The 2018 Hyundai Kona

The new Hyundai Kona does not disappoint. Its stylish exterior leaves a great first impression, but the happiness doesn’t end there. The Kona follows through with a very nice interior, plenty of power and lots of great standard features. There is room for improvement on a couple of things. For example, the competition has it beat when it comes to cargo space. It is a very reasonably priced subcompact CUV, though, so you shouldn’t expect perfection. Here are the answers to questions you may have about the new Kona.


What trims are available for the Hyundai Kona?

There are four trim levels for the new Kona. They are the Kona SE, SEL, Limited and Ultimate.


Is there a hybrid Kona?

There is an all-electric Kona that will be available in the fall. It has the same great looks as the regular Kona. The only obvious difference is the absence of a front grille. Hyundai hasn’t released pricing information. Two powertrain options are available for the Kona EV. One has a maximum range of 194 miles, and the other will go up to 300 miles on a full charge.


Is the Hyundai Kona expensive?

The 2018 Kona is very reasonably priced. Starting MSRP on the base SE trim is $19,500. The SEL starts at $21,150. The Limited has a base price of $24,700, and the Ultimate starts out at $27,400. The Kona Limited offers the best bang for the buck.


Is the Kona an all-wheel-drive SUV?

All Kona trims are available with all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive. The AWD option costs $1,300 more.


Is the gas-powered Hyundai Kona fuel efficient?

FWD Konas equipped with the 2.0-L engine gets 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The more powerful engine gets 28 mpg in the city 32 mpg on the highway. That is better mileage than the Subaru Crosstrek but not quite as good as the Honda HR-V. When equipped with AWD, mileage figures drop to 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway or 26 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. 


Are there multiple engine options for the new Kona?

Hyundai offers two engines for the Kona. The base engine is an Inline 4-cylinder MPI Atkinson 2.0-L engine that makes 147 hp. The other engine option is a 1.6-L turbocharged Inline 4-cylinder GDI engine that makes 175 hp. The latter is the better option for this CUV. It comes standard in the Limited and Ultimate trims. The 2.0-L engine doesn’t have quite enough get-up-and-go for this CUV.


How many people can fit in the Hyundai Kona?

The Kona is a five-passenger compact CUV. There is plenty of room in the front, and the seats are quite comfortable. The back seats are also plenty roomy for children and adults of average size. Taller adults won’t want to ride in the back for very long, though. Two sets of LATCH connectors are located in the outer positions of the rear seats for car seats. Base trims have cloth upholstery. The Limited and Ultimate trims have leather upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable driver seat. The higher trims also have power lumbar support and heated front seats.


Does the Kona have lots of cargo space?

This is where the new Kona is lacking. It has just over 19 cubic feet of space with the back seats in place. If the seats are folded down, there are nearly 46 cubic feet of cargo space. The rear seat is split 60/40, though, making it more convenient to haul longer items with a back-seat passenger.


Does the Kona have a high-quality infotainment system with Android Auto?

Yes, it does. All trim levels come equipped with Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity. Steering-wheel-mounted controls are also standard on all trims. The SE, SEL and Limited trims come with a 7-inch touchscreen. HD Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio are standard on all but the base SE trim. A six-speaker stereo system is standard on all trims except the Ultimate. The Ultimate trim has an 8-inch touchscreen, an Infinity premium audio system with ClariFi Music Restoration Technology and eight speakers. It also comes with Heads-up Display, Blue Link Connected Car Care, and wireless charging.


Is the Kona equipped with the latest safety systems?

A rearview monitor with parking guidance, Vehicle Stability Management and Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control and Brake Assist are standard on all trims. All the trim levels except the SE come with Lane Change Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Assist and Driver Attention Warning systems are standard on the Ultimate trim and optional on the SEL trims.


Are there subcompact CUVs that are better than the Hyundai Kona?

There really aren’t, although a couple of other CUVs are well worth a test drive before you buy. The Mazda CX-3 should be on your shortlist. It costs between $20,110 and $26,415, gets about the same mileage as the Kona and has slightly less cargo space. The Honda HR-V is another good subcompact CUV that is worth a look. If you need more cargo space, you may prefer the HR-V. It’s in the same price range as the Kona and gets only slightly better mileage, but the HR-V has almost 59 cubic feet of total cargo space.

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