Spec-sheet brawl: Hyundai Kona vs. Suzuki Vitara

Which crossover is the better deal?
by Drei Laurel | Oct 31, 2018
ILLUSTRATION: Raynand Olarte

Since its Philippine arrival late last year, the Suzuki Vitara has established itself as one of the market’s most promising value-for-money offerings, thanks to its modern styling, reliable performance, and decent equipment list.

The Hyundai Kona is a relatively similar proposition: a small crossover that hopes to entice buyers with hip looks and a decent spec sheet. The thing is, there’s only one variant offered locally—and it costs more than P1.1 million.

So, let’s take a look at the top-of-the-line Suzuki Vitara GLX AT and the Hyundai Kona 2.0 GLS AT. The two vehicles are separated by a miniscule P20,000 in price, but the Korean comes packing a more potent 2.0-liter gasoline engine capable of 147hp and 179Nm of torque. In contrast, the Suzuki's 1.6-liter mill puts out only 115hp and 156Nm.

Still, the Vitara makes up for its more modest output with a more feature-rich interior. Its 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system might just be the largest unit in the subcompact-crossover segment, and it comes with automatic climate control. It also flaunts nice leather and suede seats. The Kona? Entertainment is handled by a mono LCD unit with Bluetooth, and the seats are fabric.

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Other significant differences include ground clearance and cargo capacity. Check out the specs below and let us know in the poll which one you would go with.

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Hyundai Kona 2.0 GLS AT

Suzuki Vitara GLX AT

Price (Philippine peso) 1,118,000 1,098,000
Drive FWD FWD
Seating capacity 5 5
Engine 2.0-liter gasoline 1.6-liter gasoline
Power 147hp @ 6,200rpm 115hp @6,000rpm
Torque 179Nm @ 4,500rpm 156Nm @ 4,400rpm
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 50 47
Transmission Six-speed automatic Six-speed automatic
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated disc/disc Ventilated disc/disc
Front suspension MacPherson strut MacPherson strut with coil spring
Rear suspension Coupled torsion beam axle Torsion beam with coil spring
Wheels 17-inch alloy 17-inch alloy
Tires 215/55 R17 215/55 R17
Ignition Push start Push start
Audio system Mono LCD with Bluetooth, six speakers 10-inch touchscreen, six speakers
A/C system Manual Automatic
Seats Fabric Leather and suede
Steering wheel Polyurethane with controls and telescopic adjustment Leather with controls and telescopic adjustment
Airbags Driver/passenger, side, curtain Driver/passenger, side, curtain
Dimensions (mm) 4,165 x 1,800 x 1,550 4,175 x 1,775 x 1,610
Cargo capacity (liters) 544 375
Wheelbase (mm) 2,600 2,500
Ground clearance (mm) 175 185

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