2019 Hyundai Kona EV | Game Over Leaf

2019 Hyundai Kona EV | Game Over Leaf

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Hyundai took a while to bring an EV to America but they are going all-in on Electric vehicles for 2019 with the new long-range Kona EV and soon an updated Ioniq EV. Can the Kona match the wow factor of the new 35K Tesla? No. But it does beat the Leaf at its own game.

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  • P barny1

    March 21, 2019

    Soul ev over Kona ev, pricing dependent

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  • hade murray2

    March 21, 2019

    Interior looks dreadful

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  • syncro873

    March 21, 2019

    Clear bra installers are not going to like this vehicle.

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  • Karen H4

    March 21, 2019

    I was just sent an email.. that this car is not available to me in my state… it sucks! They could have dented Tesla sales… so unfortunate

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  • David Reichel5

    March 21, 2019

    "No compromise" from the ICE version they promised…but then Hyundai doesn't offer the Kona EV in AWD. That's a 
    huge compromise for those of us living in steep snow covered mountains.

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  • Douglas Hamner6

    March 21, 2019

    Same motor as the I-pace, with a downcelled version of the same battery. LG builds powertrains for both vehicles.

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  • mlhm57

    March 21, 2019

    where do you charge them vs Tesla?

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  • ukidding8

    March 21, 2019

    too expensive

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  • Cameron9

    March 21, 2019

    We'll see if they even ship any this time, I'm still waiting to see a 2018 Ioniq EV

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  • Shem E. op den camp10

    March 21, 2019

    Just this little problem of non-available batteries, in the Uk you can't even buy one this year anymore.

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  • Pete Moore11

    March 21, 2019

    God !!!….your voice is boring

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  • Jesse Samuels12

    March 21, 2019

    Why does the car have an normal looking car battery under the hood? A sales person told me to start the car but I am thinking no.

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  • davidarf13

    March 21, 2019

    While I can say that the Kona is an excellent modest sized car, having owned one for 6 months, I cannot see any point in claiming it is "Game Over" for any other car until Hyundai ramp up production to levels to meet demand. The reality is that they have drastically cut production in January and February. This does not look like "Game Over".

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  • Ken Peters14

    March 21, 2019

    I lease a 2018 Volt and I am bummed GM has dropped it; not sure about the Bolt, this Kona looks really good! It may be my next lease car? My current plan expires Jan 2021. I also don't like the tax credits being wiped on some EV cars. But this one may work?

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  • Ken Peters15

    March 21, 2019

    I lease a 2018 Volt and I am bummed GM has dropped it; not sure about the Bolt, this Kona looks really good! It may be my next lease car? My current plan expires Jan 2021. I also don't like the tax credits being wiped on some EV cars. But this one may work?

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  • William Dryden16

    March 21, 2019

    When people are only really interested on the range, why ramble on and on about unimportant minor details?

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  • bigbangnone17

    March 21, 2019

    Most stupid front panel that I have ever seen. Try getting the bugs out of this one.

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  • infernovideo18

    March 21, 2019

    I thought I read the Kia's had a similar size but different battery supplier than Hyundai? Did you get conformation on this from either company?

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  • Mark Bader19

    March 21, 2019

    I test drove one of these, and I can say they're an awesome driving vehicle. However, only the deluxe version is available right now, and in CDN currency, after taxes and with no rebates available where I live, the e-Kona would cost $60,240. A regular Kona – the maxed out Ultimate AWD, leather interior, etc, only comes to $36,892. So, how much carbon emitting dirty stuff can I buy for the $23,000 difference? I'm thinking it's a lot. Aside from this, the Ultimate e-Kona is the only version worth considering (again, its also the only model available) given the range for the 64kWh battery of 415km is barely acceptable, in my opinion. I'm going to have to wait until battery production around the world ramps up and the price comes down, at which point I imagine a 700km range (with a sub 1-hour charge time) in an EV will be standard.

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  • Anatole Branch20

    March 21, 2019

    But what about the storage! I cancelled my M3 deposit because of lack of cargo space, I'm hoping the Niro EV has a little more space than this in the back, pls do some storage and rear space comparisons!

