2019 Kia Niro EV vs. 2019 Hyundai Nexo

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Niro EV and the Nexo have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available front and rear parking sensors.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked third.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 5 places higher in reliability than Hyundai.

Engine

The Niro EV’s electric motor produces 40 more horsepower (201 vs. 161) than the Nexo’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Niro EV gets better fuel mileage than the Nexo (123 city/102 hwy vs. 65 city/58 hwy MPGe).

Tires and Wheels

The Niro EV’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Nexo’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Niro EV’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Nexo’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.7 feet).

Chassis

The Niro EV is 11.7 inches shorter than the Nexo, making the Niro EV easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Niro EV has .7 inches more front headroom and .2 inches more front legroom than the Nexo.

Ergonomics

The Niro EV’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Nexo’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Niro EV has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Nexo only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

When the Niro EV with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Nexo’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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