2021 Hyundai Kona vs. 2020 Fiat 500X

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Safety

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist in the Kona as “Superior.” The 500X scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Kona’s standard Downhill Brake Control allows you to creep down safely. The 500X doesn’t offer Downhill Brake Control.

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 500X doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Kona and the 500X 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, 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 500X last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

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 500X’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 Fiat covers the 500X. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 500X ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Kona’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the 500X’s (7 vs. 5 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. Fiat doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 500X.

There are over 2 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Fiat dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Kona’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Kona has a standard 640-amp battery. The 500X’s 500-amp battery 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 80 points higher than the 500X.

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 Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 125 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 31st.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate 4x4 Auto turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the 500X (26 city/29 hwy vs. 24 city/30 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Kona uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 500X 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 500X doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Kona stops shorter than the 500X:

Kona

500X

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 500X (235/45R18 vs. 215/60R17).

The Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 500X AWD’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Kona’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the 500X (102.4 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Kona is .9 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the 500X.

The Kona SEL 4x4 handles at .88 G’s, while the 500X pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Kona Ultimate executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the 500X Trekking (26.9 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Kona’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the 500X’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.3 feet).

Chassis

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The Hyundai Kona may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 400 pounds less than the Fiat 500X.

The Kona is 3.2 inches shorter than the 500X Pop/Trekking Plus, 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 lower than the 500X (.35) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Kona get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The Kona has 2.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 500X (94.1 vs. 91.7).

The Kona has .5 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500X.

The front step up height for the Kona is 3.4 inches lower than the 500X (16” vs. 19.4”). The Kona’s rear step up height is 3.5 inches lower than the 500X’s (16.1” vs. 19.6”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Kona has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the 500X with its rear seat up (19.2 vs. 14.1 cubic feet). The Kona has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the 500X with its rear seat folded (45.8 vs. 39.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Kona easier. The Kona’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.5 inches, while the 500X’s liftover is 31.4 inches.

The Kona’s cargo area is larger than the 500X’s in every dimension:

Kona

500X

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

28.6”/61”

n/a

Max Width

48”

41.3”

Min Width

40”

37.8”

Height

30”

28.8”

Ergonomics

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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 500X doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 Kona’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the 500X’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

The Kona has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The 500X only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The 500X Trekking/Trekking Plus’ 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.

The Kona has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable and it can provide a boundary between children. The 500X doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Kona has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer rear vents.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Hyundai Kona SEL Plus/Limited/Ultimate has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The 500X doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The Kona is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The 500X doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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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 500X only retains 35.86% to 41.94%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Kona is less expensive to operate than the 500X because typical repairs cost much less on the Kona than the 500X, including $28 less for a water pump, $40 less for front brake pads, $268 less for fuel injection and $273 less for a fuel pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Kona will be $803 to $5600 less than for the Fiat 500X.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Hyundai Kona, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Fiat 500X isn't recommended.

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 500X isn’t in the top three.

The Kona was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2019. The 500X has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Hyundai Kona outsold the Fiat 500X by over 29 to one during 2019.

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