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Comparison between Tucson and Lion Run (is Tucson or Lion Run better)

Both Korean giants have released striking new medium-sized SUVs to cope with the constant threats from Europe, Japan and now China. Which of these two suits you?

What we like.

Both look great.

Kia's after-sales package

Cabin technology

Not that much

Both of them use a strong lane keeping system.

There is no hybrid or electric vehicle version.

Both have cunning powershift.

I am surprised that the two Korean giants in the Australian auto market are often neck and neck in the sales rankings: Hyundai and Kia are essentially the same company. Hyundai and Kia are essentially competing on the same site. One has an advantage in one market segment and exchanges positions in other market segments.

One of the more common things I see from people in comments here and on other car websites is, "Remember when this publication hated Hyundai/Kia?" Of course I won't, because I have been a reader of wheels since I was a child, but please remember the fair criticism of early products. Lately, not so much. Basically, they caught fire and launched an impressive new product with clockwork regularity.

These two companies have been on our coast for more than 20 years now, and in 2021, they released their latest challengers in the medium-sized sport utility vehicle market, which is long overdue in this highly competitive field.

Both are bold and eye-catching original designs, hiding a common platform, a common engine and similar interiors. Internal competition seems to have provided the results that customers want.

The two Korean giants often confront each other head-on. What surprises me is how strange it is: Hyundai and Kia are essentially the same company in price and function.

We are in the lead in both areas. The latest version of KIA Sportage is only available to us in entry-level and high-end versions, so we have chosen the flagship version now. Entry-level models are rarely the best-selling models in this series, so we may return to medium-sized machines as soon as possible in future comparisons.

The starting price of Sportage GT-Line is $49,370, and Kia usually offers a drive-in discount to attract you, in this case, $51,990. The price is definitely higher than the previous model.

Modern Tucson N-Line starts at $51,000, plus the road version, so there is a clear gap in pricing.

For cars over half a ton, Kia provides you with Sportage equipped with 19-inch alloy, eight-speaker stereo, dual-zone climate control, reversing camera, panoramic camera, keyless entry and start, adaptive cruise control, LED lighting, digital dashboard, electrically heated front seat, panoramic sunroof, electric tailgate, automatic wiper, wireless phone charging and full-size alloy spare parts.

Tucson's specifications are almost the same. Therefore, the difference is very small, just like Tucson's seat material has more fake suede as an insert instead of being deployed behind your shoulder. So close, compared with Kia's 12.3 inches, the 10.25-inch digital dashboards are slightly smaller, but they are not as big as you noticed.

Both of them share basically the same media system, a 12.3-inch screen and a new excellent infotainment version of the group.

They share basically the same media system, a 12.3-inch central screen and an excellent new version of the group's infotainment software. It includes various features and functions, including quiet mode, gentle gurgling sound and more detailed climate control settings than those provided by physical control. The system includes DAB+ digital radio, wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The security between them is also very close. So close to it is the same. You can get the usual airbag package and central airbag to help prevent the head from colliding in a side collision. Common ABS, stability and traction control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assistance, speed limit identification, tire pressure monitoring, blind spot monitoring, reverse cross warning, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking and forward and reverse collision warning.

Both Sportage and Tucson have obtained emergency exit warning, speed limit assistance and a very clever blind spot view monitor, which replaces the left or right dial in the dashboard with an image of what is happening on the side of the car, corresponding to which indicator has been activated. It is very clever and useful.

The Kia simply won here because it was cheaper to pass a convenient two or three thousand yuan.

Comfort and space

As you would expect, the two are neck and neck in indoor space, but the design is quite different. Sportage's cabin is more restrained and elegant, while Tucson's cabin is very forward-looking and more adventurous.

Kia's front seats are very comfortable and are quilted with artificial leather. There are some very good materials, and the shape of the passenger side vent vaguely echoes the boomerang LED on the car nose. A thin red color reminds you that you are in GT-Line. The center console is made of smooth piano black. I'm not entirely sure it won't be marked badly. The cup holder is smart, with a small button that can pop up a semicircular constraint to fix the cup. If you store other items there, you can push them back.

It is frustrating that there are many granular and rough plastics in important places. The door card, the lower dashboard and part of the console all have it, which is a bit scary. Fortunately, it was lifted by a pretty fake wooden strip, starting from the door and passing through the dashboard.

Modern cars treat the interior in a completely different way. Despite the N-Line bag, the steering wheel is still a sly four-spoke design, and the center console is a large piano black with buttons covered on it. It doesn't look as good as Kia's center. Between the seats, the console also has two cup holders, but they are more cramped than Sportage's.

Hyundai Motor uses a row of gearbox selector buttons corresponding to Kia's rotating dial. Compared with KIA's design, it is less coherent, but it is very easy to use. Rough plastic is also reduced, and there is a very attractive fabric strip on the dashboard, which reminds us of VF Commodore's. In modern times, there is a storage space between the seats under the console, which is very convenient.

Hyundai Motor uses a row of gearbox selector buttons corresponding to Kia's rotating dial. Compared with KIA's design, it is less coherent, but it is very easy to use.

