Quirky Looks Aside, The New Hyundai Kona Is Actually A Great Package

The Hyundai Kona may have polarising looks but it sounds like it has a lot going for it at the subcompact SUV segment.

Base models in the US market use a 147hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit with a six-speed automatic transmission but if you want more power, Hyundai gives you the option of a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine with 175hp paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Go for the all-wheel drive version -which gets a multilink rear suspension- and the new Hyundai Kona sounds like a fun crossover to drive around, proving that the company’s new platform is a major step towards the right direction.

Unlike the busy exterior, the interior looks modern and features all the bells and whistles customers have learned to expect from a car of this class. The eight-inch infotainment system may not please everyone with its tablet-like mounting but it’s ergonomically placed and comes with Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

And while you don’t expect a sub-compact SUV to offer plenty of interior room, the Hyundai Kona will actually fit four adults comfortably, keeping them happy even on longer distances as Edmunds reports on their latest video review.

Hyundai is currently launching the new Kona across the country, with prices starting from $19,500 for the entry-level 2.0-liter models.



  • Dennis James

    It actually looks great, but the interior materials are much less than satisfactory .

  • brn

    Can we call it a hatchback already?

  • john1168

    A little too much black cladding on the side for me but I like the front a lot. It’s different. Jeep did something similar recently but have since changed to a more conventional looking front which was really too bad.

  • supermanuel

    I like the car but I found the review unwatchable. I managed 3.58 before I couldn’t take anymore.

  • Robert Murphy

    What is the octane requirement for the turbo vs the regular aspirated engine?

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