Best Electric Cars: Hyundai Kona vs BMW i3

Hyundai Kona vs BMW i3

An electric vehicle (EV), no matter the model, comes with many benefits including simple maintenance, zero emissions as well as an all-round excellent driving experience.

The Hyundai Kona and BMW i3 are amongst the best electric cars on the market and we’ve put them head-to-head help you find the right one for your journey.

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Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona is one of the most affordable electric vehicles available on the market but it has a driving range, battery capacity and warranty to compete with more upmarket models. Plus, with the choice of a 39 kWh or 64 kWh battery and 3 models (SE, Premium and Premium SE), you’ll be able to choose the most affordable and suitable model for you.

Within the car is some advanced technology to make your journey even more comfortable, including a wireless phone charger, premium speakers, seats that can be heated or ventilated and a pre-heat option so that you can set the internal temperature before your journey to save battery life.

BMW i3

4 seats and a small boot make the BMW i3 the ideal electric vehicle for smaller families but it does come with a higher price tag than many other electric cars.

The accelerator also acts as a brake, with the kinetic energy being recovered when you take your foot off the pedal – known as ‘one-pedal-feeling’.

BMW Professional Multimedia Navigation system displays the range, most efficient route and displays the charging points. In addition, you can connect with smartphones, smartwatches and voice-controlled assistants (Amazon Echo).

Electric vehicles might not produce any emissions on the move but it’s often forgotten that large parts of the vehicles themselves are often made from materials produced using unsustainable methods.

The interior of the BMW i3, however, has been built using renewable and recycled materials. Plus, the only energy used during the manufacturing process comes from renewable sources.

Hyundai Kona vs BMW i3

We’ve seen what both of these electric cars have to offer, now it’s time to compare them. We’ll be looking at some of the specifications that are important to consider with the purchase of any electric vehicle:

  • Driving range
  • Battery capacity
  • Running costs
  • Potential upfront costs
  • Warranty
  • Acceleration
  • Top speed

Driving range

The driving range of an electric vehicle shows how far you’ll be able to get on a full battery before it needs to be charged. You’ll be able to get further on a single charge with the Hyundai Kona with a driving range of 279 miles compared to 160 miles for the BMW i3.

Battery capacity

The further driving range of the Hyundai Kona is possible thanks to the 64 kWh battery (a 39 kWh battery is also available. Both of these battery capacities are larger than the 38 kWh in the BMW i3, which explains the lower driving range.

Acceleration and top speed

Not always essential to know, but interesting nonetheless, is the acceleration and top speed. The BMW i3 can hit 62 miles a fraction faster but the Kona has a higher top speed.

Electric Vehicle Acceleration Top speed
Hyundai Kona 0-62 in 7.6 seconds 104mph
BMW i3 0-62 miles in 7.3 seconds 93mph

Running costs

Comparing the running costs will give you an idea of how much an electric car could potentially cost in the long run. While electricity is expensive, huge savings can be made by investing in solar.

Electric Vehicle Battery capacity Approximate cost to charge battery at 15p per kWh Maximum range from a single charge Approximate running cost per mile Approximate running cost over 13,000 miles
Hyundai Kona 64 £9.60 279 miles 3.4p £442
BMW i3 38 £5.70 160 miles 3.6p £468

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Warranty period

Both the Hyundai Kona and BMW i3 are covered by an Unlimited Mileage Warranty as well as separate cover for the battery.

The battery warranty gives an idea of battery life expectancy, 8 years in both cases but Hyundai offer an additional 25,000 miles over BMW for their electric vehicle.

Electric Vehicle Unlimited Mileage Warranty Battery Warranty
Hyundai Kona 5 8 years or 125,000 miles
BMW i3 3 8 years or 100,000 miles

Potential cost

There’s not too much to separate these electric vehicles in terms of price, with the BMWi3 starting at around £35,180 while the Hyundai Kona has an approximate starting price of £35,706. Only a difference of £506 but note that the price will vary depending on the supplier.

Both the Hyundai Kona and BMW i3 are eligible for the £3,500 discount through the government’s Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG). These models both meet the eligibility requirements because they produce CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 112 kilometres (70 miles) without producing any CO2, making them Category 1 rated.

Hyundai Kona vs BMW i3: Winner

A potentially lower upfront cost, as well as lower running costs, makes it hard not to hand victory to the Hyundai Kona, which also has the larger battery capacity and greater range.

While the Hyundai Kona has come out on top in this comparison, there are many electric vehicles available in a growing market – take a look more of the Best Electric Cars available in the UK.

Why buy an electric vehicle?

We’ve compared 2 of the best electric vehicles available on the market by why should you consider driving an electric car? These are a few benefits of going electric:

  • Reduce your carbon footprint
  • Cheaper to run than petrol or diesel
  • Often cheaper and simpler to maintain
  • Safe method of transport
  • Can be charged at home
  • Charge for free using solar panels

The biggest benefit on offer with an electric vehicle are the much reduced running costs. The price of petrol and diesel is constantly on the rise and, in comparison, electric vehicles are much cheaper to run.

What’s even better is that by installing solar panels you can charge your electric car using free renewable solar energy, taking the running costs down to zero!

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