2020 Hyundai Kona Electric vs. 2019 Fiat 500e

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Safety

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To maximize occupant safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Kona Electric have pretensioners to eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Fiat 500e doesn’t offer pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Kona Electric are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Fiat 500e doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Kona Electric has standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The 500e doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

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 500e doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Kona Electric’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The 500e doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Kona Electric’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 500e doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Kona Electric’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 500e doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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 500e 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 500e have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The Hyundai Kona Electric weighs 783 pounds more than the Fiat 500e. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

Warranty

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

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Kona Electric 2 years longer than Fiat covers the 500e. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 500e ends after only 8 years or 100,000 miles.

The Kona Electric’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the 500e’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 Electric’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 125 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 31st.

Engine

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The Kona Electric’s electric motor produces 90 more horsepower (201 vs. 111) and 113 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 147) than the 500e’s electric motor.

As tested in Car and Driver the Hyundai Kona Electric is faster than the Fiat 500e:

Kona

500e

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

8.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.4 sec

8.7 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.4 sec

3.5 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.5 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

80 MPH

Top Speed

107 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Kona Electric gets better fuel mileage than the 500e (132 city/108 hwy vs. 121 city/103 hwy MPGe).

The Kona Electric’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 258 miles on a full charge, over three times as far as the 500e’s 84-mile range.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Kona Electric’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 500e:

Kona Electric

500e

Front Rotors

12 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

9.4 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Kona Electric has larger tires than the 500e (215/55R17 vs. 185/55R15).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Kona Electric has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 15-inch wheels are available on the 500e.

The Hyundai Kona Electric’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Fiat 500e only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

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 500e; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Hyundai Kona Electric has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Fiat 500e has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Kona Electric has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The 500e’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Kona Electric has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Kona Electric flat and controlled during cornering. The 500e’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Kona Electric’s wheelbase is 11.8 inches longer than on the 500e (102.4 inches vs. 90.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Kona Electric is 6.6 inches wider in the front and 7.4 inches wider in the rear than on the 500e.

The Kona Electric’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54% to 46%) than the 500e’s (57% to 43%). This gives the Kona Electric more stable handling and braking.

The Kona Electric Ultimate handles at .83 G’s, while the 500e pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The design of the Hyundai Kona Electric amounts to more than styling. The Kona Electric has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is lower than the 500e (.311) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Kona Electric get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The Kona Electric has standard seating for 5 passengers; the 500e can only carry 4.

The Kona Electric has 22.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 500e (94.1 vs. 71.6).

The Kona Electric has .7 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front legroom, 5.5 inches more front hip room, 6.1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, 5.8 inches more rear legroom, 9.6 inches more rear hip room and 8.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500e.

Cargo Capacity

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The Kona Electric has a much larger cargo volume than the 500e (19.2 vs. 7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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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 500e doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Kona Electric has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The 500e doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

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 500e doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Kona Electric’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower all of them with the lock engaged. Fiat does not offer a locking feature on the 500e’s standard power windows.

The Kona Electric’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The 500e’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Kona Electric’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 500e’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

Proximity Key standard on the Kona Electric allows you to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Fiat 500e doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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 500e’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Kona Electric 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 500e doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Kona Electric detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The 500e doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Kona Electric has standard extendable sun visors. The 500e doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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

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

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Kona Electric has a standard Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The 500e doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Hyundai Kona Electric, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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

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