This week we mail into the ring two products vying for market share in a segment that is at this time very well known in Canada, that of the small SUV. The two products are modern to the market – in actuality the shiny new Seltos is just hitting the market as we converse – and so modern-day in the two kind and functionality. Which of these close cousins is the improved choice, having said that? We take a look…

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2020 Hyundai Kona

The little Kona, named immediately after a Hawaiian town, has been with us given that 2018, and last year Hyundai additional an electric edition to the providing. It is back on our roads devoid of important variations for 2020. It’s one of the small SUVs with the speediest-growing profits general performance in the last year. Profits in Canada rose from 14,900 to 25,800 concerning 2018 and 2019, a seventy eight% maximize. Its dimension is nicely-proportioned and it arrives in eye-catching colours that offer a refreshing transform from the normal grey, black and beige.

Five variations
The Kona is out there in the following products: Vital, Favored, Luxury, Pattern and Top.

In the Vital edition, you get sixteen-inch wheels, LED daytime operating lights, computerized headlights, heated sideview mirrors, intermittent entrance wipers, heated entrance seats, fabric upholstery, manually altered driver’s seat, Android Car and Apple CarPlay, 6-speaker audio procedure, local climate control, cruise control, electric power windows and doorway locks and keyless entry.

That all of this typical products still leaves the price of access at about $21,500 goes a lengthy way to outlining the achievement of the Kona.

Critique of the 2019 Hyundai Kona 1.6L T

Critique of the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric powered

The Favored edition receives 17-inch wheels with fog lights, blind location collision warning, lane support with rear cross-website traffic inform, leather-based-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector, heated steering wheel and passive keyless entry.

The Luxury edition features an 8-way electric power driver’s seat with lumbar assistance, rear parking distance warning, computerized local climate control and sunroof. This package deal also features the Hyundai Smartsense Primary Security Suite, which features lane holding support, driver focus warning and entrance collision avoidance guidance with pedestrian detection.

In the Pattern edition, you get eighteen-inch LED taillight wheels, a chrome ring grille, dark grey entire body color, silver rear skid plate, rain-sensitive wipers and a head-up display. This package deal also features material upholstery and eliminates Smartsense features.

The leather-based, electric power seat and Smartsense return in the Top Trim Bundle, which features LED headlamps with active cornering lights, an eight.-inch contact display, wireless charger, digital shade gauge display and vehicle-dimming rearview mirror.

Exact engines for the two products
Each the Kona and the Seltos are out there with two engines. The basic powertrain is a 147-hp two.0L 4-cylinder motor delivering 132 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-velocity computerized transmission. An optional 1.6L turbocharged motor (175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque) is out there with a 7-velocity transmission. There is also a choice of FWD or AWD with Eco, Ordinary and Sport driving modes to personalize your ride a little.

The chassis arrives from the Tucson product and is adapted for the Kona. Driving the wheel of the two.0L edition, electric power is a bit restricted if there are many people and considerably gear on board and passing maneuvers turn into far more challenging the motor is obviously pressured to do the job tricky tricky when pushed and the soundproofing is just not plenty of to camouflage the mechanical complaints. The good thing is, the chassis is strong and the handling is very good.

Issues get considerably far more exciting in the 1.6L edition of the Kona. The 175 hp and generous torque transform of that unit the Kona’s ride. Managing, in general equilibrium and handling are all enhanced by a notch or two. The Sport manner really offers the Kona a sporty edge and you can sense a considerably tighter link concerning highway and driver.

2021 Kia Seltos

The Kia brand has been using a wave of acceptance that has translated into profits achievement in modern yrs. The new Seltos aims for practicality at a reasonable price but in a appealing package deal. That strategy proved enormously successful with the Telluride, so it’s not surprising to see Kia stick to it once more for the Seltos, which slips in concerning the Soul and the Sportage in the Korean automaker’s lineup, but with a far more upscale solution than the Niro.

4 variations
The Seltos is out there in LX, EX, EX High quality and SX variations. Each Kia and Hyundai offer fantastic price with their motor vehicles. The Seltos arrives typical with Android Car and Apple Carplay in all variations. The eight-inch multimedia display increases to 10.25-inch with UVO Intelligence in quality products, and the Bose quality audio procedure with eight speakers is also out there in SX products, as is the head-up display. Heated entrance seats are typical, with optional heated rear seats and ventilated entrance seats. There is also a typical USB port in the rear. The navigation procedure only arrives typical on SX products.

