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The Kona’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 Q3 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Kona and the Q3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
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, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Kona the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Q3 last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2019.
The Kona comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Q3’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.
Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Kona 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q3. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Q3 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Kona for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Hyundai will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Q3.
There are almost 3 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Kona’s warranty.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Kona has a standard 150-amp alternator. The Q3’s 140-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Kona’s reliability 40 points higher than the Q3.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 72 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 32nd, below the industry average.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 8 places higher in reliability than Audi.
As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Kona is faster than the Audi Q3:
Kona 4 cyl.
Zero to 60 MPH
On the EPA test cycle the Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate 4x4 Auto turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Q3 (26 city/29 hwy vs. 19 city/27 hwy).
The Kona offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Q3 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.
The Kona stops shorter than the Q3:
60 to 0 MPH
60 to 0 MPH (Wet)
The Kona Ultimate handles at .85 G’s, while the Q3 Premium Plus pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Kona Ultimate executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Q3 Premium Plus (26.9 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .65 average G’s).
For better maneuverability, the Kona’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the Q3’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.4 feet).
The Hyundai Kona may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 1000 pounds less than the Audi Q3.
The Kona is 1 foot shorter than the Q3, making the Kona easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The design of the Hyundai Kona amounts to more than styling. The Kona has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Q3 (.36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Kona get better fuel mileage.
The Kona has 10.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Q3 (94.1 vs. 84).
The Kona has 1.5 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more rear headroom than the Q3.
The front step up height for the Kona is 1.5 inches lower than the Q3 (16” vs. 17.5”). The Kona’s rear step up height is 1.9 inches lower than the Q3’s (16.1” vs. 18”).
The Kona SEL Plus/Limited/Ultimate 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 Q3 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Kona 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 Q3 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Kona has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q3 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Q3 doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The Kona is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q3 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
Insurance will cost less for the Kona owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Kona will cost $560 less than the Q3 over a five-year period.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Kona is less expensive to operate than the Q3 because it costs $173 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Kona than the Q3, including $224 less for a water pump, $65 less for front brake pads, $347 less for a starter, $261 less for fuel injection, $10 less for a fuel pump, $445 less for front struts, $302 less for a timing belt/chain and $573 less for a power steering pump.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Kona will be $12308 to $13187 less than for the Audi Q3.
Consumer Reports® recommends both the Hyundai Kona and the Audi Q3, based on reliability, safety and performance.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Kona third among small suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Q3 isn’t in the top three.
The Kona was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2019. The Q3 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.
The Hyundai Kona outsold the Audi Q3 by almost five to one during 2019.
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