2021 Hyundai Kona vs. 2020 Cadillac XT4

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Safety

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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 XT4 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Kona and the XT4 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Hyundai Kona is safer than the Cadillac XT4:

Kona

XT4

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 XT4 has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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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 XT4’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Kona 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Cadillac covers the XT4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the XT4 ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The Kona’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the XT4’s (7 vs. 6 years).

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. Cadillac only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the XT4.

Reliability

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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 81 points higher than the XT4.

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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 14th.

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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 24 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder is faster than the Cadillac XT4:

Kona

XT4

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

2.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.3 sec

13.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19 sec

23 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.2 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.5 sec

4.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.9 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

87 MPH

Top Speed

135 MPH

132 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Kona gets better fuel mileage than the XT4:

MPG

Kona

2WD

1.6 Turbo 4-cyl.

28 city/32 hwy

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

4WD

1.6 Turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/29 hwy

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

XT4

2WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

4WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Kona uses regular unleaded gasoline. The XT4 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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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 XT4 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Kona stops shorter than the XT4:

Kona

XT4

70 to 0 MPH

171 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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The Kona Ultimate handles at .85 G’s, while the XT4 Sport AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Kona Ultimate executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XT4 Sport AWD (26.9 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Kona’s turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter than the XT4’s (34.8 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis

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The Hyundai Kona may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 750 pounds less than the Cadillac XT4.

The Kona is 1 foot, 5.1 inches shorter than the XT4, making the Kona easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Kona Ultimate 4x4 is quieter than the XT4 Sport AWD (34 vs. 39 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Kona has .2 inches more front headroom and 2.4 inches more rear hip room than the XT4.

Ergonomics

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The XT4 (except Luxury)’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Kona owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Kona will cost $430 to $1960 less than the XT4 over a five-year period.

The Kona will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Kona will retain 44.01% to 46.2% of its original price after five years, while the XT4 only retains 41.8% to 41.95%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Kona is less expensive to operate than the XT4 because it costs $455 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Kona than the XT4, including $93 less for a water pump, $326 less for a muffler, $82 less for front brake pads, $24 less for a starter, $291 less for fuel injection, $58 less for a fuel pump, $596 less for a timing belt/chain and $275 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 $13829 to $14847 less than for the Cadillac XT4.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Hyundai Kona, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Cadillac XT4 isn't recommended.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its January 2019 issue and they ranked the Hyundai Kona SE higher than the Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury AWD.

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 XT4 isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Kona was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2019. The XT4 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Hyundai Kona outsold the Cadillac XT4 by over two to one during 2019.

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