Electric cars (to be continuously updated)

Trying to make sense of which electric car is worth buying for me. I want:

  • some autopilot for motorway traffic
  • pedestrian/car automatic braking
  • 300km motorway range
  • less than 45k€ price, ideally less than 40k€

So right now, candidates are Tesla Model 3 (standard range), Nissan LEAF e-Plus (AKA 2019), Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric. I consider the Chevy Bolt EV/Opel Ampera-e to be dead in Europe.

Spoiler alert: I have ordered the Kia e-Niro which fits the bill!

I have put question marks below when the numbers are guesses of mine.

Tesla Model 3 SR Nissan LEAF e-Plus Hyundai Kona Electric Kia e-Niro
France availability Q2 2019 or later Q4 2018 (acc. to local dealer) Now Q1 2019
Total price before incentives 50k€ (Premium pack 5k€ + Autopilot 5k€)? 45k€? 45k€ (Executive) 42.5k€ (e-Active)
Gross battery capacity (kWh) 52 64 64 64
Battery supplier Tesla/Panasonic LG Chem LG Chem LG Chem
EPA Range (km/miles) 354/220 362/225 415/258 415/258
Battery thermal management Yes Yes Yes Yes
Charge connector type(s) Tesla CCS Chademo+CCS or Chademo+CCS-Combo or CCS-Combo CCS-Combo CCS-Combo
Fast battery charge max power (kW) 120 100 100 (54 min from 0 to 80% at 70kW) 100 (54 min from 0 to 80%, 42 min from 20 to 80%)
Slow battery charge max power (kW) 7.7 11-22 7.2 7.2
Motor power (kW/hp) 192/258 160/215 150/204 150/204
0-100km/h (s) 5.6 6.5 7.6 7.8
Reversible Heat Pump No Yes Yes Yes
Adaptative Cruise Control/Lane Keep Assist $5000 option N-Connecta has ProPilot option? LKA on Executive only Standard (Level 2 autonomous driving)
360° camera No Yes No No
5-seater Need to see European model, floor very high at the back, but seats recently upped Yes but huge central floor hump Yes but little back space. Very low central floor hump though (2.5cm/1in) Very low central floor hump though (2.5cm/1in)

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