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VW ID.3 vs Hyundai Kona Electric vs Nissan Leaf

UPDATED 18th December 2020

Introduction

We’re comparing the Volkswagen ID.3, Hyundai Kona Electric and Nissan Leaf. The entry level ID has a 58kWh battery, giving an estimate 0-60 time of 7.3 seconds. The Kona is available in two battery variants and for a fair comparison we will look at the 64kWh variant which has a 0-60 time of 7.9 seconds. For Nissan Leaf, we will focus on the 62kWh battery and does 0-60 in 6.7 seconds.

Vehicle Size Comparison

All three cars are classified as family cars. The dimensions of the cars are as follows:

  • VW ID.3 dimensions = 4.2m length x 1.8 width x 1.6m height
  • Hyundai Kona Electric dimensions = 4.2m length x 1.8 width x 1.6m height
  • Nissan Leaf dimensions = 4.5m length x 1.8 width x 1.5m height

So, all three cars are similar width and height – the main difference being that the Leaf is around 30cm longer.

The VW ID.3 has a boot space of 385 litres, which is larger than the Kona at 334 litres, but smaller than the Nissan Leaf which has 435 litres.

Price Comparison

The base price of the VW ID.3 Life Pro Performance 58kWh is estimated to be £32,990. The base price of the entry level Hyundai Kona Electric ‘Preium’ 64kWh is £39,150. The Nissan Leaf ‘E+ N-Connecta’ 62kWh is £35,695. These prices exclude any government grant (which is currently £3,000).

To keep the comparison as close as possible we will go with dark grey metallic paint, which is £620 extra for the ID, is no extra for the Kona and is £575 extra for the Leaf. So cheaper on the Kona.

The ID.3 comes with 18″ wheels as standard, whilst both the Kona and Leaf come with 17″ wheels.

Equipment wise, the Kona has the most equipment included, followed by the Leafe and ID.3 has the least.

Factoring in the equipment, the VW ID.3 is cheaper than the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Nissan Leaf for a fairly similar specification of car.

Summary

Therefore the conclusion is that the VW ID.3 is comparatively significantly cheaper than the Kona Electric and the Nissan Leaf.

The WLTP range of the base VW ID.3 is to be 263 miles, which is a bit less than the Kona which offers 300 miles, but more than the Nissan Leaf which offers 239 miles. The VW ID.3 will support 100kW charging, whilst both the Kona Electric and Nissan Leaf support 50kWh. This means the VW ID.3 will be able to be charged significantly quicker – to 80% capacity in around 30mins which half the time the Kona and Leaf require.

NOTE: This comparison is based on prices as of 18th December 2020.