The Hyundai Kona is a small SUV that is designed for those who seek fun, inexpensive and practical utility. The 2018 model year is the first year for the Kona in the United States.
If you’re looking for a simple but a decently enjoyable small crossover that isn’t a hassle, it’s the Hyundai Kona is a vehicle which should be in your list of choices. It’s actually pretty enjoyable to drive and, when the it’s a risky weather situation and all-wheel drive is available, it is an important benefit. Reliability should be on the higher end of the spectrum or even better which makes it a cost-effective option to travel in.
Trims and Pricing
Kona is available Kona in any of the four different trims: SE Limited Limited, Limited, and Ultimate. The standard and available features increase when you move through the range. The SE comes with a great array of features that include auto projector headlights, lighting for the daytime solar glass, cloth upholstery as well as a 60/40 split-folding reclined backseat, a dual-level cargo floor with a 7-inch touchscreen for infotainment, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto 1 USB port with a rearview camera, air conditioning as well as a rear window defroster. Bluetooth cruise control power windows, electric locks keys that are not required. If you opt for Kona SEL, you will get Kona SEL, the SUV is also equipped with heated mirrors on the sides as well as a blind spot collision alert, turn indicator on the mirrors on the sides and privacy glass on rear view, roof rails heated front seats as well as HD radio. SiriusXM satellite radio an outside temperature display and proximity key entry as well as a push button ignition. The Limited includes a few additional enhancements to the vehicle. For instance LED headlights come common and come with an assist feature for low beams. Front foglights are also available as well as LED taillights and a sunroof with power. The interior is equipped complete with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, an automatic climate control, as well as automatic dimming of the rear view mirror. With the top of the line Kona Ultimate, Hyundai really offers the latest and most advanced. The rearview mirror is equipped with the capability of a digital compass, ensuring that you’ll always know which direction you’re going. A 4.2-inch information display with color inside the gauge cluster will provide you with important information like live fuel economy information and safety alerts. Its Blue Link Connected Car, Connected Care and Guidance Packages provide plenty of comforts regardless of whether you’re inside or away from your vehicle. Wireless device charging as well as an up-to-date display makes driving the vehicle more enjoyable. Color touchscreen with 8″ lets users to manage the updated Infinity audio system that includes Clari-Fi technology as well as 8 speaker. High beam assist is available. The Kona is sold with an invoice from the factory that is about $20,000 for an SE model, and an MSRP of around $22,000. The trim level SEL increases the value by about $2,000 over the MSRP of the vehicle. If you choose the Limited MSRP, the MSRP is increased by another $3,000 and the Ultimate increases by another $3,000 to the previous amount. Remember that being an active member allows you the opportunity to visit your Certified Dealer and avoid the typical car buying hassles. Instead, you can get the best price upfront, with savings included.
Engine and Performance
SE or SEL variants utilize the 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine which offers the power of 147 horsepower and 130 lb.-ft. of torque available. It is coupled to an automatic transmission with six speeds and an option to select the gear manually. The EPA expects the 2.0-liter to return 27/33/30 mpg city/highway/combined with front-wheel drive, or 25/30/27 mpg with all wheels driven.
The other two models have the performance of a sports car, due of the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder inline engine with 175 horsepower and an impressive 195 lb.-ft. of torque. A seven-speed dual clutch gearbox operates with that engine. The engine’s power will be offset by the efficiency of its turbocharger. As a result, that fuel economy is marginally better when compared to the base engine. It is estimated by the EPA suggests 28/32/30mpg (FWD) as well as 26/29/27 MPg (AWD).
Kona EV models are powered by an electric motor that generates the equivalent of 201 horsepower and 290 pounds of torque. It is equipped with one-speed reduction gear transmission with sport, comfort as well as eco-modes. The trims also come with Regenerative brakes. The EPA estimates that the Kona Electric should get 132/108/120 MPGe.
Hyundai is pushing the Kona to an affluent market, and is placing style at the forefront. It’s possible to pick basic colors for the interior like all black or grey with gray highlights. However, the Limited as well as Ultimate models are able to add some exterior color to various parts of the interior. This can be a nice touch. The interior layout is fairly standard for a contemporary vehicle. There aren’t many physical controls in the vehicle, but the ones that are located in the middle stack the steering wheel, and in the center console are big, easy to find, and simple to operate. The infotainment system is average in terms of ease of use and responsiveness. The materials used are good in quality, however, you shouldn’t be thinking that this is a high-end vehicle . Cabin insulation is on a lighter side, which means you can be prepared for wind and road noises when you’re along the freeway. It’s hard to refer to Hyundai Kona as a spacious vehicle. Hyundai Kona as being a spacious car however, the same is true for competitors. Hyundai does a decent job at reducing interior space. The taller people will not fit in the rear seat and the front seats can still feel cramped. The cargo space isn’t big enough for more than small bags, unless they can fold down a portion or the back seat in its entirety.