2020 Jeep Renegade vs. 2020 Hyundai Kona

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Safety

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The Renegade has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Kona doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Renegade Sport/Latitude/Limited offers optional ParkSense to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Kona doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Renegade and the Kona 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are almost 3 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Renegade’s warranty.

Engine

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The Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 30 more horsepower (177 vs. 147) and 78 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 132) than the Kona’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Renegade’s 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 2 more horsepower (177 vs. 175) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 195) than the Kona Limited/Ultimate’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. The Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (180 vs. 175) than the Kona Limited/Ultimate’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl. is faster than the Hyundai Kona 4 cyl.:

Renegade

Kona

Zero to 30 MPH

3.8 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.9 sec

11.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.7 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.6 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81.1 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Renegade (except 2.4-liter)’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Kona doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Renegade has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Kona doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Jeep Renegade, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Kona.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Renegade

Kona

Front Rotors

12 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

10.95 inches

10.3 inches

The Renegade stops much shorter than the Kona:

Renegade

Kona

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Renegade has larger standard tires than the Kona (215/65R16 vs. 205/60R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Renegade Latitude/Limited offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Kona’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Renegade offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Kona, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Jeep Renegade 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 Kona 4x2 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Renegade’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Kona doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For greater off-road capability the Renegade has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Kona (8 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the Renegade to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Renegade Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is 2 inches higher than on the Kona (8.7 vs. 6.7 inches).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Renegade (except Trailhawk) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Kona doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Renegade Limited 4x4 is quieter than the Kona SEL 4x4 (74 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Renegade has 1.5 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear headroom, .5 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Kona.

Cargo Capacity

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The Renegade has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Kona with its rear seat folded (50.8 vs. 45.8 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Renegade. The Kona doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Renegade 4x4 2.4 4 cyl. offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Kona has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Renegade’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Kona has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Renegade’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 Kona’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. The Kona SEL/Limited/Ultimate’s rear windows don’t close automatically.

The Renegade’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 Kona’s passenger power window and power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Renegade offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Kona doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Renegade’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Hyundai only offers heated mirrors on the Kona SEL/Limited/Ultimate.

On extremely cold winter days, the Renegade’s optional (except Sport) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Kona doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Renegade’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Kona doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Renegade (except Sport) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Kona doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Renegade’s optional Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Kona doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Renegade owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Renegade with a number “5” insurance rate while the Kona is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Renegade is less expensive to operate than the Kona because typical repairs cost much less on the Renegade than the Kona, including $52 less for a water pump, $90 less for a muffler, $12 less for fuel injection and $249 less for a power steering pump.

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The Jeep Renegade outsold the Hyundai Kona by over two to one during 2018.

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