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2020 Hyundai Kona vs 2020 Kia Niro

The subcompact crossover segment has skyrocketed in both popularity and number over the past few years, with car buyers loving their practicality and utility. All sorts of manufacturers have introduced new models to the segment, including our 2020 Hyundai Kona. We thought we’d see how the Kona measures up to one of its other popular competitors by pitting it against the 2020 Kia Niro. Both the Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro were introduced in 2016 for the 2017 model year. The major difference between the two subcompact crossovers is that the Niro is actually a hybrid utility vehicle, meaning we can already tell you it’s going to win the comparison in terms of fuel economy. But let’s check out the table below to see just how the two CUVs fare against one another.

2020 Hyundai Kona


2020 Kia Niro

147 HP Horsepower 139 HP
30 mpg Combined Fuel Efficiency 50 mpg
19.2 cu. ft. Cargo Capacity 19.4 cu. ft.
5 Seating 5

Advantages of the 2020 Kona

In the first row we took a look at horsepower, an important specification regardless of segment or class. We hypothesized that this might be a victory for the Hyundai Kona, considering the Niro’s hybrid nature, and we were right. The Kona generates an extra 8 horsepower more than the Niro. That’s not a huge advantage, but it is an advantage nonetheless. The second row then showcases the Niro’s superior fuel economy, an unfortunate side effect of the Niro’s hybrid nature. In the latter half of the table we turned to space, without a doubt the most important aspect of any utility vehicle. When it comes to cargo capacity, the Kona unfortunately gives up 0.2 cubic feet of space to the Niro, but that would hardly be noticeable when filling up your car with groceries or luggage. The final row highlights that both utility vehicles offer seating for up to 5 passengers. This side-by-side comparison doesn’t put the Kona firmly in first place, but there is plenty more to get excited about in the 2020 Hyundai subcompact. It has America’s Best Warranty and a host of other great features and technologies, including Hyundai SmartSense. Be sure to give us a call if you’re interested in learning more, or browse around our website and blog for all kinds of details.
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