2021 Honda HR-V vs. 2021 Hyundai Kona at Spring Honda in Cranbrook, BC

With the capability of its more rugged sibling, but the size to tackle the modern urban environment, the compact SUV has risen to prominence the last few years as a vehicle that can do it all. Of course, that type of popularity means that the segment is jam-packed with options. One of the best is undoubtedly the Honda HR-V, but don’t just take our word for it—explore how it stacks up against another highly-ranked compact SUV in the Hyundai Kona.

Design & Features

Honda HR-V Design

The design of the 2021 Honda HR-V underscores its impressive versatility, beginning with an exterior that combines sporty lines and an athletic stance. Slightly longer and taller than the Sportage, the 2021 HR-V offers a comfortable and spacious interior, with no shortage of cargo options. Other design touches, from the standard LED lights and hands-free power liftgate, to the available one-touch power moonroof, make the 2021 Honda HR-V a winner when it comes to combining utility with handsome features.

 

 

Hyundai Kona Design

The 2021 Hyundai Kona doesn’t trail the HR-V by much in terms of length and height, and actually offers a slightly longer wheelbase. Normally a longer wheelbase would result in a smoother ride, but we’re talking a fraction of an inch here, so the result is negligible. There’s no doubt that the Sportage is stylish, and an abundance of colour options help it stand out on the road. However, if we’re comparing style to substance in a vehicle prized for its utility, we’ll take substance over style every day of the week (luckily the 2021 HR-V has both).

 

 

Specifications:2021 Honda HR-V LX-AWD2021 Hyundai Kona LX
Wheelbase2,610 mm2,600 mm
Length4,348 mm4,165 mm
Width 2,003 mm1,800 mm
Cargo volume (rear seats up)657 L544 L
Cargo volume (rear seats down)1,631 L1,296 L
Passenger volume2,832 L2,664 L

Performance & Capability

When comparing the performance of these two compact SUVs, we’ll direct our attention to the base engine offerings. The Sportage features a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder capable of producing 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, while the sole engine offered in the HR-V—a 1.5-litre, turbocharged 4-cylinder—bests the Sportage with 190 horses and 179 lb-ft of torque. It’s a close comparison, but the smaller turbocharged engine provides slightly more power, torque, and efficiency. Of course, when it comes to efficiency, Honda’s CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) offers a smoother drive and better fuel economy than the 6-speed automatic transmission found in the Hyundai Kona. However, those looking for even more power might find appeal in the 2021 Hyundai Kona SX trim, featuring an upgraded 2.0-litre turbocharged engine providing 237 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Certainly a more powerful option, but one that comes at no small price. Both of these SUVs come with AWD standard, while Honda’s Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control system is easily the more intuitive of the two.

Specifications:2021 Honda HR-V LX-AWD2021 Hyundai Kona
Engine1.8-litre SOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder2.0L MPI Atkinson 4-cylinder
Horsepower141146
Torque (lb-ft)127132
TransmissionCVT6-speed automatic

Safety

Honda HR-V Safety

Reliability has been a hallmark of the Honda brand for as long as anyone can remember, and the 2021 HR-V doesn’t stray from this formula at all. The Honda Sensing Technology suite of advanced features aids the driver at all times, with Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Hill Start Assist, and Road Departure Mitigation among the standard features found in the HR-V. Add in the smart design of the HR-V’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, and you’ve got one of the safest SUVs on the market—period.

 

 

Hyundai Kona Safety

Advanced driver assistance features are now standard equipment on most modern vehicles, and the 2021 Hyundai Kona is no different. Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Blind Spot Detection, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are all standard on the Sportage, providing peace of mind in the city. However, similar to the engine situation, you’ll have to pay extra to add on further safety options.

 

 

Honda HR-V vs. Hyundai Kona Verdict

Extremely similar in size and performance, the 2021 Hyundai Kona might seem like a steal of a deal starting at $25,795 compared to the base price tag of $31,760 for the 2021 Honda HR-V. However, it’s hard to put a price tag on the added safety, reliability, and utility provided by the latest HR-V.

Pardon the pun, but at Spring Honda we’d spring for the extra peace of mind every time. Give us a call, or contact us via the form below to book a test drive in the 2021 Honda HR-V today, and we’re confident that you’ll love the exceptional versatility of the HR-V as much as we do.

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