The e-Niro’s cost is from €42,500 on some European markets. It is not on sale in the United States yet, the plug-in hybrid Niro is priced at $28,500 there.