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2018 Nissan Kicks vs 2018 Hyundai Kona

2018 Nissan Kicks vs 2018 Hyundai Kona

2018 Nissan Kicks vs 2018 Hyundai Kona

The midsize crossover segment is all but pushing out the family sedan as the go-to vehicle choice. Enter the compact crossover, a segment that has seen a quick rise to popularity in recent years. If we can recall models like the Suzuki X90 and Toyota RAV4, who were just a little ahead of their time. Fast forward ten years, and almost every automotive manufacturer builds a compact crossover, while some have two entries. At Every1Drives, we not only possess a wide range of used crossovers, but we offer sedans, SUVs, Trucks, and much more.

In 2018 Nissan and Hyundai two value-oriented brands introduced Nissan Kicks and Hyundai Kona, respectively. The Hyundai Kona was designed to deliver small-car fun with big-crossover features. The Nissan Kicks is considered fast fashion: fun to drive and simple for those on a budget. Both manufacturers are considered heavyweights, they have engineered and designed two of the best compact crossovers to compete against each other and competitors in the segment. Both these excellent compact crossovers have been designed to roam the streets and highways of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces.

2018 Nissan Kicks vs 2018 Hyundai Kona - Styling

The 2018 Nissan Kicks displays an artistic sense of design and substance while still following the path of Nissan brands signature design elements. The established signature design is Nissan's V-Motion grille, floating roof with wrap-around visor, and the boomerang headlights and taillights. These elements are augmented by a various number of dynamic styling features, like the bold wheel arch fenders and rising character lines that provide a unique crossover stance. While this design language exhibits a notion of strength, aerodynamic performance was not sacrificed as overall refinement and reduction in wind noise was also achieved. Exterior features include Intelligent Highlights with adjustable sensitivity, LED low beam, heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals.

The 2018 Hyundai Kona while in the same segment takes a radically different approach to styling. Instead of taking the path of power and strength, the Kona veers down the road of refined aesthetics with sculpted body forms that result in a bold, striking, and athletic appearance. The low, wide stance and long wheelbase ensure a sporty and nimble handling driving experience. Unlike the Kicks large V-Motion grille, the Kona produces a sporty mesh pattern grille that dominates the front visage. Further enhanced by a headlight design that separates the LED headlights from the LED Daytime Running Lights.

2018 Nissan Kicks vs 2018 Hyundai Kona - Interior Comfort

Inside the 2018 Kicks displays its quality and futuristic design full of innovative features that tech-hungry consumers are yearning for. The interior offers ample room for drivers and passengers with one of the largest load areas in its class. Occupants in the front seats experience Nissan's modern Gliding Wing dashboard design, which features a 7.0-inch infotainment system that offers available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Cargo space is also ample and allows for multiple configurations to store your articles.

The unique exterior design cues make their way inside the cockpit of the 2018 Hyundai Kona. By incorporating a strong horizontal character line, the Kona creates a wide and spacious interior persona. Interior roominess and front headroom are aplenty even with its compact dimensions and low roofline. While in the front seat, the driver and passenger will experience an advanced infotainment system that features a seven-inch floating screen. Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto are standard along with an easy to use HVAC system.

2018 Nissan Kicks vs 2018 Hyundai Kona Technology

There are many technology features offered with the 2018 Nissan Kicks, please find them below:

  • Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM)
  • Moving Object Detection (MOD)
  • Intelligent Auto Headlights (I-AH)
  • Remote Start
  • LED Headlights
  • And more

The 2018 Hyundais Active Safety features help to keep the driver alert and assist when needed. Find a list of some features below:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
  • Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
  • High Beam Assist (HBA)
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW)
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collison Warning (RCCW)
  • Remote Start
  • And more

2018 Nissan Kicks vs 2018 Hyundai Kona - Engine and Fuel Economy

Both compact crossovers provide four-cylinder power plants. However, the Hyundai Kona offers an optional turbocharged 1.6L. The Kicks comes standard with a 1.6L DOHC 16 valve four-cylinder that produces 125-hp and 115 lb-ft of torque while the Kona offers an equivalent standard 2.0L four-cylinder DOHC engine that is good for 147-hp and 132 lb-ft. The 1.6L turbo bumps that power up to 175-hp and a heart-thumping 195 lb-ft of torque. It is paired to a smooth-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch while the Kicks Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) makes for a unique driving experience.

Fuel economy numbers are quite similar across the board. Please see below:

2018 Nissan Kicks vs 2018 Hyundai Kona - Fuel Economy

Hyundai Kona 1.6T Hyundai Kona 2.0 Nissan Kicks 2.0
9.0L/100km City 8.6L/100km City 7.7L/100km City
8.0L/100km Hwy 7.0L/100km Hwy 6.6L/100km Hwy
8.6L/100km Comb. 7.9L/100km Comb. 7.2L/100km Comb.


The 2018 Hyundai Kona starts at $20,999 and tops out at $31,999 for the 1.6T AWD with Colour package. The 2018 Nissan Kicks begins at $17,998 and sets buyers back a modest $22,798. Each vehicle provides various features and packaging. The Hyundai goes above what the Nissan offers, thus the variation in pricing.

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