- Hyundai KONA Electric is a renowned compact electric SUV.
- The Niro EV could be considered its counterpart from Kia.
- Both share a number of components including the Hyundai-sourced powertrain.
This post covers the comparison of the 2023 versions of the Hyundai KONA Electric and Kia Niro EV. Now, both these EVs are already established products across various international markets. These are converted models from ICE to electric. That helps keep the costs down compared to a fully electric car based on a dedicated electric platform. Each costing under $40,000 USD, we shall glance through the similarities and differences between the two.
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2023 Hyundai KONA Electric vs 2023 Kia Niro EV – Specs Comparison
In terms of powertrains, the KONA electric comes with a 64 kWh Lithium-ion polymer battery pack that powers an electric motor sending power to the front wheels. The total system output is a decent 201 hp and 290 lb-ft (393 Nm). It has a range of 258 miles (415 km) and charging to 80% using a 100 kW DC fast charger takes 47 mins. Acceleration from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) takes 6.4 secs.
On the other hand, the Niro EV comes powered by a 64.8 kWh Lithium-ion polymer battery that also powers the front wheels via an electric motor. The power and torque stand at 201 hp and 188 lb-ft (255 Nm) respectively. The driving range is 253 miles (407 km) and Level 3 DC fast charging takes 43 mins to get charged (up to 80%). Acceleration from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) takes 7.1 secs.
|Specs Comparison||KONA Electric||Niro EV|
|Battery||64 kWh||64.8 kWh|
|Range||258 mi (415 km)||253 mi (407 km)|
|Power||201 hp||201 hp|
|Torque||290 lb-ft (393 Nm)||188 lb-ft (255 Nm)|
|DC Fast Charging||47 mins (10-80%)||43 mins (10-80%)|
|Acceleration (0-62 mph / 100 km/h)||6.4 secs||7.1 secs|
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When it comes to dimensions, the Niro EV has a significant advantage over the KONA Electric. The former is 4,420 mm long, 1,825 mm wide, 1,570 mm high and has a wheelbase of 2,720 mm. On the other hand, the KONA Electric is 4,205 mm long, 1,800 mm wide, 1,570 mm high and has a wheelbase of 2,600 mm.
|Dimensions||Niro EV||KONA Electric|
|Length||4,420 mm||4,205 mm|
|Width||1,825 mm||1,800 mm|
|Height||1,570 mm||1,570 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,720 mm||2,600 mm|
|Boot Capacity||651 litres||544 litres|
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The 2023 Hyundai KONA Electric is the more affordable of the two with the base variant starting at $33,550 USD while the starting price of the 2023 Kia Niro EV is $39,450 USD. The $5,900 price difference gets you more of a car in terms of dimensions, boot capacity and road presence.