2018 Kia Sportage vs Hyundai Kona

2018 Kia Sportage vs Hyundai Kona

If you’re going back and forth between a 2018 Kia Sportage and the all-new Hyundai Kona, you’re weighing the pros and cons of big and small. Because while the Sportage is a compact SUV, the Kona is a subcompact. A full-size sport utility vehicle would dwarf them both, but put the Sportage and Kona by themselves and you can tell they’re in two different classes. The Sportage is three inches taller, two inches wider, over a foot longer, and three hundred pounds heavier. You’ll notice a difference on the outside and you’ll feel it on the inside.

Interior Space: Kia Sportage

Sportage Interior

Both the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Niro seat five, two up front and three in the back seat. But the Sportage’s interior is bigger. The Sportage only has four and a half extra cubic inches in the cabin, but Kia has figured out how to maximize it. Meanwhile, your passengers will probably fight over shotgun in the Kona. It’s not the head room that’s the problem; it’s leg room. The Sportage has four inches more. People pay hundreds of dollars extra to get that much more legroom on airline flights.

But the biggest difference in size is behind the back seat. The Hyundai Kona has only 19 cubic feet for cargo. The Sportage has over thirty percent more. If you have gear or groceries to haul, the Sportage can hold them all.

Power: Kia Sportage

Sportage Power

The Hyundai Kona is being marketed as an island runner. And if you’re only interested in Sunday drives to the beach, it’ll fit you just fine. But if you’re in the market for something a little sportier, the Sportage is more your speed. It’s got more horsepower and torque, and there’s a turbo option if you want to go all in. That will come in handy when you’re getting up to speed on the highway or when you’ve got a full load of people and stuff to haul.

Fuel Economy: Hyundai Kona

Kona Fuel Economy

Of course with size and power comes a tradeoff. The bigger and sportier Kia Sportage gets 22 city and 29 highway miles per gallon, completely decent numbers for this segment. However, the Hyundai Kona gets 25 city and 30 highway miles. The Kona’s edge isn’t huge but the difference might save you about $300 a year.

The Kona wins out in fuel economy, but if you’re looking for something bigger and more powerful and don’t mind paying a little more at the pump to get it, the Sportage is a better fit.