Hyundai’s Aggressively-Styled Kona Put To The Test By Consumer Reports

The subcompact SUV segment is getting more crowded by the day, but Hyundai believes that there’s room for one more, its very own Kona.

With an aggressive styling that should be appreciated by most consumers, two engine options, and four-wheel drive system as an option, the Kona will lock horns with the likes of the Nissan Juke, Mazda CX-3 and Ford EcoSport.

This is one of the smallest subcompact SUVs in the segment, and you can tell by checking out the rear bench, which is cramped even for average-sized adults, who will immediately notice the lack of head and knee room.

Plastic is the dominant material up front, but thanks to its minimalistic design, the Kona looks modern. It also gets a 7-inch touchscreen as standard, or an optional 8-inch system with navigation on higher trim levels, and some of its extra features, such as the power operated driver’s seat, head-up display, and heated steering wheel, are not very common in this niche.

Moreover, the Kona comes with a plethora of driver assistance systems as well, which has earned it extra points in ConsumerReports’ review, who will soon buy one for a long-term test.

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  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks a little weird from the front and back…

    • THAT DOESN’T LEAVE YOU WITH MUCH.

    • Chatman

      It looked so much better at the LA Auto Show… Hopefully they lose the wheels, and go back to the ones used at the LAAS.

      • Honda NSX-R

        Agreed, nice profile pic btw 😉

  • mccarluvr123

    That particular wheel design doesn’t fit the overall “rugged-yet-quirky” styling at all. It looks more like something meant for the Sonata.

  • rover10

    Clearly, this car demonstrates why buyers are moving away from small hatchbacks and saloons, as it delivers considerably more visual value than the former. ‘Bang for the buck’ is now the language of the motoring business. What is clever, are the unending visual surprise, especially at the frontend. This car will worry its competition.

  • kachuks

    This is essentially the new sedan. Actually, I think of it more as a hatchback with extra ground clearance. Just don’t tell that to consumers.

  • BP

    Needs more lights !!!! LOL

    • Six_Tymes

      Bahahahahaha!

  • CONSUMER INPUT? LOOKS LIKE PEOPLE POINTED OUT FEATURES THEY LIKED FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES AND THE DESIGNERS MASHED THEM ALL TOGETHER INTO ONE… WHATEVER.

  • Alter Ego

    I actually really like the skinny headlights and the grille. I wish they made the other headlights more elegant though. But look at that rear legroom! So tiny.

  • ediotsavant

    Firts thing I will do is body color the wheel flares and remove the lights at the bottom.

  • Six_Tymes

    the concept looked great, this thing is UGLY

  • Matthijs

    The CX-3 looks a lot better and isn’t roomy either..

  • Braddo

    After seeing many of these on the road now – i think the design is messy and not very modern. It has a very cheap dated appearance – especially the back. Too much plastic and not enough cohesion between front and back. Too many lights at the front too. Not a fan. Some reviews here too suggest the smaller engine is asthmatic – and not powerful enough. Hyundai need to try harder.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    They should stop copying Mazda

  • Finkployd

    It’d look great if they only kept the first row of headlights

  • Sébastien

    The Kia S-tonic is so much nicer

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