Kia Niro EV vs. Hyundai Kona Electric

2022 Kia Niro EV vs. 2022 Hyundai Kona EV
2023 Kia Niro EV


2023 Hyundai Kona Electric


64.0 kWh



Drive Type

253 mi1

MPG Ratings

258 mi2

When it comes to choosing the best electric SUV for your daily commute in Riverside, we understand that there are many choices on the market today. Below, we’ve put together a comprehensive comparison of the 2023 Kia Niro EV and Hyundai Kona Electric SUVs. These esteemed brands have embraced the shift towards electric mobility, making it an interesting and informative read as we dive into the battle between these two vehicles.



While both offer remarkable features, range, and user technology, only one achieves a harmonious combination of exceptional maneuverability and efficiency. Take a moment to explore our enticing range of new Kia specials at Riverside Kia or continue reading to discover how the 2023 Kia Niro EV holds up against its competition.

Kia Niro EV vs. Hyundai Kona EV: Model Overview

If you reside in Riverside, you’re likely familiar with the demands of a busy lifestyle. Whether it’s frequent commutes to Corona or extensive driving requirements for work, you’re here because you’re seeking a way to reduce your carbon footprint while eliminating gas expenses. While electric vehicles are an excellent choice for eco-conscious driving with their economical and emission-free nature, it’s important to consider versatility to maximize value. Let’s dive into the details and evaluate the models to help you make an informed decision.

2023 Kia Niro EV

  • Trim Levels: Wind, Wave
  • Horsepower: 201 hp
  • Exterior Paint Colors: 8-9 (depending on trim)
  • Drive Type: FWD
  • Body Style: Crossover SUV
  • EPA-Estimated Range: 253 mi1
  • Cargo Volume: 22.8 cu. ft.
  • Length: 174.0 in
  • Width: 71.9 in
  • Height: 61.8 in

2023 Hyundai Kona Electric

  • Trim Levels: SE, SEL, Limited
  • Horsepower: 201 hp
  • Exterior Paint Colors: 4-8 (depending on trim)
  • Drive Type: FWD
  • Body Style: Subcompact SUV
  • EPA-Estimated Range: 258 mi2
  • Cargo Volume: 19.2 cu. ft.
  • Length: 165.6 in
  • Width: 70.9 in
  • Height: 61.0 in

Hyundai Kona Electric or Kia Niro EV: Features

In 2023, Kia Niro offers two impressive trim levels: Wind and Wave. While Hyundai may offer a slightly lower entry price, buyers should exercise caution. The Hyundai Kona comes with fewer features compared to the Niro. Although the Hyundai Kona offers one additional trim level for added features and amenities, the Kia Niro provides more value for your investment, including more space, customization options, and a similar range.

The Kia Niro offers substantial value right from the start. When you take it for a spirited test drive near Fontana, you’ll experience numerous luxurious features that will captivate you. Also, the Kia Niro incorporates essential features as standard, which the Kona Electric either limits to higher trims or entirely omits. These features include:

  • Forward-collision avoidance
  • Parking distance warning
  • Highway driving assist
  • Smart cruise control
  • Intelligent speed limit assist
  • Driver attention warning

Additionally, both Wind and Wave trims of the 2023 Kia Niro EV come with a 10.25-inch touch-screen infotainment center, a Harman Kardon® audio system (Wave trim), and factory-standard navigation. You can find the 2023 Kia Niro EV for sale at our dealership.

In comparison, the Hyundai Kona Electric offers an 8-inch infotainment display as standard on the base trim, a 10.25-inch display on higher trims, and a Harman Kardon® sound system only on its highest trim. The higher trims of the Kona Electric also include some safety features that the base model of the Kia Niro EV already encompasses, such as lane assistance systems and smart cruise control.

Kia Niro EV vs. Hyundai Kona EV: Performance & Range

Now let’s examine the cornerstone of any electric vehicle: range. With its 64.8-kWh 358-volt lithium-ion polymer battery, the Kia Niro EV provides drivers with an EPA-estimated range of 253 miles1. The Kona Electric offers an almost identical range of 258 miles2, making them direct competitors in terms of distance.

However, the battery voltage and energy are significant differences between the two. The Kona Electric features a lithium-ion battery with a slightly lower voltage at 356 volts and reduced battery capacity at 64.0 kWh. These differences mean that the Kona Electric will require more time to charge compared to the Niro EV, solidifying the Kia Niro as the top choice for power, performance, and reliability.

Kia vs. Hyundai SUV: Seating Capacity

The 2023 Kia Niro EV also outperforms the Hyundai Kona Electric in the seating department. The Kia Niro EV offers SynTex and cloth seating, with the Wave trim featuring perforated seats for enhanced ventilation. This approach not only eliminates leather upholstery but also demonstrates a commitment to sustainability and reducing the brand’s carbon footprint.

On the other hand, the Kona Electric maintains industry-standard leather upholstery for its highest trim, compromising on environmentally conscious options. Lower trims of the Kona Electric feature cloth seating but lack ventilation, potentially forcing drivers to choose between sustainability and comfort.

Hyundai Kona Electric or Kia Niro EV: Discover More at Riverside Kia

Now that you have explored the key differences between the Kia Niro EV and the Kona Electric, we are thrilled to offer you an exhilarating test drive in a vehicle that we are confident will exceed your expectations in terms of space, energy conservation, and performance.

Visit Riverside Kia near San Bernardino for exceptional service as our specialists guide you through the Kia Niro EV and discuss leasing or financing options. Take a moment to browse our complete inventory of Kia cars for sale, choose your favorite model, and let us know which one we can bring to you first!


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