The Kicks SR has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Kona only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.
Both the Kicks and the Kona have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
There are over 29 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Kicks’ warranty.
On the EPA test cycle the Kicks gets better fuel mileage than the Kona FWD with its standard engine (31 city/36 hwy vs. 27 city/33 hwy).
The Kicks SV/SR has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Kona doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Kona’s (34.1 feet vs. 34.8 feet).
The Nissan Kicks may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 650 pounds less than the Hyundai Kona.
The Kicks has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front legroom and .7 inches more rear headroom than the Kona.
The Kicks has a much larger cargo area than the Kona with its rear seat up (25.3 vs. 19.2 cubic feet).
The Kicks’ 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’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Kicks has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Kona only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
The Kicks’ dealer option rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Kona doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.