New Vauxhall Mokka-e and Hyundai Kona Electric vs Volkswagen ID.3: costs

Can Vauxhall’s striking new Mokka-e SUV beat the freshly facelifted Kona and class-leading ID.3 in this small electric car shootout?...

Vauxhall Mokka-e 2021 side

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

All of our contenders qualify for the £2500 government grant for EVs costing less than £35,000, but whether you’re looking at the list prices or our discounted Target Prices, the Kona is the cheapest cash buy by a fair margin, with the Mokka being the most expensive.

The Kona is also cheapest for insurance and servicing costs, and it uses the least electricity per mile. If you combine that with its strong predicted resale values, which are only just behind the ID.3’s as a percentage of its list price, it’s the least costly private buy over three years. The ID.3 will cost you around £1500 more to own than the Kona over that period, while the Mokka’s relatively heavy depreciation means it’ll cost nearly £4000 more than the Kona.

Weaker resale values tend to make PCP finance payments more expensive, and so it proves with the Mokka. Put down a £3400 deposit (over 36 months with a limit of 10,000 miles per year) and you’ll pay £449 a month. That’s slightly more than the ID.3’s £446 a month, while the Kona undercuts both at £414.

Hyundai Kona Electric 2021 side

If you’re considering one of these as a company car, there’s little to separate them. Until April 2022, the Kona and ID.3 will cost a 40% tax payer a very reasonable £11 per month in benefit-in-kind tax. The Mokka will cost you a whole £1 per month more.

Although the ID.3 has the stingiest standard equipment tally (including steel wheels with plastic trims), you still get climate control, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and adaptive cruise control. Both the Kona and Mokka add keyless entry and alloy wheels.

The Mokka and ID.3 are able to charge at a rate of up to 100kW, while the Kona is slower with a 50kW maximum. Balance that with the size of their batteries and the Mokka takes a little less than half an hour to get from 10-80% via a suitable CCS rapid charger, with the ID.3 taking just over 30 minutes and the Kona around 45 minutes. If you’re plugging into a typical 7kW home wallbox, the Kona takes about six and a half hours to go from 0-100%, the Mokka seven and a half hours and the ID.3 a bit over nine hours.

Volkswagen ID.3 2021 side

The Mokka and ID.3 are both too new to have appeared in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey. The Kona Electric performed exceedingly well in its class, though, and Hyundai, as a brand, ranked sixth out of 31 manufacturers. Volkswagen was in the bottom half, in 20th place, and Vauxhall was a lowly 27th. Both the Mokka and ID.3 have a three-year or 60,000-mile warranty, while the Kona comes with five years of cover and no mileage limit. The batteries have an eight-year warranty in each case.

All of our contenders come with safety features such as automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance, with the Kona and Mokka adding blindspot monitoring. The Kona Electric and the Mokka haven’t been crash tested by Euro NCAP yet. The ID.3 has been put through the safety body’s toughest test to date and still managed the full five stars.

New Vauxhall Mokka-e and Hyundai Kona Electric vs Volkswagen ID.3 costs

Used alternative

2019 Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 front action

Spend just a few thousand pounds more and you could own a two-year-old Model 3. Despite being a saloon, it’s surprisingly practical, thanks to its spacious interior and two boots. In addition, it’s swift, good to drive and well equipped, with an official range of 254 miles in Standard Range Plus form, plus it gives you access to Tesla’s rapid and convenient Supercharger network.

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