2020 Kia Niro EV vs. 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

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Safety

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The Niro EV 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 Electric doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Niro EV and the Kona Electric 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available rear parking sensors.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked third.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Kia Niro EV is faster than the Hyundai Kona Electric:

Niro

Kona

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.1 sec

Brakes and Stopping

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The Niro EV stops much shorter than the Kona Electric:

Niro

Kona

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Niro EV’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the Kona Electric (106.3 inches vs. 102.4 inches).

The Niro EV EX handles at .80 G’s, while the Kona Electric Ultimate pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Niro EV EX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Kona Electric Ultimate (27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Niro EV has 4.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Kona Electric (96.6 vs. 92.4).

The Niro EV has .5 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more front shoulder room, 2.6 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Kona Electric.

Cargo Capacity

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The Niro EV has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Kona Electric with its rear seat folded (53 vs. 45.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Niro EV’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 Electric’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Kona Electric Limited/Ultimate’s rear windows don’t close automatically.

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

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Niro EV has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Kona Electric only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the Niro EV’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Kona Electric’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

The Niro EV’s standard 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 Electric doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Niro EV and the Kona Electric offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Niro EV has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Kona Electric doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Recommendations

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

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