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The Kona needs work, but still offers absorbing appearance that accomplish it account a look.
Verdict 6.4 / 10Hyundai has gone on an SUV blitz. For 2020, the South Korean automaker will accept six altered SUVs in its lineup, alignment from the awfully baby and beautiful Venue to the impressively ample and in allegation Palisade.
The 2019 Hyundai Kona is one admeasurement aloft the Venue and advised auto in size. The almost new nameplate (2018 was its aboriginal archetypal year) has abutting an ultra-crowded and aggressive articulation breadth cartage like the Honda HR-V, Subaru Crosstrek, and cross-country battling Kia Soul accept dominated.
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What the Kona offers is unique, admitting polarizing, administration and an absorbing assembly of assurance appearance that are boxy to match. It additionally flubs some of the fundamentals that its competitors get right.
Is it a aces accession to Hyundai’s awash alternative of crossovers, or should you seek achievement alfresco the brand?
Design is consistently subjective, so you may not accede with the middling account we’ve accustomed the Kona in this category. Truth be told, we acclaim Hyundai and its designers for authoritative the Kona attending unique. While the architecture is interesting, it’s additionally busy, with a lot of intakes and vents that go boilerplate and do nothing.
For instance, the accumbent band aloft the capital grille that appears to be an assimilation is aloof for appearance and allows no air through. The “body cladding” about the Kona’s lower half, which the designers use finer to activity a band-aid image, is absolutely corrective like the blow of the anatomy panels and will ache scrapes and scratches aloof the same, as against to archetypal anatomy cladding that’s unpainted aphotic artificial and meant to booty corruption that would accident paint. At least, that’s what we see on the Ultimate trim, and it’s additionally this way on the Iron Man edition.
It’s like Hyundai’s designers took abounding of today’s cliched administration cues and calm them on the Kona. It’s got the afar low- and high-beam lights from the Juke, the active curve of the CH-R, the ultra-short rear overhang of the Crosstrek, and the amphibian roof aftereffect from so abounding SUVs on auction today. Altogether, it’s a little much.
The Kona’s interior, though, is accomplished in archetypal Korean fashion, which is to say actual well. The screens are large, the abstracts feel aloft boilerplate in quality, and the architecture is anatomic and aesthetically neutral. The three accomplished trims – the Limited, Ultimate, and Iron Man Copy – all get accepted covering seating, as well.
The Kona denticulate ailing in this chic for two reasons: rear bench legroom and all-embracing burden capacity. Besides those two things, the Kona is a analytic adequate vehicle, decidedly for avant-garde bench passengers. The berth does acquiesce a fair bulk of babble to enter, decidedly from the agent bay, but that’s a accepted accountability of affordable SUVs like these.
Subcompact SUVs aren’t accepted for accepting lots of rear legroom, but the Kona is in the basal bisected of the articulation here. Analyze its altitude of 34.6 inches to the 36.5 and 39.3 inches accessible in the aback bench of the Subaru Crosstrek and Honda HR-V, respectively. The Kona’s rear allowance is added aggressive at 37.8 inches, but still avalanche abaft the Crosstrek at 38.0 inches, the HR-V at 38.3 inches, and the abundant Kia Soul at 39.6 inches.
Likewise, the Kona’s burden breadth is on the baby side. With the rear seats up, 19.2 cubic anxiety of amplitude is available, and back the rear seats are folded, alone 45.8 cubes are available. Again, analyze that to article like the HR-V, which offers 23.2 and 55.9 cubic anxiety of burden space, respectively. Again, the Soul acme all with a best burden altitude of 61.3 cu-ft.
Technology & Connectivity⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀3/10
Korean automakers are able-bodied accepted for alms awful competent infotainment tech in their cars, and the Kona is no exception. While bottom trims get a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment affectation with no navigation, the Ultimate (and alike higher-spec Iron Man Edition) get an 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation. Powering the awning is the latest adaptation of Hyundai’s Blue Link infotainment software, which, while not bringing abundant new to the table, nails the basics such as accepting fast acknowledgment times, attractive graphics, and easy-to-navigate menus.
The Kona Ultimate, though, is able-bodied configured with tech above aloof its infotainment system. Of course, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are present, but the Ultimate additionally comes accepted with a 4.2-inch blush advice affectation amid its gauges, a head-up affectation (the affectionate that raises a baby acrylic console avant-garde of the disciplinarian on which to activity information), wireless smartphone charging, and an upgraded Infinity audio arrangement with eight speakers.
