List of Hyundai and Kia vehicles in the B-segment (small cars).
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 the South Korean carmakers have been especially active lately.
Hyundai & Kia subcompact cars
- Kia Rio 5-door / Rio 4-door sedan
- Hyundai i20 5-door / i20 5-door Active
- Kia Soul / Soul EV
- Kia Venga MPV
- Hyundai ix20 MPV
- Kia Stonic
- Hyundai Kona / Kona EV
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 Kia Forte, 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.
Small Kia (& Hyundai) models in EU
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.
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 crossover
You don’t need to be a Kia fan to recognize this iconic model out on the road. The Soul was given a big makeover for the 2020 model year to keep it fresh in this highly competitive market.
Kia Soul EV electric car
The Soul also comes as an all-electric model. The new generation model delivers a 243-mile range, which is twice as much as the previous generation model.
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.
Kia Stonic small SUV
Hyundai Kona / Kona EV
The Kona SUV features a funky styling that you either love or hate. In our humble opinion, this is one of the most attractive Hyundai vehicles. It comes available with optionsl AWD. It also comes as an all-electric model with the best driving range among small electric vehicles.