I think you will be fine. I went from a Jeep Patriot to the Kona in 2018 and the Kona has been a better winter vehicle. The only scenario where the Jeep might be better would be in deep snow as Jeeps have higher ground clearance and that can help. However, snow tires on the Kona will offset a lot of the ground clearance disadvantages.I went with 16” wheels and taller sidewalls. It makes the ride a little softer as you might expect but perfectly fine. The deep stuff hasn’t arrived yet but it’s on it’s way for sure. My previous vehicle was a Jeep GC so will be interesting to see how it holds up to that reference!!