Hurry into a Hyundai Kona

The Kona is a stylish, modern SUV introduced for 2018. It is a big part of Hyundai’s increased appeal, along with the ever-improving i30 (including the beastly i30 N) and several successful larger SUVs.

It is among the most extravagant designs that ever came from Hyundai. It is packed with modern features that attract young buyers and it follows the latest automotive trends. In the latest model it got more safety features as standard, that made the already appealing vehicle even better.

Design of the Hyundai Kona

The design of the Hyundai Kona is dominated by a large number of refined details. The large grille shape is shared with most of the lineup, while the slim, stylish headlights really add to the look. The front also hosts somewhat elevated fog lights and a lower bumper section that adds to the sporty look.

The side also holds a number of details, including a glimpse of the headlights and fog lights, conspicuous cladding around pronounced wheel arches, creases on the doors, lower trim line and a different colour roof. Add to this the sleek silhouette and the Kona is definitely a car people will notice.

Interior of the Hyundai Kona

The Kona has one of the most appealing interiors in its class. Designers managed to make it appealing and functional at the same time. The instrument cluster is easy to read and the 7” or 8” touchscreen is placed really high up. It includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard across the range. Aside from the touch controls, it also comes with a number of physical buttons and two knobs which we love. It makes controlling without looking a lot easier.

The central console has the gearbox shifter and several other controls for the driver. It also holds an armrest and two cup holders. The area that includes the steering wheel, touchscreen, climate controls and the gearbox stick is very compact which means that literally all the controls are easy within reach. However, the layout is so good that the small space is cleverly separated into intuitive sections. There is not much chance of getting confused while using one of the many functions in the Kona.

Higher trim levels bring more equipment and design perks, but even in the top trim that is packed with features, you never feel overwhelmed by controls and functions.

The trunk matches the class requirements and the seats split 60/40 and fold flat.

However, the biggest appeal of the Kona’s interior is how feature-packed it is. Top trim levels are amazing, but even the base model is well worth considering, which is not very common on the market today. You can find more information about that in our section about trim levels.

Engines and Drive of the Hyundai Kona

Engine options include a 2.0 l gas with 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic.

The second option is a 1.6 l turbocharged engine. As is common nowadays, the smaller engine is more powerful due to forced induction, so it produces 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, while ensuring superior fuel efficiency. It is paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and it comes standard on the top two trim levels.

FWD is standard on the two lowest trims, while AWD with active cornering control is an optional feature. The mid-range trim level, called Luxury, introduces AWD as standard and the top two trims keep it.

The 2.0 Kona is fast enough to push the compact body. It does not lack any power. However, it is the 1.6 turbo that gives the Kona a real punch. Getting to any speeds within the legal limits is easy, fast and smooth; overtaking is also easy and inspires confidence, and merging at motorway speeds is a breeze. Even though the 2.0 is definitely sufficient, the 1.6 turbo is obviously a better pick. Not only is it better than the 2.0, but it is also among the fastest in its class and by a great margin.

The gearboxes are also quite well made. The 6-speed gearbox is a traditional automatic with torque converter and it is very smooth. The 7-speed dual-clutch offers more instant and sharper changes, especially when you get going, as well as a bit of a sportier feel, so it is definitely a better pair for the 1.6 turbo.

Being aimed at younger drivers, the Kona is an agile vehicle which responds well to the driver’s input. It is among the best cars to drive in this segment and the two engines are more than enough to give it a good push. Most people immediately associate agility with sporty driving – and this is most often correct – but such responsiveness is also very important for safety as it gives confidence even to a novice driver.

We also like the steering weight. It is a bit on the heavy side, but this gives more precision and feel. It is by no means too heavy – you can turn it with one finger – but it does not bear that terrible vague feeling that most overly light steering setups suffer from. The Kona, both in FWD and AWD forms, is controlled in curves, having just a bit of body roll and great grip. It is one of the main reasons why it is so great to drive.

Trim Levels

The Kona comes in five trim levels, each of which can be further embellished with optional features.

The lineup starts with Essential which includes the 2.0 engine and 6-speed automatic. It comes standard with FWD, but AWD is also available. Other features include 16” alloy wheels, temporary spare tire, drive mode select, automatic headlights, projector beam headlights, black grille, heated, power-adjustable side mirrors in the body colour with integrated turn signals, LED DRLs, 6 airbags, 7” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity, 12V power outlet, 60/40 split rear seats, cruise control, two USB chargers, heated front seats, map lights with sunglass holders, power windows, rearview camera, remote keyless entry, roof rack side rails, tilt with telescoping steering wheel and a number of safety features including vehicle stability management, electronic stability control, traction control and ABS.

Many of these features are optional on many higher class cars with entry trims, but they come as standard in the Kona.

The Preferred includes all of the above and adds 17” alloys, fog lights, illuminated vanity mirrors, heated steering wheel covered in leather, proximity keyless entry with push-button ignition and more safety features that include blind spot collision warning and rear cross traffic alert. Optional features include AWD, multi-link rear suspension and two-tone exterior.

Another step up lands you the Luxury with AWD with active cornering control and multi link rear suspension as standard, rear window privacy glass, solar control glass, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat with 2-way lumbar support, SiriusXM, automatic climate control and defogging, Bluetooth with voice recognition, leather seats, luggage net and power sunroof.

The Trend is based on the Preferred and it adds the 1.6 turbo with 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, AWD with active cornering control and multi link rear suspension, torque vectoring, 18” wheels, black painted side sills, LED tail lights, rain sensors, silver painted rear skid plate, unique black and chrome grille and lamp bezels, rear window privacy glass, solar control glass and HUD. The two-tone body is optional.

The Ultimate builds on the Trend with LED headlights, sharkfin antenna, wireless charging, power sunroof, 4.2” TFT LCD screen in the instrument cluster, leather seats, luggage net, autodimming rearview mirror, HomeLink, BlueLink Connnected Car System, automatic climate control, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat with 2-way lumbar support, 8” touchscreen with navigation and free updates for five years, rear park assist, high beam assist, forward collision avoidance assist and pedestrian detection. Optional features for the Ultimate include black leather with red colour package or black leather with lime colour package.

An electric vehicle version of the Kona is coming in 2019. If you just can’t wait, come on down to our Calgary cardealership at 2307 Country Hills Blvd NE, or call us at (403) 984-9696. We’re happy to answer all your questions at Country Hills Hyundai and our experts are standing by to give you all the information you need for your next purchase. Why not skip to the best part, and book at test drive online today!

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