Hyundai Kona vs Kia Niro

2018 Hyundai Kona Performance SpecsWith chic styling, incredible efficiency, and the chance to dominate the road, it's no wonder more drivers are turning to the small SUV. In this 2019 Hyundai Kona vs. Kia Niro comparison, the team at Peacock Hyundai Columbia wants to acquaint you with two standout options.

Which is ideal for your Columbia, Lexington, or Irmo drives? That's a question you can answer for yourself as you explore these crossovers and their exteriors, performances, and features. Let us know if you have any questions!

2019 Kona vs Niro: Sleek Exterior Features

2018 Hyundai Kona Exterior StyleLike many small SUVs, the 2019 Kona and Niro are designed to stand out from the crowd and turn heads. Aiding them in that quest are a set of snazzy available 18-inch rims, which really help these rides "pop" in profile.

Both are available in more buttoned-down colors, but it's the striking shades that really get these vehicles noticed. For the Niro, colors like Runway Red and Deep Cerulean add boldness or a laidback twist to your ride. Speaking of twists, the Kona offers plenty of island-themed colors, such as Surf Blue, Thunder Gray, and, yes, Lime Twist.

However, the Kona has the edge in sportiness. Its unusual design decisions, like placing the LED daytime running lights on top of the LED headlights, pay off in a big way. Those sliver-thin chains of running lights are edgy, unorthodox, and enhance this ride's aggressive front fascia.

In another styling win, only the Kona offers an available contrast roof. It's a fresh way to add a bold sense of dynamism to your ride!

Crossover Performance Specs

Peek under the hoods of the Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro, and you'll find two similar base engines powering these cars. The 2.0L 4-cylinder in the Kona achieves 147 horsepower, while the 1.6L 4-cylinder in the Niro is right behind with 139 horsepower. Either can handle your daily drive with ease.

However, if you want a more thrilling experience, only the Kona offers an engine upgrade. The two highest trims use a turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder to generate up to 175 horsepower. You'll enjoy faster acceleration and a livelier performance.

Ready to go electric? The Niro PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) achieves an incredible EPA-estimated 52 city and 49 highway MPG. As good as those numbers are, they can't compete with the all-electric Kona variant. It achieves an EPA-estimated 132 city and 108 highway MPGe for out-of-this-world efficiency.

Top-Notch Safety Features

2018 Hyundai Kona Safety FeaturesSafety is paramount when you get behind the wheel, and the 2019 Kona and Niro realize that. Both offer standard rearview cameras, so you can see what's happening behind you as you back up. Adaptive Cruise Control is also available in both, so you can keep a preset distance from the vehicle ahead of you.

However, only the Hyundai SUV features standard Forward Collision Warning to warn you and help apply the brakes if a frontal collision is predicted. It also offers standard Lane Keeping Assist, which helps you avoid drifting out of your lane. These features are available on the Kia SUV, but you won't find them on the base trim.

Hyundai Kona vs Kia Niro: Which Will You Choose?

Now, you've seen the 2019 Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro up close in our car review. So, which small SUV has more of what you need for your Columbia, Lexington, or Irmo drive?

As impressive as both vehicles are, we think you'll like how the Kona stands out in terms of power, safety, and attention to style. Decide for yourself: Schedule a test drive at Peacock Hyundai Columbia today!

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