Can the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Hold Its Own Against the 2021 Ford Mach-E?

The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric and 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E are two of the best-selling electric SUVs right now, though the Mustang Mach-E seems almost untouchable. With its excellent road test score, reliability ratings and owner satisfaction, can the Kona Electric hold its own against the new electric SUV?

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The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E’s road test score is excellent 

Consumer Reports gives the Mach-E a 78 for its road test score. It also gives the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-e a perfect 5/5 for its acceleration. It can reach 0 to 60 in 5.3 seconds. Its transmission scores a perfect 5/5. Routine handling gets a perfect 5/5, and emergency handling is a 3/5. The Ford Mustang Mach-e ’s max avoidance speed is 52 mph.

Braking is excellent in the Mustang Mach-e. It scores a 4/5 and can brake from 60 mph on wet pavement in 136 feet and dry pavement in 142 feet. The Mach-e’s headlights score a fantastic 4/5.

As far as comfort, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-e gets a 3/5 for its ride, and a 5/5 for noise. Front and rear-seat comfort each get a 4/5. Interior fit and finish get a good 4/5. The trunk and cargo space scores a 3/5. The Mach-e has 29.5 cubic feet of storage space.

The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric’s road test score is also very good

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric a 76 for its road test score. This includes a 4/5 for its acceleration. It can reach 0 to 60 in 6.6 seconds. Its transmission scores a perfect 5/5. Routine handling gets a very good 4/5, but its emergency handling only receives a 3/5. The Hyundai Kona Electric’s max avoidance speed is 54 mph.

Braking is very good in the Kona Electric. It scores a 4/5 and can brake from 60 mph on wet pavement in 135 feet and dry pavement in 145 feet. The Kona Electric’s headlights score a pretty terrible 1/5.

As far as comfort, the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric gets a 3/5 for its ride. It’s fairly quiet: it scores a 4/5 for its noise. While the front seat comfort gets a very good 4/5, the rear seat comfort is just a 3/5.

Interior fit and finish get a mediocre 3. The trunk and cargo space scores only a 2/5, so it’s not a great vehicle for a trip to a wholesale club.

Reliability scores and owner satisfaction are pretty similar

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-e just a 2/5 for its predicted reliability. It doesn’t currently offer more information than this, so we’ll have to pay attention for updates to the reliability score and reasoning behind it. 

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-e has an excellent owner satisfaction score, at a 5/5. As with the reliability, there isn’t more information about why Consumer Reports thinks that Mach-e owners will be so happy with their cars.

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric just a 3/5 for its predicted reliability. Although there are no reliability ratings for 2020, the 2019 has an okay reliability rating. Although most of the ratings are good, the power equipment is a major problem area in the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric.  

The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric has a pretty good owner satisfaction score, at a 4/5. Owners give the driving experience an 88 and comfort a 71. Styling gets a 54. Value is a 39, which isn’t bad as far as value ratings go. 80% of people would buy their Hyundai Kona Electric again, which is second highest in its class.

The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric and 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E have very similar scores, and although the Mustang Mach-E is a customer favorite, the Hyundai Kona Electric does more than hold its own; it actually has a higher overall rating. With the Kona Electric’s overall 73 to the Mach-E’s 62, the Kona Electric may even be a better choice than the Mach-E. 

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