2019 Volkswagen e-Golf vs. 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The e-Golf has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Kona Electric doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The e-Golf has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Kona Electric doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The e-Golf SEL Premium has standard Park Distance Control to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Kona Electric doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the e-Golf and the Kona Electric have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The e-Golf’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Kona Electric’s (12 vs. 7 years).

Brakes and Stopping

The e-Golf stops much shorter than the Kona Electric:

e-Golf

Kona Electric

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the e-Golf’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the Kona Electric (103.5 inches vs. 102.4 inches).

The e-Golf handles at .83 G’s, while the Kona Electric Ultimate pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

The Volkswagen e-Golf may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 pounds less than the Hyundai Kona Electric.

The design of the Volkswagen e-Golf amounts to more than styling. The e-Golf has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the Kona Electric (.29) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the e-Golf get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The e-Golf has .4 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom and 2.2 inches more rear legroom than the Kona Electric.

Cargo Capacity

The e-Golf has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Kona Electric with its rear seat up (22.8 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The e-Golf has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Kona Electric with its rear seat folded (52.7 vs. 45.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The e-Golf’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Kona Electric’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the e-Golf the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows with the driver’s door power window switch. The driver of the Kona Electric can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The e-Golf’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Kona Electric SE/Limited’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the e-Golf SEL Premium has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Kona Electric doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The e-Golf SEL Premium’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Kona Electric doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The e-Golf’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Kona Electric doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the e-Golf and the Kona Electric offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the e-Golf has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Kona Electric doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The e-Golf SEL Premium’s Parking Steering Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Kona Electric doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

The Golf was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 13 of the last 13 years. The Kona Electric has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Golf as their 2015 Car of the Year. The Kona Electric has never been chosen.

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