The 2020 Jeep Renegade and Hyundai Kona are comparable five passenger crossover SUVs on the market today. Our team here at Bob Weaver Auto wants to help you narrow down your choice between these vehicle options. We invite you to read through our comparison of these two small SUVs then come down to our location here in Pottsville, Pennsylvania to test drive your new vehicle today!
In the price arena, the Kona takes the win starting at $20,300 compared to the Renegade which starts at $22,620.
If adventure is your name and off-roading is your game, the Renegade is the vehicle for you. Consistent with the Jeep® brand, the Renegade came to play. With a 9-Speed Automatic transmission producing an incredible 177 horsepower and 210 lb. ft. torque along with the capability to tow up to 2,000 lbs., the Renegade was made for every adventure you take. Comparatively, the Kona’s 2.0L engine paired with a mediocre 6-Speed Automatic transmission only tows up to 1,500 lbs. and produces a maximum of 175 horsepower and 195 ft. lb. of torque.
Being equipped with a high air intake, sealed electrical connections and moisture-resistant body openings, the Renegade is ready to conquer almost any flowing body of water you come across. Not to mention exceptional ground clearance and defensive underbody skid plates that will get safely through rocky terrain.
The Renegade also has several available systems which include; an Active Drive 4X4 System, Jeep Active Drive Low System, and Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System. The Active Drive 4X4 System will help the driver to always maintain control in any road conditions you may face. The Jeep Active Drive Low System takes things one step farther delivering a 21:1 crawl ratio for all the off-road explorers out there. Lastly, the Selec-Terrain® Traction Management system maintains control over the optimization of the engine and drivetrain systems allowing the Renegade to easily adapt to any surface including snow, sand, and mud. The Trailhawk® model of the Renegade is also equipped with an exclusive rock mode specifically designed for the off-road extremists and those wanting to become such!
The Renegade comes in ahead of the Kona in regards to comfort also. The Renegade has a greater amount of both head- and leg-room, and a more user-friendly infotainment system. Both vehicles offer heated Leather Seating options, however the Renegade is the only one of the two that has an available heated steering wheel. The Kona has an available Automatic Temperature Control and the Renegade takes it up a notch by upgrading that same available feature to also be Dual-Zone.
Jeep® understands the importance of enjoying the outdoors even while inside your vehicle. Experience nature with two impressive Sunroof options for the Renegade that far outdo the Kona’s simple option of your typical Power Tilt-and-Slide Sunroof. Choose from the available My Sky® Power Removable Sunroof for the full outdoor experience, or the available Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof for a more reserved, but enjoyable view while you adventure.
The Renegade comes standard with Wireless Charging, whereas that feature is only offered as an upgrade in the Kona. The Renegade also offers a Nine-Speaker Kenwood Premium Audio System with a 560-watt Amplifier, compared to Kona’s factory brand Audio System.
For this category, the Renegade comes out on top once again. Where Kona only has a maximum of 45.8 cubic feet of cargo space, the Renegade has 50.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo area. The Renegade has flat fold rear seats along with a folding front-passenger seat, whereas the Kona is much less flexible. An innovative adjustable cargo floor is also available in the Renegade that allows the floor to be moved up or down--allowing for easing loading or expanding the already impressive available cargo area.
Keyless Start, Remote Engine Start and Heated Mirrors come standard on the Renegade, and offered as upgrades on the Kona. You can opt for Adaptive Cruise Control on the Renegade, but you’re out of luck with the Kona.. You will also be impressed to know that the Renegade has an available Full-Size Spare Tire because Jeep® knows how important it is to be prepared when you’re out adventuring.
As far as technology advancements go, both vehicles come standard with smart device integration, as well as Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility. The Renegade also offers a 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot for up to eight devices that is accessible within a 50-foot radius of the vehicle.
Both crossovers come standard with a Back-Up Camera, Driver Air Bag, Front Air Bag, Front Side Air Bag, Passenger Air Bag, and Rear Head Air Bag. The Renegade also includes a Driver Knee Air Bag in its safety features whereas the Kona doesn’t.
When comparing the standard and optional safety features for each of these vehicles, Hyundai prioritizes safety due to the volume of safety features that come standard on the Kona. The Renegade offers all the same safety features as you will find in the Kona, however some of them are only offered in upgraded safety packages.
If you are looking for a family adventure vehicle that combines all the features you need for your day-to-day life, the Renegade is that vehicle. Combining the comfort and convenience features you need for your daily drive, with its off-road prowess gives you the full package. The Kona does offer more standard safety features and starts out at a lower price; however, with the ability to add-on all the safety features you’d like to the long list of features that come standard, the Renegade is truly the better option overall. We hope you will come in today to talk to us more about this incredible crossover.