New Kia e-Niro vs Hyundai Kona Electric

Two months ago, we named Hyundai’s Kona Electric as the best car of its kind. But has fellow Korean brand Kia made better use of the very same battery and motor with its e-Niro?...

Hyundai Kona infotainment
Hyundai Kona Electric infotainment

Hyundai gets off to a cracking start by mounting its 8.0in touchscreen at the very top of the Kona’s dashboard, because this means you don’t have to look too far from the road to see it. The graphics are pretty crisp and the menus are simple enough to navigate – although the home icon is a bit small. Plus, you get handy physical shortcut buttons. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, sat-nav and even a high-end Krell stereo are standard.

Kia e-Niro infotainment

Unlike our German test car, UK-spec e-Niros feature an 8.0in touchscreen with a similar appearance and identical functionality to the Kona’s. Indeed, the only real difference is where the display and its shortcut buttons are located. Although some might prefer the cleaner integration into the dashboard, it means you have to take your eyes farther from the road to use it. For safety reasons, that gives the Kona’s infotainment the edge.

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