Unique platform
Contrary to what numerous persons presume, the Seltos and the Kona do not ride on the same platform, and the Seltos is slightly larger sized. But it is really largely thanks to its far more-standard condition and greater roof that travellers will sense far more comfortable in it. The positives consist of the entrance seats, which are vast and comfortable. The rear seats recline a few centimetres for more comfort and ease on for a longer time excursions, which is fairly new amongst small SUVs.

While only out there in the high-stop SX product, the eight-speaker Bose audio procedure is a plus for squeezing far more enjoyment out of listening to your favourite new music. By the way, this is the initially time Kia has geared up one of its products with a Bose procedure (the automaker utilized Harman/kardon previously), and the sound is fantastic for a auto supplied at this price level.

Among my pet peeves, the inside is coated in black plastic, the quality of which is questionable in some locations even in the high-stop SX variations this is in which the Seltos loses a few points.

Exact engines
The Kona and the Seltos offer the same engines. Nonetheless, there is a nuance and it is really worth mentioning. Whilst the base two.0L motor presents a CVT with the Seltos, Hyundai opted for a 6-velocity computerized transmission that is considerably far more powerful and positive than the CVT, devoid of expanding gasoline use. The 1.6-litre turbo motor arrives in the two conditions with the 7-velocity twin-clutch transmission. While the twin-clutch transmission is a bit jerky, it is really the improved performer on the highway. If you have to pick out the two.0L motor, the Kona and its computerized transmission will spare your ears some ungainly CVT-caused shrieks.

Gain Hyundai Kona

As we have just pointed out, the computerized transmission presents the finest relationship with the two.0L motor. As nicely, the Kona’s base price is slightly lessen.

Gain Kia Seltos

The Seltos is a bit far more spacious, and presents a lessen sounds stage, far more space for rear travellers and remarkable cargo area.


You have the same guarantee, comparable gasoline use figures, and the motor vehicles are tied in conditions of on-highway general performance and the lengthy record of typical products features for a sensible price. In the two conditions, you also have a basic two-wheel drive product and 4 wheel drive products in the far more-sophisticated variations.


A challenging decision, for the reason that the two of these small SUVs are quality motor vehicles. Despite the presence of a rather irritating CVT, we are still heading to lean to the Seltos for useful factors. The Seltos presents a far more-spacious structure with improved head space – very critical things to consider for families who enjoy any little more area in an SUV. In our view, it’s a product that guarantees to be a excellent achievement.

2020 Hyundai Kona

We like

6-velocity computerized transmission
Very good highway handling
A lot of typical products

We like a lot less

Sounds stage in the base product
Base motor is a bit underpowered
Scaled-down inside quantity

2021 Kia Seltos

We like

Wonderful styling
Generous and nicely-appointed area
Entire products

We like a lot less

A little far too considerably low cost plastic
CVT hates to do the job tricky
Double-clutch gearbox hesitates at low RPM


  2020 Hyundai Kona 2020 Kia Seltos
  Transmission 6-sp vehicle or 7-sp twin-clutch CVT or 7-sp twin-clutch
  Drivetrain FWD or AWD FWD or AWD
    two.0L (FWD) two.0L (FWD)
  Gas use (town) eight.6L/a hundred km eight.2L/a hundred km
  Gas use (highway) 7.0L/a hundred km 7.1L/a hundred km
    1.6L T 1.6L T
  Gas use (town) 9.2L/a hundred km 9.4L/a hundred km
  Gas use (highway) 7.8L/a hundred km eight.7L/a hundred km
  Engines two.0L two.0L
  Kind Fuel Fuel
  Output 147 hp 146 hp
  Torque 132 lb-ft 132 lb-ft
  Cylinders 4 4
  Engines 1.6L T 1.6L T
  Kind Fuel Fuel
  Output 175 hp 175 hp
  Torque 195 lb-ft 195 lb-ft
  Cylinders 4 4
  Cargo Area 544 L, 1296 L 753 L, 1778 L
  Gas tank 50 L 50 L
  Duration 4165 mm 4369 mm
  Width 1800 mm 1801 mm
  Top 1565 mm 1631 mm
  Wheelbase 2600 mm 2629 mm
  Guarantee 5 yrs/a hundred,000 km 5 yrs/a hundred,000 km
  Pricing $21,249 to $32,449 $22,995 to $32,595