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Hyundai & Kia Small Car, SUV Models In 2017
One thing that Kia and Hyundai have done really well over the last decade or so is to ensure that they have a vehicle in just about every major vehicle segment.
From sub-compacts to SUV’s, Kia and Hyundai had their customers covered.
There is stiff competition to be found in each of those segments, but perhaps none as stiff as what is found in the B-segment category, which is where Kia and Hyundai have been especially active lately.
B-segment is really crowded
The A-segment consists of small city cars such as the Kia Picanto and Fiat 500, while the C-segment is filled with larger sedans, such as the Hyundai Elantra and Chevy Cruze.
The B-segment vehicles sit right in the middle of those groups, and are very popular in Europe, which is where both automakers are trying to build their brand.
When you look at the number of models that Kia and sister company Hyundai have in the B-segment, you can see that it is crowded by those two alone, and that is not even taking into account the models that the competition has in there.
We thought it would be a good idea to give you guys a bit of a breakdown of all the Korean models currently available in the B-segment (European market only!).
List of small Kia (& Hyundai) models
Kia Rio small hatchback & sedan
The Rio, which has just undergone a full redesign, is now in its 4th generation. Older versions came as a 3- or 5-door hatch model, but the new release is currently only available as a 5-door, with a 4-door version coming soon.
Hyundai i20 small hatchback
This model has only been available in Europe for about 3 years. Built in Turkey, the i20 is available in 5-door or 3-door coupe variants. The 3-door model definitely has a sportier style, that’ why it has been used as a base for the very sporty i20 WRC rally car.
Hyundai i20 Active
The third and final member of the i20 family, the i20 Active is a 5-door model that is more rugged looking, and which comes with more ground clearance. One thing you won’t get, though, is AWD.
Kia Soul small crossover
You don’t need to be a Kia fan to recognize this iconic model out on the road. The Soul was given a midcycle facelift for the 2017 model year to keep it fresh in this highly competitive market.
Kia Soul EV small electric car
The Soul also comes as an all-electric model, and while sales are modest in Europe, they are still 3 to 4 times greater than in the US.
Kia Venga small MVP
This small MVP is a model that is sold in Europe only, and is manufactured in Kia’s production plant in Slovakia. The Venga is a 5-seater that comes with a ton of cargo space inside. This model has been on the market for 5 years, but it’s tough to say whether it will be around much longer. In Europe, small minivans are losing ground to small SUV models, so we would not be surprised to see this one phased out when Kia introduces the new Stonic small SUV.
Hyundai ix20 small minivan
Much like the Venga, this is a smaller MVP from Hyundai. It uses the same powertrain technology as the Venga, but looks different inside and out. It may also be discontinued when Hyundai’s new small SUV hits the market.
Future small models from Kia & Hyundai
Kia Stonic small SUV
This is an upcoming model from Kia that was recently spied being put through its paces in snowy conditions. Rumor has it that the new model will be called the Stonic, but other than that, little else is known. We expect that this one will be unveiled in Frankfurt later on this year.
Hyundai small SUV (Intrado?)
This is another one that we know very little about other than that it is currently still being developed at the Hyundai R&D Center in Germany. There is no official word on the name, but there is a chance that it could be given the same name as the Intrado concept model shown off in Germany about 3 years ago.