2019 Hyundai Kona vs. 2019 Fiat 500X

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist in the Kona as “Superior.” The 500X scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Kona AWD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The 500X doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Kona’s standard driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The 500X doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Kona and the 500X have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Kona its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 36 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 500X was last qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.


The Kona comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 500X’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Kona 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Fiat covers the 500X. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 500X ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Kona’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the 500X’s (7 vs. 5 years).

There are almost 2 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Fiat dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Kona’s warranty.


To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Kona has a standard 640-amp battery. The 500X’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Kona’s reliability 40 points higher than the 500X.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 68 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 29th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Kona gets better fuel mileage than the 500X:




2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/32 hwy


2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/29 hwy



1.3 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Kona uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 500X requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.


The Kona offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The 500X doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The Kona stops shorter than the 500X:



60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

130 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Kona Limited/Ultimate’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 500X (235/45R18 vs. 215/60R17).

The Kona Limited/Ultimate’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 500X AWD Trekking/Trekking Plus’ optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Kona’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the 500X (102.4 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Kona is .9 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the 500X.

The Kona SEL 4x4 handles at .88 G’s, while the 500X pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Kona Ultimate 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the 500X Trekking (27.3 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Kona’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the 500X’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.3 feet).


The Hyundai Kona may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 400 pounds less than the Fiat 500X.

The Kona is 3.2 inches shorter than the 500X Pop/Trekking Plus, making the Kona easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Hyundai Kona amounts to more than styling. The Kona has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the 500X (.35) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Kona get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Kona has .5 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500X.

The front step up height for the Kona is 3.4 inches lower than the 500X (16” vs. 19.4”). The Kona’s rear step up height is 3.5 inches lower than the 500X’s (16.1” vs. 19.6”).

Cargo Capacity

The Kona has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the 500X with its rear seat up (19.2 vs. 12.2 cubic feet). The Kona has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the 500X with its rear seat folded (45.8 vs. 32.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Kona easier. The Kona’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.5 inches, while the 500X’s liftover is 31.4 inches.

The Kona’s cargo area is larger than the 500X’s in every dimension:



Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width







The Kona 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 500X doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Kona has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The 500X only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Kona SEL/Limited/Ultimate has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Kona has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer rear vents.

Model Availability

The Kona is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The 500X doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Kona is less expensive to operate than the 500X because typical repairs cost much less on the Kona than the 500X, including $26 less for a water pump, $35 less for front brake pads, $255 less for fuel injection and $257 less for a fuel pump.


Consumer Reports® recommends the Hyundai Kona, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Fiat 500X isn't recommended.

The Kona was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2019. The 500X has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Hyundai Kona outsold the Fiat 500X by over 9 to one during 2018.

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