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  • J M21

    March 21, 2019

    Hate the front end with grill matching paint. Looks ridiculous. Its also much smaller than it looks on the video. Also, locally I have seen these going for thousands OVER MSRP. This car is not worth $42,000 (I've seen one locally in NY state at $46,000 (if you can even find one).

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  • Haraldur Björnsson22

    March 21, 2019

    While battery supply is not good then Nissan and Tesla are a head with their own production of battery's.. Sad but true so Hyundai/KIA even with superb BEV's then they lack in supply 🙁

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  • Dietmar Krauss-Varban23

    March 21, 2019

    This vehicle is just both tiny and super-expensive in the EV market. I leased my much larger (interior and cargo space) e-Golf for just $140/month, after combined state and federal discounts (note that that price has doubled, now – no thank you…). Most EV buyers don't care about range much beyond ~100 – 150 miles, because they know another car or a rental car or Uber or whatnot can fill the gaps, if needed (in three years, I never had to – except for our regular family commuter and second car for vacation trips).

    Manufacturers: long range just hurts handling, economy, and sales price. Just don't do it. Instead, focus on batteries that despite battery management don't lose 25% charge in as little as three years or 15,000 miles… basically eliminating EVs as a purchase (vs. lease) vehicle…

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  • Francis Galiegue24

    March 21, 2019

    I disagree wrt interior space in the Niro compared to the Kona. The Niro is much more spacious and has a quite larger boot as well. Also, I think the central console layout of the Niro is better done.

    Here in Europe the Niro is approximately €2k more than the Kona; but it would definitely be my choice. It's just a pity that you can't specify the higher trim level without a sun roof which I do not like or want.

    There are two more things which I dislike with both:

    * no app support! Well, there is, but in South Korea only. Come on, Hyundai/Kia…
    * you can't preheat/precool the car with the climate control if it's not plugged in! I can do that in my e-Golf… Which also has app support, by the way!

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  • Cypress Van Horn25

    March 21, 2019

    I didn’t have any issues with the Bolt seats. Not sure why people complain about them.

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  • Cypress Van Horn26

    March 21, 2019

    With current GM discounts, the.Bolt is thousands less than the Kona, while limited supply of the Kona, means dealers are marking it up by thousands. Bolt currently is a better deal, and easier to find to buy.

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  • Richard Smith27

    March 21, 2019

    It’s a great car, but expensive, like all electric cars. Here in Britain there is a twelve month waiting list, so factoring one as a replacement for a car on a PCP is very difficult. My friend can’t justify the wait or the cost, so he’s going for a cheap but fun petrol car, at far less overall cost, until such time as electric cars become easily available and cheaper. Very good assessment by the way.

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  • Robot Ninja28

    March 21, 2019

    Could you clarify what you meant about the Niro still having the same interior dimensions as the Kona even though it was a larger vehicle? You were referring to seating width specifically?

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  • CarnorJast113829

    March 21, 2019

    I dunno. For that kind of money, I'd just as rather have a Kia Soul than this. I mean, I could get a 2019 or 2020 Kia Soul model FULLY equipped with tons of features for what I'd pay for this electric vehicle. Just can't justify that kind of money right now.

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  • Neezy Ko30

    March 21, 2019

    I love the Nixie Tubes!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anthony Tran31

    March 21, 2019

    Hey Alex, when you do the Hyundai Palisade can we get an in-depth comparison with the telluride? It looks to have the same engine, chassis, and overall leg room. But the telluride has a 21 cubic feet cargo space vs the palisade’s 18 ft cu. does that mean the palisade is a bit shorter? Does this change the EPA or weight of the vehicle? Love your videos and details! Thanks!

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  • Jay Jay32

    March 21, 2019

    Tesla Model Y to the Leaf, Kona, Niro…: Hold my beer.

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  • bruno hill33

    March 21, 2019

    I love your desk clock.

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  • David Beaulieu34

    March 21, 2019

    Umm 35k model 3 is a competitor…and better.

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