What is the Difference Between Kia and Hyundai?

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Since arriving in the U.S. market from Korea, a lot of people have wondered, what is the difference between Kia and Hyundai? Hendersonville drivers can find out more about these two interconnected — but different — companies with the help of Hyundai of Asheville!

Are Kia and Hyundai the Same Company?

No, Kia Motors and Hyundai Motor Group are separate motor companies, but they are related. Hyundai purchased a portion of financially-struggling Kia years ago so they could stay in business. Currently, Kia has a stake in some of Hyundai Motor Group’s subsidiaries. Despite the crossover, both companies continue to operate independently with their own distinct visions for their brands. Consider them cousins, not sibling companies.

Kia vs. Hyundai

Despite featuring some comparable models, both Kia and Hyundai boast their own lineup with different cars and priorities:

  • Model Types: Hyundai does not offer a minivan like the Kia Sedona, but Kia doesn’t sell a sporty hatchback like the Hyundai Veloster.
  • Pricing: This is priority for Hyundai — provide Black Mountain customers with both great value that doesn’t sacrifice quality. The Hyundai price range begins with the Hyundai Accent and tops out with the Ioniq Electric. Kia charges drivers more with their base Kia Rio and hits a high point with the K900.
  • Different Features: While there may be some overlaps, like Apple CarPlay® and Andriod Auto™ compatibility, both the Kia and Hyundai lineups have their own unique infotainment systems, such as Hyundai Blue Link Connected Car Telematics and Kia Optima UVO eServices.

Learn More About Hyundai at Hyundai of Asheville

Want to learn more about the Hyundai brand or our new vehicles? Hyundai of Asheville is here to help. Just contact us today for answers, or find out what keeps Hyundai drivers coming back to our Asheville dealership.

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