We’re comparing the Volkswagen ID.3, Hyundai Kona Electric and Nissan Leaf. The ID.3 isn’t yet released, so this comparison is based on pre-release information and predictions based on VW standards. The entry level ID has a 48kWh battery, giving an estimate 0-60 time of 8 seconds. The Kona is available in two battery variants and for a fair comparison we will look at the 39kWh variant which has a 0-60 time of 9.7 seconds. The Leaf has a 40kWh battery and does 0-60 in 7.9 seconds. We excluded the Kia E-Niro from this comparison as for the UK market it’s only available with a 64kWh battery, so not really comparable.
Vehicle Size Comparison
All three cars are classified as family cars. The dimensions of the cars are as follows:
- VW ID.3 dimensions = 4.1m length x 1.8 width x 1.5m 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 40cm longer.
The VW ID.3 is estimated to have a boot space of 380 litres, which is larger than the Kona at 334 litres, but smaller than the Nissan Leaf which has 435 litres.
The base price of the VW ID.3 48kWh is estimated to be £26,000. The base price of the entry level Hyundai Kona Electric ‘SE’ is £30,750. The entry level Nissan Leaf ‘Accenta’ is £26,690. These prices exclude any government grant (which is currently £3,500).
To keep the comparison as close as possible we will go with dark grey metallic paint, which we’d estimate to be £580 extra for the ID, is £565 extra for the Kona and is £575 extra for the Leaf. So very similar costs.
The ID.3 is likely to come with 16″ wheels as standard, which is the same as the Leaf. The Kona comes with 17″ wheels.
Equipment wise, the Kona and Leaf are fairly similar specification and based on the entry level VW Golf, we’d expect the VW ID.3 to be fairly similar too.
So in summary the VW ID.3 is expected to be £4,750 cheaper than the Hyundai Kona Electric and £4,190 cheaper than the Nissan Leaf for a fairly similar specification of car.
Therefore the conclusion is that the VW ID.3 is comparatively significantly cheaper than the Kona Electric and also a fair bit cheaper than the Nissan Leaf.
The range of the base VW ID.3 is estimated to be 205 miles, which is more than the Kona which offers 180 miles and the Nissan Leaf which offers 168 miles. The VW ID.3 will support 125kW 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 (and estimates in the case of the VW ID.3) as of 9th May 2019.