The 2018 Hyundai Kona and 2018 Ford EcoSport are two of the most recent sub-compact crossovers to land in America but the two couldn't be more different. The Kona is an all-new design while the EcoSport is a tried-and-true design coming to us for the first time. The Kona drives like a lightly lifted hatchback while Fors channeled their inner Escape when designing their smallest go anywhere CUV. One has a standard turbo, the other makes a turbo optional, one has headlamps where you expect and the other does not. One has a hatch, the other has a 5th door. Which is right for you? Let's find out.


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    • Rick Hustwick
      Rick Hustwick

      1:29 ... That ford is so ugly. It's like a 10 year old truck on tiny wheels.

      about 7 hours ago
    • Jason joncas
      Jason joncas

      Hyundai looks like a 2010 jeep cherokee in the front end.

      about 3 days ago
    • Z Jones
      Z Jones

      The ecosport is an absolute dog with the base engine. I had the displeasure of driving one with 3 other adults and 2 suitcases and it was pathetically underpowered and made a lot of noise when you tried to use whatever little power you had.

      about 5 days ago
    • Chico Bingo
      Chico Bingo

      Kona is WAY more better looking than Ecosport... There is something wrong with the proportions of the Ecosport. The lines and curve of the Kona is beautiful.

      about 10 days ago
    • GermanCarsRule
      GermanCarsRule

      Styling is personal. I think the Kona looks far better and sportier. If I had dirt roads and deep snow I'd go for ground clearance. No way I would pick the 3 cylinder Ford. I'd upgrade to the 2.0l. On the hatch vs door this is a priority issue for me. I have a Mini Clubman which I thought was the last vehicle made with side open doors short of true off-road vehicles. If you put kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, skis or eight foot boards from Home Depot on the roof you appreciate side opening doors that don't crash into your gear. I also like the lower roof line with a still decent ground clearance on the Kona. When you are throwing a 45lb kayak up there you don't like a six foot throw to the rack which will generally be 4 inches above the roof and another few inches if you have a special mount. Side open doors are very nice and not a big deal except in parallel parking. Even then you are likely not to need a wide open rear door. Having said all that I think Alex does one of the best and most thoughtful reviews and comparisons. I am considering a Kona and comparing a cross-shop competitor is very useful. From this review, I'd go Kona for my needs and preferences.

      about 12 days ago
    • Doug Sydnes
      Doug Sydnes

      Love my Kona 1.6T AWD.

      about 18 days ago
    • Steve Robertson
      Steve Robertson

      Kona is by far the better car here. Better styling, better engine, better warrenty, more tech and features... I bought one recently and get so excited to get in it every chance i can get and drive around. Kona FTW!!

      about 1 month ago
    • Fred Moller
      Fred Moller

      I'd take the Ford any day, I like the higher ground clearance, and coming from a 2017 Hyundai Tucson awd, I'll take the Ford any day.

      about 1 month ago
    • Jon Smit
      Jon Smit

      I've driven Hyundai cars for the last few years and am very happy with them. Stylish, elaborate, reliable, user friendly. Sorry Ford, but Hyundai people just make better cars. Way better. Kona is no exception.

      about 1 month ago
    • J M
      J M

      I think it to much money for a fake SUV and hellllllll nooo on a i3 engine. Also $20000 and up i can get a KIA Soul that is big then that fake SUV. Just wait when that engine start to getting to 100000 mile or more. Total failures over heating failure on that turbos and head gasket blowing up. Who knows more.

      about 1 month ago
    • Bill Morley
      Bill Morley

      I've watched tons of these utility vehicle reviews and NONE go into ANY detail on roof racks. It seems like these suvs both have the capacity for that. Plenty of folks, like myself, enjoy biking and kayaking and need a vehicle that can carry the types of things that can't fit into the interior. So why isn't that being addressed here? And what about towing capacity?

      about 1 month ago
    • geneticrex
      geneticrex

      My neighbor bought the eco-sport and after a few months, is not happy with it. The Ford is junk and in no way compares to the Kona.

      about 1 month ago
    • Susan
      Susan

      Very informative. I was already leaning toward the Kona, along with better acceleration, (a must for highway driving,) better fuel, and just better overall styling, ( I'm sorry, the Ecosport is just blah). I think I've made my choice. omordah.com

      about 1 month ago
    • 박박동석
      박박동석

      ford is garbage. hyundai wins

      about 1 month ago
    • Dev Guy
      Dev Guy

      side door on the back are plain stupid, good luck not pulling your back lifting and putting heavy items in the back, you elbows are going to get smashed more times than not too

      about 1 month ago
    • Hu Jiaming
      Hu Jiaming

      I don't understand, Ford do have a small car called Fiesta, then why they still make Ecosport? It looks unnecessary.

