For subcompact crossover shoppers, both the 2020 Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Kona check all the right boxes. With so much in common, choosing between the two can prove difficult – at least at first. We’ll help you take a closer look at these crossovers and choose the one that suits you best.
Comfiest Setup: 2020 Ford EcoSport
The five-passenger Ford EcoSport is roomy, comfortable, and stocked with modern features. Your favorite passengers will love the EcoSport’s cushy, supportive seats, where you’ll find generous hip and legroom. The EcoSport also offers more in cargo utility, especially if you’re hauling large items. Behind the rear seats, this small crossover offers 20.9 cubic feet of cargo space. To transport gardening supplies or moving boxes, flip down the rear seats for 50 cubes of max cargo space.
The Hyundai Kona also gets high marks for seating comfort, though we do wish it offered more legroom for rear-seat passengers. Although the cargo hold is pretty spacious, with 19.2 cubes for your stuff, the Kona’s max cargo capacity is notably smaller than that of the EcoSport, with 45.8 cubes behind the front seats.
Best Tech Lineup: 2020 Ford EcoSport
Both the 2020 EcoSport and Kona offer an impressive tech setup, keeping you connected with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration features and user-friendly infotainment touchscreen interfaces.
But the Ford EcoSport has a few features you won’t find on the Kona. Every EcoSport features a Wi-Fi hotspot, which is bound to come in handy when your smartphone connectivity is lacking, such as on road trips. Ford’s Sync voice controls are another excellent feature, giving you impressive hands-free access to infotainment options.
Sportiest Performance: 2020 Ford EcoSport
The EcoSport was designed to combine athleticism with thrifty performance, and it definitely gives you a great balance of both. You can even choose between two engine options. The upgraded 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is perfect for driving enthusiasts – its 166 horses and 149 pound-feet of torque make for a snappy ride around town.
The Hyundai Kona is tuned more toward fuel economy, so it’s not quite as peppy. But both engine options provide sufficient power for easygoing highway merging, giving you peace of mind as you make your way through rush-hour traffic.
Max Fuel Economy: 2020 Hyundai Kona
The Kona is the thriftiest of the pair. Depending on which powertrain and equipment, this little crossover earns up to 30 mpg combined (28 city/32 highway mpg). The 2020 Ford EcoSport follows just behind, earning up to 28 mpg combined (27 city/29 highway mpg).
The 2020 Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Kona might have a lot in common, but only one stands out in a major way. The EcoSport is the right choice for drivers who crave maximum comfort, high-tech infotainment gear, and a peppy performance.