Both of them have two USB ports, but there is a key difference. Kia has a USB-A and USB-C port in the front and a 12-volt socket next to it, while the rear port is a USB-C port built into the side of the front seat. What looks like a tablet stand on the seat back is actually a hook for a coat or bag, so it's a bit disappointing before you realize how useful they are. Modern cars have two USB-A ports under the vents at the back of the console. This seems to make people uneasy, so people imagine that one of each type will solve hatred.

With the sunroof sliding backwards, both of them are bright and airy cabins, and my slight doubt about the overall consistency of modern cars has not changed the fact that both brands provide impressive cabin experiences. Kia has won an overwhelming victory here. The overall look and feel are better, the controls are easier to use, and subjectively speaking, the cute curves set by dual screens make people feel incredibly expensive.

On the way

The engine compartment is basically the same place. Here, you will find that all models of the two series are equipped with the same 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder engine. It is not the most inspiring or exquisite engine, but it is not the worst. Since Tucson and Lion Run have two other engines to choose from, it will be very worthwhile to drive them back to back before making a decision.

In both cars, you can get 132kW of power at 5500rpm, which is a bit high for modern turbocharged engines, but that's it. The torque is 265Nm and can be used between 1500 and 4500rpm. Therefore, it is a very flexible engine, which can be matched with the less excellent seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Again, this is not a bad transmission, but it is not the best, such as Volkswagen.

Before we go into the details, it is worth mentioning that Tucson's N-Line backpack does not help performance. It is purely modeling, unlike i30 N-Line. It should not be confused with the hard-edge motion of i30 N and Kona N. The specification is Highlander with $1000 wheel hub and spare parts package, and it can be used in the whole range.

As you might expect, almost the same combination of engine and gearbox provides the same experience in most cases. As I have said, the seven-speed transmission may be better, and the eight-speed transmission of the enterprise group is not provided in these flagship products, which is a bit confusing. It is suitable for the engine compartment of i30, so it is also suitable here. Maybe the 1.6-liter engine won't work very well.

The dial turns back to the Sportage in the chassis. Although modern cars are undoubtedly sharper, you really have to sacrifice the ultimate ride quality.

Under normal circumstances, it is happy to do as required, but Kia is obviously lagging behind in the normal mode, and the more you ask, the more hesitant it is. This may be something that car owners will learn to accept, but when jumping between two cars on the same day, you will find that modern calibration looks better. More responsive and eager to please. Modern cars have advantages in this respect.

The dial turns back to the Sportage in the chassis. Although modern cars are undoubtedly sharper, you really have to sacrifice the ultimate ride quality. When I wrote these, I had to laugh, because to be honest, they were all fine. It's just that Kia is more stable in more cases. It's more comfortable in the city-and you really can only do it back to back-on the open road, Kia can handle the ups and downs and flowing corners well. It's the same as modern times, except that Kia is a little better and feels good enough to attract attention.

Both of them use the same over-propelled lane keeping assistance system, which is mostly good on fast and straight roads, but annoying on remote roads. You will soon know where to shut it all down.

However, KIA's steering feeling is more convincing than just the suspension. What impressed Kia's weak victory here was that the previous Lion Run, despite this, could never be so close to the previous Tucson.


Hyundai offers a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, while Kia offers a seven-year warranty. Both of them have an annoying 12-month /10,000-kilometer service interval, but they do have a pay-as-you-go service with a ceiling price and a prepaid plan.

Hyundai Motor's lifetime ceiling price service plan has been going on. The upper limit of the first five services was $319, the sixth jumped to $385, the seventh to $640, and then fell back to $ 300-450, and then fell back to $ 300-450. The total amount of seven services is $2,620, that is, the average cost of each service is $374.

If you dial back five services, it's quite simple-$319 per service. Not as cheap as RAV4, but few companies are as cheap as Toyota unless it is free. No one does this at this level except for promotional purposes.

Kia charges a higher fee for maintaining the same engine, which is $3,988 for seven years, or an average of $570 per year. Therefore, although KIA's warranty period is longer, the maintenance cost is higher.


This is a very close thing-the small gap in scores has not been designed. This is not only because they are almost identical in machinery, but also because both companies are working very hard to catch up with a wider range of opponents, which means that the two companies are also competing with each other.

They are hardly separated, so that they are attributed to such things as transmission calibration and cabin atmosphere.

Admittedly, because of powershift, I won't use any of them in turbogasoline. I either spend extra money on diesel or accept a smoother and slower 2.0-liter front wheel drive. Or I hope that the eight-speed dual clutch will replace the old dry clutch unit before using turbo gasoline, but in fact, I hope to see something more modern, such as a hybrid car that we don't have yet.

Either way, it is very close to Kia's technical victory, but it is really a draw. This will be attributed to subjective factors, such as styling, interior feeling and driving dynamics.

In other words, please choose-both of them deserve your attention.

Scoring KIA Sportage GT-LINE 1.6t: 8.5/10

Security, Value and Function: 8.5

Comfort and space: 8.5

Engine and gearbox: 7.5 driving

And maneuverability: 8.5

Technology: 9.0

Hyundai Tucson Highlander n-line 1.6t: 8/10

Security, Value and Function: 8.0

Comfort and space: 8.0

Engine and gearbox: 7.5

Ride and Control: 8.0

Technology: 9.0

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