      about 1 month ago
    • Mark Decker
      Mark Decker

      I'm curious how the fuel economy numbers came to be for Ford Ecosport. I just recently bought a 2019 Ecosport. I drive high mileage and live in an area where almost everyone buys AWD or FWD.
      I deliberately purchased a Ford Ecosport in a FWd version. I had to drive 90mi to a dealership just to find a Ford Ecosport configured in a FWD version in the trim level I wanted just to test drive.
      The FWD has marginally better fuel economy based on numbers. I currently have driven about 2700mi on my vehicle. Using the vehicle settings for trip and fuel mileage I am averaging about 33-34mpg. I live in Pennsylvania less than a mile from a ski resort and 2nd highest mountain in the state. I am constantly up and down hills, up and down mountains, live on a back road. I say this because I live in an area and drive on roads that aren't conducive for delivery great fuel economy numbers. I have long commute to work and drive on state highways and some interstate driving at 70+mph highway speeds.
      I check my fuel mileage against trip odometer and not fuel economy numbers showing on the dash.
      Just yesterday in filled up and squeezed all I could into the tank. I drive 346.7mi and filled up with 10.44 gal of gas. That's an average of 33.2 MPG for the tank. I don't know how you could even drive this ecosport and only be able to muster 27 MPG or so.
      I have had over 34MPG. My worst tank was my first tank. When vehicle was delivered to me it had 15mi on it. Dealership delivered it with a full tank of gas. I averaged 31.2MPG on the first tank with new engine break in. So far, that's my worst numbers to date.
      I agree that the one liter EcoBoost engine might be under powered. I'm driving up and down hills and although it's not great it's not horrible. one the highway I seldom ever notice it downshifting unless I'm pulling a steep hill.
      That 1.0L engine is a marvel. Noise vibration, harshness, it is a superior designed engine compared to the 2L engine that is also offered. early when the one liter engine debuted in 2012 in 2013 models Ford had some issues with it. It is now 7 years old and worldwide Ford has sold nearly a million of those 3-cylinder EcoBoost engines.
      Worldwide it is the preferred engine to have and usually the top choice.
      I am glad I went out of my way and bucked the normal trend and went with the FWD EcoBoost version of this vehicle I could not be happier with the fuel economy it's returning.
      another big thing that sold me to the EcoBoost and sold me to Ford as my previous vehicle was a Ford was the medium light stone interior. the medium light stone interior is a beige interior I don't know why it is expected with every vehicle that black is the normal and the expected choice that you should purchase.
      I absolutely despise black interior in a vehicle I looked at the Hyundai Kona and also the Honda HRV I thought the interior sucked. You can get a gray choice for interior it is limited to just a few exterior color choices when you choose the grey interior with those models.
      I have a titanium trim ecosport with the beige leather interior and I personally think the interior looks beautiful.

      about 2 months ago
    • welsh1lad
      welsh1lad

      I have the 2016 Titanium eco sport and agree with you about the rear door , also hidden in the settings is traction control , tire pressure sensors and assisted hill start . Also with Ford you have 911 / 999 automatic assistance . I do miss no automatic folding mirror even on my full specd Titanium model.

      about 2 months ago
    • Kawa saki
      Kawa saki

      You guys are silly, these cars where never made as powerhouses of cars okay, if you want powerful engines you look else where. And thyen Hundai falls through the floor like a sack of potatoes. Ford has many more powerfull models over the Hundai brand anyday of the week, like the Ford Ranger etc. Also Ford Ecosport has a final form called the Storm witch has better everything over the KONA, but you don`t go for power in these cars you go for practicality. If you want power the why not look more towards the Kuga or the Edge cause Hundai do not have those kind of powers. the ranger raptor 350hp no car in Hundai model segment has a more powerful engine than that anyway, and if they do it might be the new GT, but then we are talking sports car segment and the Ford is covered in both ends with both the Ford GT550 and the new Mustang. moving on the new Explorer of 2020 in witch i have ordered will also be a cleass leader in my mind, good power biggest engine 450 horses 10 speed automatic ohyeah. So what you are thinking with is beyond me. If your looking at powerful cars the Hundai is cetainly not the cars for you at all. Fiesta has the RS models aswell 270 horses 1,6 liter turbo ecoboost engines or the focus RS 420 horses of 2020 so stop saying the Hundai is better cause it is clearly a heap of shit..And know your cars before you go pulling legs.

