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The Kona Hyundai Ultimate AWD review

Regardless of whether it's more load space or the accessibility of all-wheel drive, the purposes behind purchasing a hybrid appear to be about reasonableness. Be that as it may, it very well may be as quite a bit of an enthusiastic choice as a viable one. Purchasers need something more energizing than a customary vehicle or hatchback.
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Numerous hybrids neglect to convey on that guarantee. They can be similarly as exhausting as the vehicles they currently conveniently beat, with more regrettable gas mileage and taking care of, for sure. That is surely not the situation with the 2019 Hyundai Kona.

Hyundai swung for the wall with the Kona's outside styling, making a vehicle that resembles nothing else out and about. Yet, does the Kona have substance to coordinate its style? To discover, we snatched the key dandy to a range-besting Ultimate AWD model. With an as-tried cost of $30,005 (counting goal) our Kona was a major advance up from the base front-wheel drive Kona SE, which begins at $20,970. Yet, the Ultimate model gets heaps of additional highlights, including a 8.0-inch touchscreen, head-up showcase, calfskin seats, and an all the more dominant motor.


Most autos have a really very much characterized face. The headlights are the "eyes," and the grille is the "mouth." With the Kona, Hyundai's originators subverted desires. The headlights are isolated into two components, and they don't work the manner in which you may think. The slender upper strips, which most intently look like conventional headlights, are really the driving lights. The stout lower structures, which look progressively like haze lights, are the real headlights. It's like the game plan on the Jeep Cherokee, but since Hyundai didn't need to hold fast to 70 years of styling custom, it could shape the remainder of the Kona to coordinate.

The Kona obscures the line among hybrid and hatchback. The long hood and protective cap molded rooftop give the Kona a smooth, vehicle like outline while the dim plastic body cladding and lifted ride stature include a portion of toughness. A structure like this will dependably involve taste, yet Hyundai merits credit for having a go at something else.

The inside is considerably more customary. The main strange structure contacts in our test vehicle were differentiation sewing and some trim pieces in a similar Lime Twist shading as the outside. The inside is as yet a decent spot to be, however. Controls are very much set, and the seats are agreeable. Outward perceivability is excellent also. Drivers expecting the directing driving position of a conventional hybrid will be baffled, notwithstanding. On the roadway, semi trucks feel similarly as scary as they would in any little hatchback.

The Kona obscures the line among hybrid and hatchback, and its styling mirrors that.

Materials aren't extravagant, however they're of fitting quality at a vehicle in this cost range. Fortunately, Hyundai didn't attempt to jazz things up with effectively smeared piano dark trim, rather going for finished plastic that appears as though it will stand up well to mishandle.

Our test vehicle had the discretionary 8.0-inch touchscreen show (lower-level models get littler screens). The screen was anything but difficult to reach on its roost on the dashboard, and the menus were reasonably spread out, in spite of the fact that it was once in a while somewhat moderate to boot up when beginning the vehicle. A little LCD screen in the simple instrument bunch supplements the fundamental screen, alongside a head-up showcase. Standard on the Ultimate, it's the shoddy kind that tasks onto a little plastic screen, as opposed to the windshield itself. Yet, the showcase is anything but difficult to peruse, and doesn't obstruct the driver's outward vision.

The Kona comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto similarity, with remote telephone charging accessible as an alternative. The strategically placed remote charging cushion was just about the main safe spot to put a telephone, as they transformed into shots when left anyplace else.


Like most different vehicles in this classification, the Kona offers traveler and payload space that are more like a little hatchback than a customary hybrid. Among its aggressive set, the Kona offers decent by and large traveler volume, in spite of the fact that the Honda HR-V offers more. Headroom and back legroom are likewise somewhat tight contrasted with numerous contenders.

At 19.2 cubic feet with the back seats, and 45.8 cubic feet with the back seats collapsed, the Kona is about mid-pack in this section with regards to load space. The Ford EcoSport, Nissan Kicks, and Honda HR-V all offer more. The Honda has the special reward of a crease level back seat.

With its back seats up, the Kona's load zone immediately topped off during an end of the week shopping trip, and the flood must be put on an abandoned traveler situate. It's difficult to envision, say, taking an excursion in the Kona and discovering enough space for four individuals and their stuff. In all actuality, this is an issue normal to all vehicles in this portion. It demonstrates that purchasing a modest hybrid like the Kona is more about needing something more classy than a conventional hatchback, not tied in with requiring additional utility.

