2019 Nissan Kicks vs. 2019 Hyundai Kona

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Kicks SR has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Kona only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Kicks and the Kona 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, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are over 29 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Kicks’ warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Kicks

 

FWD

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

31 city/36 hwy

Kona

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

 

 

1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

 

 

1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/29 hwy

Transmission

The Kicks has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Kona doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

The Kicks has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Kona doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Kona’s (34.1 feet vs. 34.8 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan Kicks may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 650 pounds less than the Hyundai Kona.

Passenger Space

The Kicks has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front legroom and .7 inches more rear headroom than the Kona.

Cargo Capacity

The Kicks has a much larger cargo volume than the Kona with its rear seat up (25.3 vs. 19.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Kicks’ dealer option rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Kona doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

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