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[YesAuto Model PK] Recently, Rena and Kia K2, the two small Korean cars that have made the most of the limelight, have not only occupied the forefront of the car home small car list for a long time, but also have achieved good sales since they went on the market. But I believe that what everyone cares about is not this, but how to make the right purchase choice from these two “brother” models from the same platform. Well, since this is the case, we will compare these two “brothers” today.

Appearance comparison: the main design theme is young and energetic

Since a few years ago, Hyundai and Kia, the two major Korean car manufacturers, spared no expense in hiring famous car designers Thomas Burkel and Peter Cyrill, these two traditional Korean car brands have begun to absorb European designs. Gene, you can see that all of their products in recent years are full of design, and it will give people a refreshing feeling. Rena and K2 are no exception.

One is condensed with the design concept of “fluid sculpture”, and the other is shown by a tiger-like publicity design. Obviously, the two are not general. It is certain that they have a common goal, which is to hit the small car market where fashion is the main focus and consolidate the brand's power in the small car level.

In terms of body size, since the two cars are from the same platform, their body sizes are also very similar. The size of Rena's vehicle is 4340×1700×1460 (mm), and the size of K2 is 4370×1700×1460 (mm), and the wheelbase is also 2570mm. It can be seen that the difference between the two cars is only the length of the body, and the length of the K2 is 30mm longer.

The rear of the two cars is mainly smooth and dynamic, and the line transition between the C-pillar and the tail box is natural. To be honest, I am very fortunate that both cars have a sedan version first, and then a hatchback version. Otherwise, it will be similar to some of their competitors, and the tail compartment will be like a forcibly stuffed up, ruining the smoothness of the whole car's styling.

Summary of appearance comparison:

Everyone has different aesthetic visions. As the saying goes, green radishes have their own advantages, and there is no absolute answer to who is better. If you really want to know which car's appearance is more popular with the public, then you may as well cast your own sacred vote and check the results of the comparison. I won't comment on it here.


Interior and workmanship comparison: the interior style is similar and the workmanship is consistent

The interior design of the two cars is simple, and they are mainly home furnishing style, and the color combination of upper and lower shades is also in line with the taste of the Chinese people. Of course, the interiors of these two cars also have a more dynamic all-black style to choose from. This all-black style is believed to be more popular with young consumers.

Due to cost constraints, their center consoles are made of rigid plastic materials. In order to have a sense of class and texture, their center console panels have been textured. Of course, this kind of treatment is more common in cars of the same class, which can be said to be unexpected.

The steering wheels of the two cars are similar in shape and feel almost the same. The leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel will only appear in the high-end models of the two cars. As for the dashboard, I think the performance of K2 will be much better, I believe no one will object. Rena's instrument panel is too monotonous, and it doesn't match the dynamic shape and stylish interior design.

Riding space: the two cars are not the same

Front row comparison conditions: the same experiencer (myself, 1.79 meters tall, moderately tall). When doing the front row experience, first adjust the seat to the lowest position (Rena is a low-profile model, and the seat has no height adjustment), and then adjust the seat to the most suitable position for driving.

Result: Rena's head has about 1 punch in the front row, while K2 has 2 fingers and more head space. Excluding the influence of the K2 sunroof, the front space of the two cars is basically the same.

Rear-seat comparison conditions: The front seats remain the same as before. The same experiencer (myself) sits in the rear seats of the two cars for the experience. The sitting posture is also the standard when you feel most comfortable.

Result: There is almost no room left in the head of the two cars, but it does not appear to be depressed; while the leg room is 1 punch room left in both cars. With the same vehicle height and the same wheelbase, it is not surprising that there is such a result, which also shows that the cabin layout of the two cars is the same.

Storage space: equally unmatched

In terms of storage space, let's first take a look at the glove box we often use. As you can see from the picture below, when the same items are placed in the glove boxes of the two cars, Rena's glove box should be significantly looser.

In terms of door storage space, the two cars performed equally. The front door panel is equipped with storage compartments for wallets, mobile phones and beverages, while the rear door panel is also without any storage compartments.

In terms of other storage compartments, the performance of the two is basically the same, which is quite satisfactory compared with cars of the same class. Although the styles of storage compartments are different, in fact their positions and storage capacities are quite close, in other words, the same item appears in different styles.

In terms of the storage space of the line compartment, the storage capacity of the two cars is similar, and the luggage compartment is flat enough. A 100L carton, the backpack I carry with me, and the two SLR camera bags of the editorial department can be easily put in. It can be said that it is definitely not a problem for a small family of 4 to travel with some luggage.

When it comes to luggage compartment space, the folding and tilting function of the rear seats must be mentioned. The rear seats of the hatchback version of the two cars can be folded down proportionally, there is no difference; while the sedan version is different, the rear seats of the high-end models of the K2 sedan model can be folded down proportionally, but the Swiss The Na Sedan does not have this function in all models. If you look at it as a whole, the humanization of the K2 luggage compartment space is slightly higher.


Foreword:

The number of models of these two cars is quite large, K2 has 12 models (4 hatchbacks + 8 sedan), and Rena has as many as 14 models (hatchback and sedan each 7), I will be Separate the two-box version and the three-box version of the model configuration, and compare models with the closest price, so that everyone can see more clearly.

Comparison of configuration of sedan: K2 is more cost-effective

Low-end models: The minimum price of K2 and Rena sedan are similar, and the price of Rena Hatchback 1.4 GL MT is 1,000 yuan higher. But from the configuration point of view, the K2 1.4 GL MT is more practical. Compared with the Rena 1.4 GL MT standard, it has an ISO FIX child seat interface, a central control lock in the car, and a full-size spare tire. The Rena 1.4 GL MT standard type only has more air conditioning/pollen filtration.

