The Chevrolet Bolt EV introduced the world to affordable long-range electric vehicles when it debuted in 2017, hitting the market with more than 200 miles of range per charge for under $40,000, along with a spacious interior.
Since then, the Bolt has summoned a closely matched rival. And we don’t mean the Tesla Model 3, the best-selling electric car. That’s a sharp-driving, high-tech sedan with less cargo space, more complicated controls, and — in its base form — the same range as the Chevy. Instead, we mean the Hyundai Kona EV, the fully electric version of Hyundai’s subcompact crossover. It aligns closely with the Bolt on the spec sheet while delivering even more features for the money. (Both models, despite some SUV-like qualities, have only front-wheel drive.) If you want a practical, user-friendly electric car that’s capable of long drives without recharging, which one is the best? Read on as we discuss how the Bolt and Kona compare in eight ways, and which is the top choice overall.