2020 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2019 Kia Niro

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Safety

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The Tucson offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Niro doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Tucson Limited/Ultimate has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Niro only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Tucson’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 Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate has a 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 Tucson and the Niro 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Tucson’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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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson second among small suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Niro isn’t in the top three.

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.

Engine

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The Tucson SE/Value’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 25 more horsepower (164 vs. 139) than the Niro’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 42 more horsepower (181 vs. 139) than the Niro’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

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

Tucson SE/Value

Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate

Niro

Zero to 60 MPH

9.7 sec

8.8 sec

9.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.2 sec

16.7 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81.1 MPH

84.1 MPH

80.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Tucson has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Niro (16.4 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Tucson’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Niro:

Tucson

Niro

Front Rotors

12 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.3 inches

The Tucson stops much shorter than the Niro:

Tucson

Niro

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

152 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson has larger standard tires than the Niro (225/60R17 vs. 205/60R16). The Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Niro (245/45R19 vs. 225/45R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tucson SE/Value has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Niro FE/LX/EX. The Tucson Sport’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Niro S Touring/Touring.

Suspension and Handling

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The Tucson 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.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Niro.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Niro EX pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Niro EX (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has 1.9 inches more front hip room, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear legroom and 6.2 inches more rear hip room than the Niro.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tucson’s rear seats recline. The Niro’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Niro with its rear seat up (31 vs. 19.4 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Niro with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 54.5 cubic feet).

The Tucson’s cargo area is larger than the Niro’s in almost every dimension:

Tucson

Niro

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.3”/69.5”

31.8”/64”

Max Width

53”

48.2”

Height

35.2”

36”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s power liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Tucson’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Niro doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

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The Tucson has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Niro has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited 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 Niro doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Tucson’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Niro’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Tucson’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Niro’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Tucson Ultimate’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Niro’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Tucson Ultimate 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 Tucson 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.

Both the Tucson and the Niro offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Ultimate also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Niro.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $295 less than the Niro over a five-year period.

The Tucson will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tucson will retain 44.13% to 45.94% of its original price after five years, while the Niro only retains 40.77% to 42.14%.

Recommendations

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The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Kia Niro by over five to one during 2018.

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