See how our Hyundai Kona compares to the Kia Niro

In an ever-growing segment, the Hyundai Kona and the Kia Niro have quickly asserted themselves as unique offerings that are here to be taken seriously. Today we'll look at our how Hyundai Kona compares to the Kia Niro and show you, in the battle of these crossovers, why you'll want to choose the Kona for your garage.


When it comes to features, the two models go head to head fairly well. They both offer power seating, shoppers for either models can get premium audio (the Kona has an Infinity System and the Niro a Harman Kardon), and they both even have smartphone app services that let you interact with your vehicle, send safety alerts, etc. Truthfully, they both exceed or are beaten in some areas. What we really like about the Kona is that is has a fresher vibe. On the inside, you can get contrasting color accents that make the cabin pop, and really help you show off your personality.

Performance & Efficiencies

The Hyundai Kona has two engines. The SE and SEL trims get a 2.0L with 147 horsepower, and the Limited and Ultimate trims have a 1.6L Turbo GDI. This powerful engine has 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft torque, making it one of the most spirited subcompact crossovers in the segment! The Niro is a hybrid, so its 1.6L engine is paired with a 156 kWh lithium-ion battery, which together provide drivers with 139 horsepower.

Because the Kia Niro is a hybrid, you're going to see high EPA-estimated fuel ratings that are much stronger than the Kona's, so the two are hard to compare on that front. What it really comes down to is preference and lifestyle. If you do a ton of driving, the fuel-ratings on the Niro might seal the deal, but if you're the average driver who doesn't worry too, too much about gas (and you appreciate a jolt of performance), then the Kona's engines, especially the turbo, will probably look more appealing. Plus, you also have to consider the costs of buying a hybrid versus a gasoline model.


Safety: even on the base trim, the Kona has forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keeping, and a driver attention warning, along with Bluetooth and a backup camera. The lower trims can get some advanced features on the Niro, but you need to add on a package.

Touchscreens & Infotainment: both models have standard touchscreens and Apple CarPlay™/ Android Auto™. Touchscreens start at 7-inches, and both top trims have an 8-inch screen. Something to note is that the Niro has five trims, compared to the Kona, which has four. The Kona also has a lower ending price than the Niro, so you don't need to pay as much to secure this bigger infotainment setup when you get a Kona.

Premium Amenities: we love that on the top Kona trim you can get some exciting premium amenities. We're talking wireless charging for your smart phone and a heads-up display. On mid to top-level Niro trims, you can secure wireless charging, but there's no standard or even available heads-up display.

Both models have a lot to offer, but we like the styling of the Kona, the stronger performance, the more affordable price tag, and the standard safety features. If you're ready to join the subcompact crossover segment, we highly suggest doing so behind the wheel of a new Hyundai Kona! Come into our dealership for a test drive and a then a sit down with our financing department to go over incentive options for buying or leasing. If you're a recent college graduate, you may even be able to take advantage of excellent savings that make getting into your first big "real world" purchase even easier.


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