2018 Kia Niro Vs. 2018 Ford EcoSport

2018 Kia Niro vs 2018 Ford Ecosport shown on split screen image with vs circle in between the red niro and blue ecosport

Like the compact crossover class before it, the subcompact crossover class has seemingly grown out of nowhere and immediately shaken up the automotive industry. Led by players like the Kia Soul, this class allows drivers to enjoy the safety and versatility of an SUV in an acrobatic city-ready smaller body. These vehicles focus on giving drivers a taller ride height and expansive rear cargo area without sacrificing fuel efficiency or maneuverability.

At only two years old, the Kia Niro is not even the youngest member of this rapidly-growing class. It is, however, one of the more unique. Giving drivers the capability and advantages of a subcompact crossover and a hybrid powertrain means that no vehicle comes close to matching its efficiency (or surprising electric-assisted torque). Going up the Kia Niro is Ford’s newest model and one of the classes youngest entries – the Ford EcoSport. Built in China and India, the Ford EcoSport lifts the proportions of the Fiesta hatchback. Let’s see how the two rookies stack up against one another.

2018 Kia Niro


2018 Ford EcoSport

139 horsepower Base model horsepower 123 horsepower
50 combined MPG Base model fuel economy 28 combined MPG
Dual-clutch with Sportmatic® Transmission 6-speed automatic
106.3 inches Wheelbase (longer = smoother ride) 99.2 inches
17.4 feet Turning radius 17.5 feet
195 lb-ft. @ 4,000 rpm Torque 125 lb-ft. @ 3,500 rpm
7-inch full-color touchscreen Standard infotainment system 4.2-inch LCD
101 cubic feet Passenger volume 91 cubic feet
54.5 cubic feet Maximum cargo volume 50 cubic feet
Yes U.S. News and World Report Top 5 Subcompact SUV? No – Not even in top 10
5 years / 60,000 miles Bumper-to-bumper limited warranty 3 years / 36,000 miles

Kia Niro Advantages Vs. Ford EcoSport

Like subcompact cars, subcompact crossovers fairly receive the criticism that they only provide the bare minimum experience (especially in their base model). As is evidenced by the luxurious list of features and capabilities present in the 2018 Kia Niro, Kia sees things differently. Rather than serving as an opportunity to deliver a glorified bike to its drivers, Kia sees the subcompact crossover as a way to connect with an energetic demographic that wants capability and tech without sacrificing urban capability and efficiency.

It's likely this attitude toward the crossover that has led Kia to gift the Niro with a dynamic hybrid powertrain that outputs more horsepower, more torque and gets nearly double the combined MPG of the 2018 Ford EcoSport. The dual-clutch transmission shifts like a dream, intelligently predicting the next gear and readying it on another shaft.

While the Niro enjoys a longer and more comfortable wheelbase, the shorter turning circle means you’ll get stuck less in the most crowded city streets.

Step inside both the 2018 Kia Niro and the 2018 Ford EcoSport and you’ll have no questions as to which is the superior people and cargo mover. With extra space for both, the Niro delights in its abilities to do massive things, despite its small size.

Finally, the infotainment experience in the 2018 Kia Niro is a significant step up, delivering a crisp and clear 7” touchscreen with UVO versus the 4.2” screen on the Ford EcoSport.

Comparing these two models, it’s apparent that not all subcompact crossovers are created equal. Not all dealerships are either. At Friendly Kia, we have the lowest prices in Tampa Bay. We’ve also got the largest inventory of new Kia models, meaning your chance of swinging by and finding the Kia vehicle that is perfect for your unique lifestyle and needs are the highest on our lot.

However, a huge inventory and lowest prices do not guarantee the best experience. For that reason, we like to focus heavily on customer satisfaction. Friendly Kia enjoys some of the highest ratings in West Central Florida from reputable sites like Dealer Rater and Yelp. This year, we were inducted into the Kia Presidents Club, joining only 29 other Kia dealerships across the United States in recognition for outstanding customer satisfaction.

Don’t just take our word for it, however. Come by and see why being Friendly makes all of the difference!

For more information on the 2018 Kia Niro or to schedule a test-drive, contact us today.