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2024 Hyundai Kona

Starting from CAD $28,681

Vehicle Score 8.2/10
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Hyundai nailed it with the new redesigned Kona, delivering what consumers want and need. Compared to the previous generation, the redesigned Kona is better in almost every aspect. It has more tech, offers more space, and overall, it’s just a more enjoyable vehicle to live with.

There are a few trims available, offering two gasoline engine options and an electric option: the base 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, the 1.6L turbocharged engine, and the 150kW Electric motor. I tested the Kona with the 1.6L turbocharged engine, and it exceeded my expectations. It offers a refined drive, good fuel economy, and a spacious, comfortable interior.

Performance

The Hyundai Kona offers both gasoline and electric options to suit the preferences of shoppers. Gasoline choices include the base 2.0L 4-cylinder engine or the 1.6L turbocharged engine, available on the N Line AWD. In addition to the Gasoline engine, there’s an All-Electric model powered by a 150kW Electric motor.

I tested the 1.6L turbocharged engine, which makes 190 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. torque, and is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. This engine provides ample power for daily commuting and while not quick, it has plenty of passing power when overtaking other cars or merging onto the highway. The 8-speed automatic transmission adds to a refined driving experience with smooth and quick shifts. While the Kona’s handling isn’t exciting or something that stands out, its strength lies in being a dependable commuter vehicle, focusing on practicality and comfort.

Interior & Comfort

The Kona truly shines in providing a comfortable experience, especially evident in its spacious and well-put-together cabin. Its simple yet futuristic design adds to the appeal, with one major change, which is the new column-mounted shifter. While it may take a bit of adjustment, it adds to the cabin’s openness and creates additional space by not taking too much space in the center console.

Despite being a small SUV, Hyundai has done an excellent job of maximizing interior space and making the cabin spacious. It feels roomy and comfortable, offering ample space for both passengers and cargo. There’s plenty of headroom and legroom in both rows, accommodating even taller passengers comfortably. As for the seating, the leather and suede sports seats on the N Line trim are supportive and comfortable, but they may feel a bit snug due to their sporty design. As for the ride quality, it’s smooth and the suspension does a great job of absorbing bumps and imperfections on the road. Even at higher speeds, the cabin remains reasonably quiet. While some road and wind noise is expected in this segment, it’s not too intrusive in the Kona.

The climate control system in the Kona has physical buttons, making it easy to use. It effectively maintains a comfortable temperature inside the cabin. While heated seats are available as standard, the Kona can be equipped with ventilated front seats with the ultimate package.

Technology

The Kona offers a strong tech package. Inside the cabin, the large dual 12.3-inch displays stand out and dominate the dashboard. It’s great to see displays like this which were once exclusive to luxury vehicles like Mercedes, now available in compact SUVs like the Hyundai Kona. The first screen serves as a gauge cluster, offering decent customization and presenting everything in a clean and minimal format. The second screen serves as the infotainment system. The infotainment is responsive and quick, with a user-friendly interface that’s easy to get used to. While wireless CarPlay and Android Auto are available, they can sometimes be finicky and fail to connect.

Kona also does well on the safety front, thanks to Hyundai’s SmartSense. It includes radar cruise control, blind spot collision warning, blind view monitor, driver attention warning, forward collision avoidance assist, highway driving assist, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, and surround view monitor.

Cargo & Storage

The Kona offers plenty of room for cargo, with 723L of space with the second-row seats up and 1,803L with the seats folded down. This is enough for most shoppers, especially in the small SUV segment where space can be an issue.

Inside, the cabin is cleverly designed to maximize storage. The gear shifter is mounted on the steering column, which helps create more space in the front, and there’s plenty of room for smaller items in the cabin.

Fuel Economy

The Kona AWD N Line has a fuel efficiency rating of 9.7/8.3/9.1 L/100km (City/Hwy/Combined). In my testing, I averaged 8.9L/100km with a mix of city and highway driving.

If fuel efficiency is important to you, you can go for the base FWD Kona with the 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, rated at 8.1/6.8/7.5 L/100km (City/Hwy/Combined). Alternatively, you could also opt for the electric Kona, which has an impressive range of 420 km. The electric variant does come at a higher cost upfront, but if you drive frequently, the fuel savings might make it worthwhile.

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