Mid-range models: The price of K2's mid-range version 1.4 TOP AT is 2000 yuan higher than that of Rena's mid-range version 1.4 GT AT fashion model. From the configuration point of view, it is a wise choice to spend 2000 yuan more. The reason is that the configuration of K2 1.4 TOP AT is much higher, it has relatively more ISO FIX child seat interface, seat height adjustment, CD player support MP3/WMA format, the number of speakers is 6-7, and the height of the headlight The adjustable, drum type rear brake is upgraded to a disc type. And Rena just added an air conditioning/pollen filter configuration.

The configuration difference between the other two models is even greater, but the prices are both 9.99 million yuan. As can be seen from the configuration table above, the K2 1.4 Premium ECO AT has a relatively richer configuration. It has more leather/faux leather seats, leather steering wheel, headlight height adjustable, and power assist type than the Rena 1.4 GLS AT luxury type. Change to electric power assist. And Rena's relatively more key configuration is the engine electronic anti-theft.

Top-fitting models: From the perspective of the price, the difference between the high-fitting models of the two cars is 3,000 yuan, and the price of the K2 top-fitting is relatively higher. Similarly, if you choose between these two models, then I think it is worth the extra 3,000 yuan. As can be seen from the above table, the K2 top-fitting model has the following key configurations: front head airbag (air curtain), rear head airbag (air curtain), and keyless start system. The several additional configurations above, the front head airbag (air curtain) alone is more than 3,000 yuan, which is why I think the 3,000 yuan is worth it.


Hatchback model configuration comparison: K2 hatchback is more cost-effective

Low-profile models: Like the sedan version, the low-profile models of the Rena hatchback are 1,000 yuan more expensive than the low-profile models of the K2 hatchback, and the differences in configuration are almost the same. I won’t go into details here, please refer to the table below for details:

Similarly, their second-low K2 hatchback 1.4GLS MT and Rena Hatchback 1.4 GS MT are also a difference of 1,000 yuan, and Rena is still more expensive. But from the configuration point of view, the K2 Hatchback 1.4GLS MT is also more practical. In addition to being cheaper at 1,000 yuan, it also has an ISO FIX child seat interface and adjustable headlight height, and the spare tire is also full-size. And Rena still only has relatively more air conditioning/pollen filtration.

Mid-range models: The price of the 1.4 GS AT mid-range version of Rena Hatchback is still 1,000 yuan higher than the price of the mid-range K2 hatchback, but in fact the configuration of the two is similar, and the difference in configuration is low. The models are basically the same.

High-end models: In contrast, the prices of the two high-end models are quite different. The top-end models of the Rena hatchback are relatively expensive by 7,000 yuan. From the configuration point of view, the two models have their own advantages. The K2 hatchback high-end model has more key configurations-a keyless start system; while the Rena Hatchback high-end model has more front side airbags, the power assist type is changed to electric power.

In addition, the tire size of the K2 hatchback top-mounted model has been directly upgraded from the basic 14-inch to 16-inch. It is not difficult to understand that the low- and mid-range models are equipped with full-size spare tires, while the top-fitting is the reason for the non-full-size spare tires.

Powertrain: The powertrains of the two cars are exactly the same

These two small cars from the same platform have the same powertrain and both use 1.4L G4FA and 1.6L G4FC engines. Among them, the maximum power of the 1.4L G4FA engine is 107 hp/6300 rpm and the maximum torque is 135 Nm/5000 rpm; while the maximum power of the 1.6L G4FC engine is 123 hp/6300 rpm and the maximum torque is 155 Nm/4200 rpm. . The book data of the two engines is good, at the upstream level of the same class of cars.

The two engines are matched with a 5-speed manual transmission and a 4-speed automatic transmission respectively, and the two cars are exactly the same. In terms of suspension, they all use a front MacPherson independent suspension and a rear torsion beam semi-independent suspension.

Configuration comparison summary:

It can be seen that the K2 is basically cheaper than Rena in the comparison of low- and medium-level models, but its configuration is higher. In terms of high-end models, although the price of the K2 is higher than that of Rena, the configuration of the K2 is also much higher. In general, the Kia K2 as a latecomer is indeed more cost-effective than Rena.

Full text summary:

Whoever looks better in appearance or interior is up to consumers' own preferences. In terms of cost performance, if only the two cars are compared, the Kia K2, which will be launched later, is undoubtedly higher. Of course, in addition to the time to market, this is actually related to Hyundai's market positioning compared to Kia Gao.

If you look at the domestic joint venture small car market, in fact, the two small cars from South Korea, Rena and K2, do have great advantages in terms of cost performance. This is also a customary practice for Korean cars. Otherwise, they, who have no advantage in brand awareness, will not be so popular in China.

Finally, I would like to share a gossip with you. In order to improve its competitive advantage, the revised Rena will soon be put on the market, and this time the revision is mainly for the configuration. As for more specific news, please continue to pay attention to the news reports of Autohome.

Thanks to the following dealers for providing vehicles:

Guangdong Guangyue Automobile Trading Co., Ltd.

Address: A2, West District, Sanying Auto City, Racecourse, No. 668, Huangpu Avenue West, Guangzhou
Tel: 020-22223888, 020-22223888 (pre-sale), 020-22223821 (after-sale)

Guangzhou Dongqi Automobile Co., Ltd.

Company Address: No. 488, Longxi Avenue, Fangcun, Liwan District, Guangzhou (Exit C, Longxi, Guangzhou-Foshan Metro)
Company Tel: 18607690078 (pre-sales)