Crossover SUV Comparison: 2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. 2020 Hyundai Kona

When it comes to crossover SUVs, the options are endless.

But they are not created equal. Before making a decision to purchase or lease a new vehicle, you should explore each available option.

They are similar in price, but the 2020 Mazda CX-30 and the 2020 Hyundai Kona offer features that could lead to choose one over the other.

Today’s drivers desire more from a crossover SUV than handling inclement weather with ease. Comfort, reliability, and performance are a must-have for all of life’s adventures.

red 2020 Mazda-CX30 parked in an empty parking lot with LED daytime running lights turned on in front of mountains under a gray sky

Eliminate the hassle of deciding whether the latest model from Mazda is for you. Compare the 2020 Hyundai Kona to the all-new CX-30 and decide for yourself.

Interior Features Comparison

Precision, comfort, and technology are a necessity and shouldn’t take a backseat.

Be sure to choose a crossover SUV that highlights each element.

The new 2020 Mazda CX-30 offers a luxurious interior at an affordable price point. No matter how long you spend behind the wheel, each drive will be comfortable no matter the distance.


Standard equipment and amenities in the CX-30 Premium includes 12-speaker Bose® premium audio system, rotary knob-controlled 8.8-inch infotainment display, full-color heads-up display, and Mazda Connect services.

Even though the infotainment center is not a touchscreen, it does respond to voice commands in addition to the central rotary knob. Between the two options, it can be quite easy to navigate.

Once you have a grasp on controlling the infotainment center, it won’t take long to discover the system is superior compared to the infotainment center in the 2020 Hyundai Kona.

Mazda Connect services combines information like navigation and fuel usage with mobile apps through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

And if that wasn’t enough, the infotainment center offers a sleek design, paired with brighter colors and a higher resolution. And unlike the center stacked screen in the Kona, the dash-mounted 8.8-inch screen falls naturally within your line of sight.

Seating & Leg Room

Driver and front passenger comfort were also taken into consideration. The front seats in the 2020 Mazda CX-30 offer 54.6-inches of hip room, keeping you and your passenger comfortable for the journey ahead.

But the cherry on top has to be the driver seat is equipped with seat memory in CX-30 Premium Package. So, if a loved one borrows your vehicle and forgets to put the seat back, it’s no issue. The CX-30 will remember for you!

Rear passengers haven’t been forgotten about. The rear seats offer 53.2-inches of pure riding comfort.

infographic detailing some of the interior differences between the new 2020 Mazda cX-30 and the 2020 Hyundai Kona

Kona Interior Specs

The 2020 Hyundai Kona isn’t without its own comforts and conveniences, the likes of which don’t compare to the CX-30.

Inside, drivers will find an 8-inch infotainment center with touchscreen abilities, 8-speaker Infinity audio system,

The front seats offer 53.3-inches and the rear seats offer 52.2-inches of comfort. On paper it may not seem like a lot, but if you spend even an hour each day commuting to and from work, it can make a difference.

A small win for the Kona comes thanks to the auto-dimming rear view mirror. This small, but seemingly necessary allows the driver to focus on the road, rather than adjusting the mirror.

The front console in the Kona Ultimate also offers a wireless smartphone charging station. This is a perfect update if your cellphone is equipped to handle wireless charging technology.

Safety Features Comparison

There are some creature comforts drivers might feel comfortable eliminating from their list of must-haves. But safety features should never be compromised.

If you think it all comes down to anti-lock brakes and airbags — think again.

Driver Assistance

Included in the 2020 Mazda CX-30 Premium is a suite of driver assistance technology and safety features from i-Activsense® designed to provide a safe, enjoyable ride.

The suite of safety technology includes driver attention alert, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, High Beam Control, smart brake support, and Mazda Radar Cruise Control.

Mazda Radar Cruise Control

Mazda Radar Cruise Control allows drivers to set the maximum driving speed which adjusts instinctively with the flow of traffic. To provide even more safety, the technology maintains a safe distance between the CX-30 and the car ahead.

Standard in the CX-30 are whiplash-reducing headrests specifically designed to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash in the event of a rear-end collision.

Reduce the stress of driving no matter the distance by enabling Mazda Radar Cruise Control.

infographic detailing some of the safety features between the new 2020 Mazda cX-30 and the 2020 Hyundai Kona

Kona Safety Features

The Kona Ultimate is equipped with safety features of its own to consider while shopping for a new crossover SUV.

Drivers and passengers will have peace of mind knowing the 2020 crossover is equipped with technology like blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, cross-traffic alert, and lane keeping assist.

Newly developed for the 2020 Kona Ultimate is Smart Cruise Control. Functioning like standard cruise control, the technology includes radar sensors to help maintain a fixed distance behind the traffic ahead.

Performance Comparison

Responsive handling, smooth acceleration, and horsepower have been effortlessly combined in the 2020 Mazda CX-30 crossover SUV.

Horsepower & Gas Mileage

The new Mazda offers a spirited 186 horsepower with 186 pounds-per-feet of torque and 4,000 rpm it will be easy to enjoy the time spent on the road — every time.

But power and performance doesn’t mean more time at the pump.

Mazda CX-30 drivers will benefit from an EPA-estimated from 32 miles per gallon on the highway to an estimated 25 mpg in the city. Enjoy more time on the road exploring life’s adventures.

infographic detailing the performance differences between the new 2020 Mazda cX-30 and the 2020 Hyundai Kona

Even performance is no match for the CX-30.

Horsepower & Gas Mileage in the All-New Kona

The Kona will certainly get you to your intended destination, albeit with less horsepower. The 2020 Hyundai Kona offers 175 horsepower with 195 pounds-per-feet of torque.

The gas mileage found in the new Kona is comparable to the CX-30, with a slight difference.  Drivers can expect and EPA-estimated 29 miles per gallon on the highway and an estimated 26 mpg in the city.

Test Drive a New Mazda CX-30

The Mazda CX-30 comparison has been enlightening as we explored safety features, technology, and even comfort necessities.

The Kona certainly offers a few items drivers desire, but it can’t seem to take on the new Mazda.

To experience the Mazda CX-30 in its entirety, browse our Mazda CX-30 inventory, visit our showroom on 799 Central Avenue in Albany, New York, or schedule a test drive.

Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions. Our staff has the answers you need and want to help you get behind the wheel of a vehicle that’s perfect for you.