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Costs, equipment, reliability, safety
At three years old, the Hyundai Kona Electric and Vauxhall Mokka-e come in at around £21,000 each, although the Mokka lost around £2500 more of its value to get there. The Volkswagen ID 3 lost the least amount of its value as it descended to around £24,000.
The Kona Electric should also be the cheapest to insure; its in the lowest insurance group of our trio – 21. It should cost around £618 to insure, while the Mokka-e (group 22) around £640 and the ID 3 (group 27) around £741.
As of writing, the Kona Electric will have around two years left on the five-year/100,000-mile warranty it received from new. The Mokka will be on its final year of its three-year/60,000-mile manufacturer warranty, while its battery will continue to be covered by a eight-year/100,000-mile policy. It's the same case with the ID 3.
For a single service of the Kona Electric, we were quoted just £63 by Hyundai. Vauxhall offered three services as part of its plan on the Mokka-e, but at a cost of £600. For one service of the ID 3, Volkswagen quoted £338, although it was the only service plan to include an MOT at no additional cost.
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.
In our latest What Car? Reliability Survey, the Kona Electric placed 11th out of 14 cars in the electric car class, while the ID 3 ranked eighth. The Mokka-e didn't feature. As brands, Hyundai managed an impressive fifth place finish out of 32 manufacturers; Vauxhall came 23rd and Volkswagen 22nd.
During safety testing conducted by Euro NCAP, the ID 3 received the maximum five stars. The Kona Electric and Mokka-e weren't specifically tested, but the standard Kona got five stars and the standard Mokka four stars.
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