Spec-sheet brawl: Ford EcoSport vs. Hyundai Kona

A subcompact-crossover shootout
by Jason Tulio | Jan 12, 2019
PHOTO: Raynand Olarte

The crossover craze seems to be going strong well into 2019. In this fight, we have two relative newcomers to the market: The facelifted Ford EcoSport, which is the refreshed version of the American brand’s Philippine bestseller, and the Hyundai Kona, which arrived in the country last year.

Both subcompact crossovers have seats for five people, both are priced at over P1 million, and both are front-wheel-drive. The big difference here is in their engines: The Kona runs on a 2.0-liter in-line-four, while the new EcoSport Titanium AT has a 1.0-liter EcoBoost mill that puts out more power and torque than the standard 1.5-liter option.

Okay, enough talk. It’s time to settle the rivalry. Have a look at the specs below, and let us know which one gets your pick by answering the poll. 


Ford EcoSport 1.0L EcoBoost Titanium AT

Hyundai Kona 2.0 GLS AT

Price (Philippine peso) 1,168,000 1,118,000
Seating capacity 5 5
Engine 1.0-liter turbo gasoline 2.0-liter gasoline
Power 123hp @ 6,000rpm 147hp @ 6,200rpm
Torque 170Nm @ 1,500rpm 179Nm @ 4,500rpm
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 52 50
Transmission Six-speed automatic Six-speed automatic
Brakes (front/rear) Disc Ventilated disc/disc
Front suspension MacPherson strut Independent MacPherson strut with coil spring
Rear suspension Semi-independent twist beam Coupled torsion beam axle
Wheels 17-inch alloy 17-inch alloy
Tires 215/55 R17 215/55 R17
Ignition Push start Push start
Audio system 8-inch touchscreen, seven speakers Mono LCD with Bluetooth, six speakers
A/C system Automatic Manual
Seats Leather Fabric
Steering wheel Leather with controls and telescopic adjustment Polyurethane with controls and telescopic adjustment
Airbags Driver/passenger, side, curtain Driver/passenger, side, curtain
Dimensions (mm) 4,325 x 1,765 x 1,656 4,165 x 1,800 x 1,550
Wheelbase (mm) 2,519 2,600
Ground clearance (mm) 209 175

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