2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid vs. 2019 Kia Niro

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Safety

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The Ioniq Hybrid’s 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 Niro doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Ioniq Hybrid Limited has standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, 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 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 Ioniq Hybrid and the Niro 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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The Niro’s redline is at 6750 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Ioniq Hybrid has a 5500 RPM redline.

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.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 3 places higher in reliability than Kia.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is faster than the Kia Niro:

Ioniq Hybrid

Niro

Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

9.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.3 MPH

80.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Niro:

MPG

Ioniq Hybrid

Blue 1.6 4-cyl. Hybrid

57 city/59 hwy

1.6 4-cyl. Hybrid

55 city/54 hwy

Niro

FE 1.6 4-cyl. Hybrid

52 city/49 hwy

1.6 4-cyl. Hybrid

51 city/46 hwy

Touring 1.6 4-cyl. Hybrid

46 city/40 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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The Ioniq Hybrid stops much shorter than the Niro:

Ioniq Hybrid

Niro

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The Ioniq Hybrid has vehicle speed sensitive 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 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Ioniq Hybrid BLUE handles at .87 G’s, while the Niro EX pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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The design of the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid amounts to more than styling. The Ioniq Hybrid has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .24 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Niro (.29) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Ioniq Hybrid get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the Ioniq Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Niro doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Ioniq Hybrid has .5 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room and 4.6 inches more rear hip room than the Niro.

The front step up height for the Ioniq Hybrid is 1 inches lower than the Niro (14.5” vs. 15.5”). The Ioniq Hybrid’s rear step up height is 1.7 inches lower than the Niro’s (14.5” vs. 16.2”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Ioniq Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume than the Niro with its rear seat up (26.5 vs. 19.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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Consumer Reports rated the Ioniq Hybrid’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Niro’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

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

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ioniq Hybrid Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Niro doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages

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The Ioniq Hybrid will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Ioniq Hybrid will retain 42.38% to 42.93% of its original price after five years, while the Niro only retains 40.77% to 42.14%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid will be $1710 to $4300 less than for the Kia Niro.

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