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Edmunds Best Used Cars – The 2018 Hyundai Kona and 2018 Ford EcoSport are two new subcompact crossover SUVs that are gaining much attention this year. Like similar vehicles like Honda HR-V, Kona and EcoSport provide high driving positions and everyday utilities, but are more maneuverable and usually less expensive than the more established compact SUVs. Edmunds looked at each one to determine which one had a clear advantage.
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SPECIFIC SHEET DIFFERENCE
Both Kona and EcoSport start at about $ 20,000 and go up to about their $ 27,000 maximum. EcoSport is about 3 inches taller, but its length is 3 inches shorter too. Kia’s basic warranty covers Kona for five years or 60,000 miles. Ford’s warranty for EcoSport is shorter: three years or 36,000 miles.
Neither model is a powerhouse at the base trim level. The Kona starts you off with a rather lethargic 4-cylinder 147-liter 4-liter engine. The EcoSport 123-hp turbocharged 1.0 liter three-cylinder is even less inspiring. However, these two pint-sized SUVs offer an optional engine upgrade. Kona can be owned with a powerful 175-liter turbocharged 175-liter turbocharged engine above the Limited and Ultimate trim levels. Ford offers a 166-liter 4-liter four-cylinder option available on all trims of the higher EcoSport and comes standard on the sporty SES version.
All-wheel drive is included with the enhanced EcoSport engine and is an option for all Konas. You should also consider getting an all-wheel drive in Hyundai as it comes with an enhanced suspension, which gives Kona a quieter handling. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Kona maintains a 2 mpg fuel economy advantage over comparable EcoSports.
When it comes to standard features, Kona generally goes beyond EcoSport. Most items usually found on rivals are available in both SUVs, but EcoSport requires you to add them as an option or move up to the next trim level. The Kona extends its features by offering more advanced safety features (front-end collision warning with automatic emergency braking, maintenance of lane keeping and driver’s attention monitor), head-up screen and wireless charger. This is not available for any EcoSport.
GREAT DIFFERENCE IN PERSON
The 9-hp difference between premium engines may not seem like much. But you will feel the difference when you are behind the wheel. Kona turbocharged should accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in the mid range of 6 seconds, which is very fast for SUV subcompact class. In contrast, EcoSport, even with its upgraded four-cylinder engine, requires a sluggish 10.5 seconds in Edmunds testing to perform the same sprint.
None of the models we consider sporty, but Kona feels more confident anchored to the sidewalk when the curve of the road. When the pavement ends, Kona is more off-road because of the difference in central locking, which helps increase traction. Usually, better handling and off-road capability means less comfortable journeys, but that is not the case here. The Kona transmits road imperfections in the cabin, but the EcoSport journey is even more shaky.
According to specifications, EcoSport holds a small advantage over Kona for cargo capacity, with 20.9 cubic feet each and 19.2 cubic feet. In the real world, Kona space is just as good, if not better. The cargo area of EcoSport is very shallow and upright compared to Kona. Furthermore, Kona’s rear seats are folded flat on the cargo floor, while the EcoSport seat stands several inches above the floor.
Then there is the difference in hatching the cargo itself. The Kona has a conventional liftgate that hangs at the top, while the EcoSport hatch swings depend on the driver’s side. Each has its fans, but we think most owners will find a swinging hatch at the top of Kona that is easier to live in.
OTHER ASPECTS CONSIDERED
Hyundai gains another advantage when it comes to outward visibility. This is just average for the class, but EcoSport is below average because its thick roof pillars and narrow back windows limit what you can see from the driver’s seat.
In a more subjective place, finding true beauty in Hyundai or Ford may be difficult. Kona’s exterior style is disjointed, with strange elements that seem to be pulled from another vehicle. In contrast, the EcoSport angular gesture is in line with the rest of Ford’s lineup, but its high roof and its short nose and tail proportions make it look more like an elevated hatchback than a crossover SUV.
EDMUNDS SAY: Hyundai Kona 2018 has a definite advantage over the 2018 Ford EcoSport. The Kona offers superior performance, greater everyday use, and more…
EDMUNDS TELL: Hyundai Kona 2018 has a definite advantage over the 2018 Ford EcoSport. The Kona offers superior performance, greater daily usability, and more features for money.