The subcompact crossover SUV segment is stuffed with contenders and pretenders. But if you’re a fan of the underdog that takes a huge bite out of the competition, the 2020 Hyundai Kona is right up your alley. Slightly smaller in stature than its sibling, the Tucson, the Kona is big on styling, technology and driver-assist safety technologies.
The 2020 Hyundai Kona is a well-appointed crossover that can stand toe-to-toe with any rivals – including the 2020 Honda HR-V. So, how does it compare with Honda’s subcompact SUV? In the information below, we’ll answer this question.
We will explore what is new for 2020, introduce trim levels, power options, fuel economy ratings, interior connectivity, and of course, which one offers Tampa automotive consumers the best value.
Finally, we will explain why the 2020 Hyundai Kona should be on the top of your must test-drive list when you visit Brandon Hyundai in Tampa.
The 2020 Hyundai Kona receives moderate changes in a few trim levels. The mid-range SEL Plus features a 4.2-inch color display, while Ultimate and Limited trims now receive an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink standard. Additionally, a dazzling orange interior accent kit is added when Ultra Black or Sunset Orange exterior is chosen.
The previous limited-edition Iron Man Edition has been discontinued for 2020. However, the 2020 Kona is still available in six trim levels: the SE, Value, SEL, Sport, Limited, and Ultimate.
Meanwhile, the Honda HR-V didn’t receive any significant changes for the new model year.
The 2020 Hyundai Kona is available with two engine options. The standard is a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. It’s connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® and standard front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available with this powertrain combination.
In FWD trim, the 2.0-liter combo returns an EPA-estimated 27 MPG in the city, and 33 MPG on the highway. With AWD, the fuel economy drops slightly to 26 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway.
The second engine option is a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that produces 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. This engine is matted to a 7-speed EcoShift® Dual-Clutch Transmission. Like the standard powertrain, you can opt for the standard FWD drivetrain or the optional AWD system for added traction. Fuel economy with the FWD configuration is 28/32 city/highway MPG, with AWD returning 26/29 city/highway MPG.
A 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, producing 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque is the sole powertrain available with the Honda HR-V. It is connected to a continuously variable automatic transmission. This engine doesn’t live up to the standard of power set by the 2020 Kona’s standard powertrain. Plus, the 2020 Kona’s available turbo engine leaves the HR-V in its dust.
The 2020 Hyundai Kona packs a lot of convenience and technology into a comfortable package. Featuring a total of 113.3 cubic feet of total interior volume, the Kona provides ample head, leg, and cargo storage for the driver and vehicle occupants. The rear seating is a 60/40-split fold-down design, with reclining rear seatback and adjustable head restraint. A dual-level cargo floor is standard, as is a six-way adjustable driver seat.
The 2020 Kona’s infotainment system is quite impressive. It features a seven-inch color touchscreen display that includes Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® integration, a USB data charging jack and a rearview camera. A standard 3.5-inch multi-information display is also standard. Upgrades include an eight-inch color touchscreen with full navigation and an Infinity® premium audio system with Clari-Fi™ Music Restoration Technology.
The Kona also includes a plethora of standard driver-assisted safety systems including a lane keeping assist, forward collision-avoidance assist and a driver attention warning system. Available systems include blind-spot collision warning, lane change assist, rear-cross traffic collision warning, and more.
The 2020 Honda HR-V’s connectivity is lackluster. Base models come with a barebones infotainment system, which only offers a five-inch LCD display. Meanwhile upgraded models receive a seven-inch touchscreen with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® integration, a nine-speaker audio system and navigation.
The Kona is equipped with an impressive amount of driver-assist safety technologies. Like most of the Hyundai SUVs, the 2020 Kona is offered with lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking, and a driver-attention monitor. This system will alert the driver if drifting or erratic driving is discovered by the driver.
There are additional advanced safety features that can be added with upper-tier trim levels such as automatic high-beam headlamps, blind-spot collision warning, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic collision warning, and forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection.
The HR-V is likewise equipped with several driver-assisted safety systems. The standard suite of safety features including automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist with lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control.
The term ‘best value’ is often determined on the sticker price and the quality-driven solutions within a vehicle. The Kona leads the HR-V, such as new features, power and interior technology. So, what about the price?
The Hyundai Kona SE is the opening trim level – and begins at $20,300. The HR-V LX is Honda’s equivalent – and begins at $20,820. This means you’ll get more for less! That’s certainly something to get excited about.
Best of all, the 2020 Hyundai Kona includes factory scheduled maintenance intervals for 3 years or 36,000 miles (whichever comes first). The Kona is also backed by America’s Best Warranty – Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, 5-Year/60,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty, and 5-Year/Unlimited Miles 24-hour Roadside Assistance.
When you compare the 2020 Hyundai Kona vs 2020 Honda HR-V, the Kona offers Tampa SUV shoppers with exceptional value across the board. Brandon Hyundai keeps an ample supply of high-quality 2020 Kona’s in stock, in multiple trim and color options.
Our objective is to ensure each visitor to our Tampa Hyundai dealership is treated with respect, equally, and with transparent communication. If you’re considering a subcompact crossover SUV, visit Brandon Hyundai to test-drive a new Hyundai Kona.
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