2019 Hyundai Kona Electric vs. 2019 Kia Niro EV

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Kona Electric has a standard Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Niro EV doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Kona Electric has standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Niro EV doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Kona Electric and the Niro EV have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and driver alert monitors.


The Kona Electric’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the Niro EV’s (7/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 10th.


As tested in Car and Driver the Hyundai Kona Electric is faster than the Kia Niro EV:



Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.4 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Kona Electric gets better fuel mileage than the Niro EV (132 city/108 hwy vs. 123 city/102 hwy MPGe).

The Kona Electric’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 258 miles on a full charge, 8% further than the Niro EV’s 239-mile range.

Tires and Wheels

The Kona Electric has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Niro EV; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The Kona Electric has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Niro EV doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.


The Kona Electric is 7.6 inches shorter than the Niro EV, making the Kona Electric easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The Kona Electric has a larger cargo volume than the Niro EV with its rear seat up (19.2 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).


The Kona Electric has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Niro EV doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Kona Electric Ultimate has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Niro EV doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Kona Electric Ultimate’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Niro EV’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Kona Electric Limited/Ultimate detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Niro EV doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Kona Electric Ultimate’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Niro EV’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.


The Kona Electric was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2019. The Niro EV has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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