Chevrolet Bolt EV vs. Hyundai KONA Electric

Chevrolet Bolt EV vs. Hyundai KONA Electric
Chevrolet Bolt EV vs Hyundai KONA Electric

With very similar prices, dimensions, features, range and sizes, it’s hard not to compare the Chevrolet Bolt EV with the Hyundai KONA Electric.

Moreover, both electric cars have plenty of internal components made by LG Chem.

Let’s see some differences between them.



Chevrolet Bolt EV – Opel Ampera-e

Hyundai KONA Electric (Premium)

Hyundai KONA Electric (Lite)

Length (mm)




Width (mm)




Height (mm)




Wheelbase (mm)




Curb weight (kg)




Maximum power (PS)

204 (150 kW)

204 (150 kW)

136 (100 kW)

Maximum torque

360 Nm

395 Nm

395 Nm

Battery (advertised capacity)

60 kWh

64 kWh

39,2 kWh

Thermal Management System (TMS)

Liquid active thermal control

Liquid active thermal control

Liquid active thermal control

Heat pump




Combined range

383 km (238 miles)

406 km (252 miles)

254 km (158 miles)

City range

411 km (255 miles)

444 km (276 miles)

282 km (175 miles)

Highway range

349 km (217 miles)

359 km (223 miles)

221 km (137 miles)

Combined efficiency

5,5 km/kWh

5,6 km/kWh

5,8 km/kWh

City efficiency

6 km/kWh

6,2 km/kWh

6,5 km/kWh

Highway efficiency

5,1 km/kWh

5 km/kWh

5,1 km/kWh

DC fast charging (0 to 80 %)

1 hour

54 minutes

54 minutes

Autonomous Emergency Braking




Lane Assist




Adaptive Cruise Control




Head-up Display





HID Bi-Xenon




Notice that the South Korean test cycle is almost identical to the one used by the EPA in the USA, this means that the range and efficiency figures are very realistic. Moreover, EPA figures measure plug-to-wheels consumption, this means that the on-board charger efficiency matters.


Chevrolet Bolt EV


Chevrolet Bolt EV dimensions



Hyundai KONA Electric


Hyundai KONA Electric dimensions


Undoubtedly, these are two great electric cars, but unfortunately they are produced in extremely low numbers. Anyway, since they are now on sale in South Korea it’ll be interesting to see in the coming months which one will sell better.



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Pedro Lima

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Richard P

If they weren’t from different continents, I’d say we are seeing Peugeot 208 vs Citroen C3.
Twins – with a slightly different face lift.


Hi Pedro, DC fast charging 0-80% in 1h – is this official spec from GM?
I know that GM only states that you can charge 150km in 30 minutes.
For the Kona I expect max charge current >200A and max charge power >75kW. Otherwise recharging 80% in 54 minutes will not be possible.

For the Bolt I saw charging diagrams thar indicate 80 minutes from 0-80% in real life.

Hi Toni, it’s on the Chevrolet Korea website.

“Rapid: about 1 hour (~ 80%)”

Ad van der Meer

Hyundai claims that DC fast charging reaches 100 kW, but also 0-80% in 54 minutes. This is about 57 kW on average. The Ioniq charges at higher average power from 0-80%.
I can’t wait to see the real result.

Marcel Guldemond

Interesting comparison. I think a big difference here is the rear seat room, because the Kona’s design is held back because it has to support variants with gas engines, so it’s longer in front of the cabin and shorter behind the front seats. The Bolt appears to have 47mm more leg room in the rear. Most of the other dimensions appear to be very similar.


The nose on the Bolt is comically small. I would be worried about the leg room in the Kona, since the Bolt already feels very cramped to me.


You mean admirably small. You get better a better field of view and more internal space.


In Europe, we have the Opel Ampera-e which is your Bolt. I prefer the Opel since they are now owned by Peugeot meaning the models will improve in quality ans sportiness. I do NOT like to purchase any Korean product as they do not have proper opened business practices for our products in Korea.

anonymous coward

With the Opel ampera-e you are also buying a Korean battery, Korean charger, inverter, motor…. and the car is still built in the USA by General Motors. The quality will not improve because it has a PSA brand badge.

Not that I’m a fan of consumer nationalism, but for those who are to take a decision based on this, at least they should do it in an informed way.


You should know, that PSA only bougth the Opel brand and the factories. But not the technology. PSA pays a quite large royalty to GM, after every single Ampera-e, sold in the EU, That’s why it’s not offered in the whole EU, and why the prices went up (at the markets, where you can buy it), earlier this year. So it’s nothing to do with PSA. Before “my EVolution”, I used to be a PSA fan. I still own 2 Peugeots. It’s a shame, what they do about the EV market. I hope they will “spin up”, but at the… Read more »


Is the Kona’s battery actively cooled?



one key comparison in N. America shoud be availability—Bolt—yes—-Kona—no

Yes, at the moment only South Korean customers have both to choose from.


I prefer the kona also get mine in december. Because it is much better equiped. Has tms for the battery faster dc charging better looking.
More safety feature better customer focussed dealships.
Ability to charge to specific percentage.
And also 5000 euro cheaper.


I know they are quite similar but the Kona, in pictures at least, seems a lot more suvesque. The Bolt looks like, a chicken? Bad, bad design. It’s like a Ford Fiesta on high heels. The Kona, again, I understand they are both quite alike, feels more like a real, a mini Suv.


Well, the Bolt was designed to be more practical. And I guess the Kona was designed for shallower people such as you.


I’m very curious to see where the Kona’s pricing comes in, especially relative to the Leaf, because that might indicate where the Niro’s pricing is going to end up.

Are we going to see the EV Kona here in Australia any time soon. The long range forecast was to be August of this year 2018. or has this now advanced to 2019?


Given the Kona has a heat pump, I’d be interested in a low temp range spec. Living in the frozen north as I do and drive a Honda Fit EV, I’m very sensitive to the winter range loss.


Too bad there’s no internal space measuer. The silly SUV style seems to have a significant negative effect on internal space (including luggage space).