Shockingly SPORTY

At any rate the Kona's petite extents make it decent to drive. It feels lithe and enthusiastic, with responsive guiding and rigid suspension that works superbly of controlling body come in corners. The Kona wasn't intended to be a presentation vehicle, yet it's still bunches of amusing to pilot down a twisty street, just as a decent partner when scything through urban traffic. Be that as it may, the firmness of the suspension makes for an entirely awkward ride on anything other than impeccably smooth asphalt.

The Kona wasn't intended to be an exhibition vehicle, yet it's still heaps of enjoyable to pilot down a twisty street.

A major piece of our test vehicle's appeal was the discretionary 1.6-liter turbocharged four-chamber motor. The four-banger produces 175 drive and 195 pound-feet of torque, and is coupled to a seven-speed double grasp transmission. Lower-level Kona models get a 2.0-liter normally suctioned four-chamber motor making 147 hp and 132 lb-ft, with a six-speed programmed transmission. Hyundai additionally sells a Kona Electric model, however it's just accessible in certain electric-vehicle well disposed locales of the nation right now.

The turbocharged motor offers all that could possibly be needed power for a vehicle of this size, and that power goes ahead rapidly without a trace of turbo slack. In any case, it's the double grasp transmission that truly separates the Kona. Most contenders utilize traditional torque converter automatics or constantly factor transmissions (CVTs) for included refinement. In any case, the Hyundai double grip gearbox's smart movements gave the Kona an energetic vibe, even contrasted with carefree little hybrids like the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.

All-wheel drive 1.6-liter turbo Konas like our test vehicle are appraised at 27 mpg joined (26 mpg city, 29 mpg parkway) by the EPA. Over seven days of (in fact abundant) driving on a blend of interstates, byways, and city roads, we were just ready to average 23.7 mpg as per the vehicle's trek PC.

Front-wheel drive Kona models with the 1.6-liter turbocharged motor get an EPA-appraised 30 mpg joined (28 mpg city, 32 mpg interstate). Models with the base normally suctioned 2.0-liter motor are appraised at 30 mpg joined (27 mpg city, 33 mpg parkway) and 27 mpg consolidated (25 mpg city, 30 mpg thruway) with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, separately.


The Hyundai Kona has various adversaries, yet we've limited it down to the main three.

Honda HR-V (base cost: $21,515): The Honda offers more traveler and load space than the Hyundai, and increasingly standard driver helps. In contrast to the Kona, the HR-V can be had with versatile voyage control, despite the fact that the component is a discretionary extra. The HR-V is tolerably amusing to drive, however absence of intensity and an inept CVT keep it down.

Mazda CX-3 (base cost: $21,435): The CX-3 has the moves to coordinate the Kona on a twisty street, however the Hyundai's discretionary turbocharged motor has significantly more power. Mazda's revolving infotainment controller is natural, yet the CX-3 offers generously less inside space than the Hyundai.

Nissan Kicks (base cost: $19,585): The Kicks offers more inside space than the Kona, however it's missing one significant component: all-wheel drive. Nissan made the Kicks front-wheel drive just to bring down the expense, yet all-wheel drive is one of the fundamental explanations behind purchasing a hybrid. The Kicks isn't as energizing to drive as the Kona, yet it has a progressively agreeable ride. Styling is significantly more traditionalist, however that might be an or more for certain purchasers.

Genuine feelings of serenity

Hyundai offers a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain guarantee and five-year, 60,000-mile transferable constrained guarantee comprise the absolute most liberal inclusion in the business. While the Kona is genuinely new (it went marked down as a 2018 model), Hyundai has a decent by and large notoriety for unwavering quality, and the Korean brand scored well in the latest J.D. Power Initial Quality Study.

The Kona comes standard with forward crash shirking, path keep help, and a driver consideration screen. Vulnerable side observing and back cross traffic alarm are standard on everything except the base SE trim level, while the Ultimate trim level gets a person on foot recognition include. Be that as it may, versatile journey control isn't accessible at any cost.

The Kona got the most elevated Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), however just with the discretionary frontal person on foot recognition framework and LED headlights (the two highlights are standard on Ultimate models like our test vehicle). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Kona a five-star by and large security rating.

For this situation, the name Ultimate is fitting. On the off chance that you need the majority of the tech the Kona brings to the table, you need the top trim level. The Ultimate gets the 8.0-inch touchscreen, remote telephone charging, and heads-up showcase, just as walker recognition and programmed high pillars. It additionally fuses remarkable highlights from the lower