      about 2 months ago
    • Spicy Meatball
      Spicy Meatball

      ford looks dated, i would go for the kona, well done Hyundai.

      about 2 months ago
    • COROLLA95
      COROLLA95

      Hyundai Kona wins! no contest here

      about 2 months ago
    • Heath St john
      Heath St john

      The rear door on the Ford is very dangerous. Each car, like most , today , I'm sure , has it's advantages.

      about 2 months ago
    • Jamie Knight
      Jamie Knight

      I have the turbo Kona. Acceleration and handling are really nice. It also looks much better in gray or black than the green shown in this review.

      about 3 months ago
    • Kavaja Music
      Kavaja Music

      Ford? General motors make shitty engines. I choose Kona

      about 3 months ago
    • Sherwin Colminas
      Sherwin Colminas

      Thanks for doing this review as I was looking for exact car brand/model comparison. Great job!

      about 3 months ago
    • David  Klimmek
      David Klimmek

      I will gladly choose the Ford Ecosport for my family! We've always had Ford trucks & SUVs an they are awesome. Great tech & unbeatable dependability plus we happier buying an American brand. We need a 3rd vehicle an Ecosport 2.0 AWD looks great.

      about 3 months ago
    • Heath St john
      Heath St john In reply to David Klimmek

      @Bomma Reddy Brijendra Reddy Hello. Indeed. Where I work , ( I'm a Londoner ) , the politedt ones , when they come my way , are Indians , mostly ; I even get a head-bows, sometimes. The English ? Well , there's something , in our working-class , you know , distinctly aggressive : good when you need to win a war , but the manners are sadly lacking. Thanks for the information. God bless you.

      about 12 days ago
    • Bomma Reddy Brijendra Reddy
      Bomma Reddy Brijendra Reddy In reply to David Klimmek

      @Heath St john Nothing taken pal! Please, you needn't apologize. I wasn't sure of what was implied so I just thought to share some info.😊✌
      I too believe in what global NCAP is doing and support their cause. They are the ones who are working very hard to educate and enlighten all of the global markets around the world to have similar standards of factory vehicle build and quality along with necessary safety requirements as default irrespective of where and to which market conditions a vehicle is for.
      For more info on this, you may visit: https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/made-in-india-honda-amaze-rated-4-stars-in-global-ncap-crash-test-412902

      In my personal opinion, We Indians are a bit like Canadians when it comes to being humble, sober, extremely friendly and are respected around the world.
      Thank you for sharing your views. Helps us all.
      We all are humans at the end of the day, helping each other makes us more happy!
      Good day!😊

      about 12 days ago
    • Heath St john
      Heath St john In reply to David Klimmek

      @Bomma Reddy Brijendra Reddy Thanks very much. I posted what I did to advise the person who thought it was built in the US that it wasn't , but in India. No imputation of lower standards was to be drawn from it , as it was only a geographical correction. I'm sorry to see South African safety standards are lower than your's ; they should aspire to them. Thanks.

      about 12 days ago
    • Bomma Reddy Brijendra Reddy
      Bomma Reddy Brijendra Reddy In reply to David Klimmek

      @Heath St john As an Indian, I must say that I feel the Ecosport built here is to same standards as it is built elsewhere.
      In fact, to give you an idea about the amount of advancement we have made of late in norms, some models built here are exported to South Africa but unlike the South African market, our regulations require certain safety equipment as standard regardless of the variant such as rear parking sensors and frontal airbags and crash compliant structures with a speed warning at 50mph and above.
      Just thought to share some info.

      about 12 days ago
    • Heath St john
      Heath St john In reply to David Klimmek

      The Ford was built in India. It was designed by Ford , of Brazil. I'm glad you like your car. Enjoy it. Best to you.

      about 2 months ago
    • Matthew Pappas
      Matthew Pappas

      I would by the Kona or any Hyundai with 2.0L because it doesn't have direct injection which can have carbon be up. which is why my truck 2015 150 v8 is also non direct injection. so right there along I would buy Hyundai.

      about 3 months ago
    • grey eyes
      grey eyes

      just got my Kona last week and im looooving it!!!

      about 3 months ago
    • John Ash
      John Ash

      I don't really know why anyone would pick eco sport

      about 3 months ago
    • bill smith
      bill smith

      Theres no way I’m going Hyundai/Kia. I wanted a vehicle that would last so i got the Ford.

      about 3 months ago
    • Darkivaz - AAA
      Darkivaz - AAA In reply to bill smith

      Fords are know to have reliability issues. You must be high or a retarded american.

      about 2 months ago