2020 Kia Niro vs. 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

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Safety

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The Niro 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 Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Niro and the Ioniq Hybrid 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Niro its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Ioniq Hybrid is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

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 is faster than the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid:

Niro

Ioniq Hybrid

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

9.4 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83 MPH

80.8 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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The Niro stops much shorter than the Ioniq Hybrid:

Niro

Ioniq Hybrid

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

152 feet

160 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Niro has larger standard tires than the Ioniq Hybrid (205/60R16 vs. 195/65R15).

The Niro LX/LXS/EX Premium’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ioniq Hybrid’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Niro LX/LXS/EX Premium has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Ioniq Hybrid. The Niro Touring’s 18-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels optional on the Ioniq Hybrid Limited.

Suspension and Handling

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The Niro has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Ioniq Hybrid’s suspension doesn’t offer rear gas-charged shocks.

The Niro Touring Special Edition handles at .82 G’s, while the Ioniq Hybrid SEL pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Niro is 4.5 inches shorter than the Ioniq Hybrid, making the Niro easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Niro has 4.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ioniq Hybrid (100.9 vs. 96.2).

The Niro has 1 inch more front headroom, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 1.7 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ioniq Hybrid.

Ergonomics

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The Niro’s standard front power windows lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Ioniq Hybrid’s standard power windows’ passenger windows don’t open automatically.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Niro has a standard rear wiper. The Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Niro’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Ioniq Hybrid’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Poor.”

When the Niro with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Ioniq Hybrid’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Niro EX Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Niro EX Premium’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia Niro EX Premium has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Niro (except FE/LX/S Touring) 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 Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Niro owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Niro will cost $440 less than the Ioniq Hybrid over a five-year period.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports performed a comparison test in its September 2017 issue and they ranked the Kia Niro LXS higher than the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid SEL.

The Kia Niro outsold the Hyundai Ioniq by 37% during the 2019 model year.

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