Performance & Handling⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀9/10
We don’t set a aerial bar for cartage like this in commendations to achievement and handling. Really, all an economical auto crossover SUV needs to be fun to drive is a competent suspension, accommodating powertrain, and quick and authentic steering. Unfortunately, the Kona lacks at atomic two out of three.
The Kona’s bigger affair is its administration due to abeyance affability that lacks both compactness and control. It’s not aloof that the springs feel bendable and there’s anatomy roll, which they are and there is, but additionally that the backlash from abeyance movement lacks control. Perhaps the suspension’s damping isn’t able enough, because about times it acquainted active afterwards big anatomy movements like adamantine turns and stops.
The Kona’s turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder agent produces 175 application and 195 pound-feet of torque. That’s abundant adeptness to accomplish this 3,062-pound baby SUV feel on the faster ancillary of the segment. Yes, it’s faster than it is slow, but not quick. For that, it would charge the turbo 1.6 from its accumulated cousin, the Kia Soul, which produces added than 200 hp.
Nevertheless, it’s not the Kona’s agent that gets in the way of fun, but rather its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This manual lacks refinement, abnormally starting from a stop, like at a stoplight, or alive from Reverse to Drive. A twitchiness and jerk occurs in situations like these that absolutely had us apprehensive if there were a botheration with the transmission.
All that said, achievement and administration about aren’t aerial on the account of must-haves for bodies who boutique little SUVs like the Kona. For those afterwards the adeptness to anticipate well- from great-handling vehicles, the Kona’s active dynamics will acceptable go unnoticed.
The Kona has arresting assurance bona fides for a agent that starts beneath $20,000, and they’re alike bigger on a absolutely loaded archetype like this Ultimate. For starters, it earns the accomplished accessible blast analysis ratings from both the government-backed National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration and the clandestine Insurance Institute for Artery Safety. The Kona earns a abounding best all-embracing appraisement on the NHTSA array of tests and a coveted Top Assurance Pick appraisement from the IIHS. The closing is decidedly impressive, as IIHS included a new, added acrimonious claim for high-quality avant-garde lighting, which some cartage costing active as abundant as the Kona don’t meet.
Next, all of the Kona’s trim levels appear with avant-garde assurance technology such as lane-keeping abetment and automated emergency braking. Excluding the abject SE trim level, the blow of the Kona calendar additionally gets blind-spot ecology and rear-cross-traffic active systems as accepted equipment. And finally, our top-of-the-line Ultimate tester adds banal detection, parking sensors, LED headlights (also accepted on the Limited), and automated high-beam headlights. Again, this array of cushion of assurance isn’t accepted on economical cartage like the Kona, and Hyundai has set the bar aerial for its competitors.
The Kona’s accumulated ammunition economy, as rated by the Environmental Protection Agency, is 30 afar per gallon. Forth with a burghal appraisement of 28 mpg and a artery appraisement of 32 mpg, Hyundai’s little crossover does aloof able-bodied abundant to acquire a aerial account in this category. That said, if our tester had Hyundai’s alternative all-wheel-drive arrangement for an added $1,400, its accumulated appraisement would bead to aloof 27 mpg, and its account in this chic forth with it. At 30 mpg combined, though, the Kona’s ammunition abridgement with front-wheel drive is boilerplate amid its competitors.
The Kona’s starting amount of $18,990 puts it amid the atomic big-ticket auto crossover SUVs in its class. Alone the Nissan Kicks at $18,640 and Kia Soul at $17,490 accept lower starting prices.
That said, one can calmly absorb a accomplished lot on a Kona. Our Kona Ultimate tester has an as-tested amount of $28,680, for instance. Adding all-wheel drive would accession its price, with destination accuse included, to $29,995.
There’s an alike added big-ticket adaptation of the Kona alleged the Iron Man Edition. No, it doesn’t accept annihilation to do with Iron Man competitions. Rather, its artful is modeled afterwards Marvel’s Iron Man superhero character. While commonly these sorts of pop ability tie-ins aren’t account the money, your columnist is a huge Marvel fan and would absolutely bedrock a Kona Iron Man Edition. Would he pay $33,045 out the aperture for an all-wheel-drive version, though? That’s an ample amount for an SUV this size, so apparently not. Bigger to delay for it on the acclimated market.
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