2020 NISSAN KICKS VS. 2019 HYUNDAI KONA

KEY KICKS ADVANTAGES

  • Available 7-inch Advanced Drive-Assist® Display1 – Kicks’ available large, customizable color display in the instrument gauge cluster provides the driver easy recognition of vehicle information and warnings. Kona’s largest available information screen in the instrument cluster is only 4.2 inches.
  • Safety features – Every Kicks has an impressive list of advanced safety features that come standard, including the entire Safety Shield 360 suite. Kona offers some of these features only on higher trims, and does not offer others. Kicks has:
    • Standard High Beam Assist (HBA) (vs. available)
    • Standard Blind Spot Warning2 (BSW) (vs. available)
    • Standard Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection3 (vs. available)
    • Standard Rear Automatic Braking4 (RAB) (vs. not available)
    • Standard Rear Cross Traffic Alert5 (RCTA) (vs. available)
  • Available Intelligent Around View® Monitor6 (I-AVM) – Kicks’ available Intelligent Around View Monitor provides views to the front, passenger side, and rear, and a composite view from above, to help enhance visibility when parking. It also provides visual and audible warnings if a moving object is detected within the displayed monitor image. Kona offers only a conventional backup camera and does not offer Moving Object Detection.
  • Interior room – Kicks has a roomy interior for passengers and cargo. Kicks offers more space than Kona in the following areas:
    • More front head room7: 1.1-2.7 inches (40.7 in. vs. 39.6 or 38.0 w/ moonroof)
    • More front leg room7: 2.2 inches (43.7 in. vs. 41.5)
    • More cargo capacity behind the rear seats8: 6.1 cubic feet (25.3 cu. ft. vs. 19.2)
    • More total interior volume7: 5.9 cubic feet (119.2 cu. ft. vs. 113.3)
  • Better EPA mileage estimates9 – Kicks achieves better estimated gas mileage than Kona.
    • Kicks: 31 city/36 highway/33 combined mpg
    • Kona SE, SEL FWD: 27 city/33 highway/30 combined mpg
    • Kona SE, SEL AWD: 26 city/30 highway/28 combined mpg
    • Kona Limited, Ultimate FWD: 28 city/32 highway/30 combined mpg
    • Kona Limited, Ultimate AWD: 26 city/29 highway/27 combined mpg

Additional Advantages

  • Lighter curb weight7
  • Xtronic CVT® (vs. 6-speed A/T or 7-speed dual-clutch)
  • Available Integrated Dynamics-control Module
    • Intelligent Engine Brake (I-EB)
    • Intelligent Trace Control10 (I-TC)
    • Active Ride Control (ARC)
  • Tighter turning circle diameter7
  • D-shaped steering wheel
  • Available Rear Door Alert11
  • Rear Sonar System12
  • Driver and front-passenger supplemental knee air bags12
  • Rear-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags13
  • Easy-Fill Tire Alert14
  • Available Bose® Personal® Plus sound system

2019 HYUNDAI KONA OVERVIEW

Hyundai Kona is a small 4-door hatchback built on a shared platform with the Kia Soul. It comes in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited, and Ultimate. Powertrain choices are:

  • 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder
    • 147 horsepower
    • Front-wheel or all-wheel drive
    • 6-speed automatic transmission
  • 1.6-liter DOHC turbocharged 4-cylinder
    • 175 horsepower
    • Front-wheel or all-wheel drive
    • 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission

Also available is Kona EV, which does not compete directly with Kicks.

Kona offers unique styling and a range of advanced technologies. It also offers an optional turbocharged engine that produces 175 hp. Plus, Kona has available AWD. Kicks has expressive, refined styling and a long list of standard advanced safety technologies. Kicks also offers a roomy interior and impressive fuel efficiency9 that compact SUV buyers will appreciate.

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019 HYUNDAI KONA

Kona was a new entry for 2018 and carries over for 2019 with minimal changes.

TRIM LEVEL MATCHUPS

Kicks Kona
S (FWD) SE (FWD)
SE (AWD)
SV (FWD) SEL (FWD)
SEL (AWD)
SR (FWD) Limited (FWD)
Limited (AWD)
SR with Premium Package (FWD) Ultimate (FWD)
Ultimate (AWD)
Source: All vehicle information is based on respective manufacturers’ websites. Information accurate at time of publication.
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1 Driving is serious business and requires your full attention. Use the text messaging feature after stopping your vehicle in a safe location. If you have to use the feature while driving, exercise extreme caution at all times so full attention may be given to vehicle operation.
2 Blind Spot Warning cannot prevent collisions and may not detect every object or warn in all situations. Driver should always turn and look before changing lanes. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
3 Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection cannot prevent all collisions and may not provide warning or braking in all conditions. Driver should monitor traffic conditions and brake as needed to prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
4 Rear Automatic Braking cannot prevent all collisions and may not provide warning or braking in all conditions. Driver should always turn and check surroundings before driving and brake as needed to prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
5 Rear Cross Traffic Alert may not detect all vehicles. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
6 Intelligent Around View Monitor cannot eliminate blind spots and may not detect every object. Driver should always turn and check surroundings before driving. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
7 Final specifications subject to change prior to start of sale.
8 Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution. Always secure all cargo.
9 2020 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates for Kicks: 31 city MPG/36 hwy MPG/33 combined MPG. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.
10 Intelligent Trace Control cannot prevent collisions or loss of control. Driver should remain in control of vehicle at all times. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
11 Does not detect people or cargo. Always check rear seat before exiting.
12 Sonar System may not detect every object. Driver should always check surroundings before driving. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
13 Air bags are only a supplemental restraint system. Always wear your seat belt. Rear-facing child restraints should not be placed in the front-passenger’s seat. All children 12 and under should ride in the rear seat properly secured in child restraints, booster seats, or seat belts according to their size. Air bags will only inflate in certain accidents. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
14 Vehicle must be on for the Easy-Fill Tire Alert to operate.