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The Hyundai Kona Ultimate AWD

Regardless of whether it's more freight space or the accessibility of all-wheel drive, the explanations behind purchasing a hybrid appear to be about common sense. Be that as it may, it very well may be as quite a bit of a passionate choice as a handy one. Purchasers need something more energizing than a customary vehicle or hatchback.

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 dealing with, for sure. That is surely not the situation with the 2019 Hyundai Kona.
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Hyundai swung for the wall with the Kona's outside styling, making a vehicle that resembles nothing else out and about. In any case, does the Kona have substance to coordinate its style? To discover, we snatched the key coxcomb to a range-beating 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 bunches of additional highlights, including a 8.0-inch touchscreen, head-up presentation, cowhide seats, and an all the more dominant motor.

Most vehicles have an entirely all around characterized face. The headlights are the "eyes," and the grille is the "mouth." With the Kona, Hyundai's fashioners subverted desires. The headlights are isolated into two components, and they don't work the manner in which you may think. The meager upper strips, which most intently look like customary headlights, are really the driving lights. The thick lower structures, which look increasingly like mist lights, are the real headlights. It's like the game plan on the Jeep Cherokee, but since Hyundai didn't need to stick to 70 years of styling convention, it could shape the remainder of the Kona to coordinate.

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

The inside is substantially more regular. The main unordinary configuration 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 pleasant spot to be, however. Controls are all around set, and the seats are agreeable. Outward perceivability is generally excellent also. Drivers expecting the ordering driving position of a conventional hybrid will be frustrated, be that as it may. 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 proper quality at a vehicle in this cost range. Fortunately, Hyundai didn't attempt to jazz things up with effectively smirched piano dark trim, rather going for finished plastic that seems 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 principle screen, alongside a head-up presentation. Standard on the Ultimate, it's the modest kind that undertakings onto a little plastic screen, as opposed to the windshield itself. Be that as it may, the showcase is anything but difficult to peruse, and doesn't obstruct the driver's outward vision.

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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 freight space that are more like a little hatchback than a customary hybrid. Among its focused set, the Kona offers decent generally speaking 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.

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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 fragment with regards to freight 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 freight territory immediately topped off during an end of the week shopping trip, and the flood must be set on an empty 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 truth, this is an issue normal to all vehicles in this section. It demonstrates that purchasing a small hybrid like the Kona is more about needing something more upscale than a conventional hatchback, not tied in with requiring additional utility.

Shockingly SPORTY

At any rate the Kona's petite extents make it pleasant to drive. It feels light-footed and excited, with responsive directing and tight suspension that works admirably of controlling body come in corners. The Kona wasn't intended to be a presentation vehicle, however it's still heaps of enjoyable to pilot down a twisty street, just as a decent partner when scything through urban traffic. Nonetheless, the solidness of the suspension makes for a truly awkward ride on anything other than splendidly smooth asphalt.

The Kona wasn't intended to be an exhibition vehicle, however it's still loads of amusing 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 grip 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 likewise sells a Kona Electric model, however it's just accessible in certain electric-vehicle well disposed areas 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 customary torque converter automatics or persistently factor transmissions (CVTs) for included refinement. In any case, the Hyundai double grasp gearbox's smart movements gave the Kona a lively vibe, even contrasted with carefree little hybrids like the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.

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All-wheel drive 1.6-liter turbo Konas like our test vehicle are evaluated at 27 mpg consolidated (26 mpg city, 29 mpg parkway) by the EPA. Over seven days of (honestly rich) driving on a blend of roadways, byways, and city boulevards, we were just ready to average 23.7 mpg as per the vehicle's outing PC.

Front-wheel drive Kona models with the 1.6-liter turbocharged motor get an EPA-appraised 30 mpg consolidated (28 mpg city, 32 mpg interstate). Models with the base normally suctioned 2.0-liter motor are evaluated at 30 mpg joined (27 mpg city, 33 mpg expressway) and 27 mpg consolidated (25 mpg city, 30 mpg roadway) 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, in spite of the fact that the element is a discretionary extra. The HR-V is sufficiently enjoyable to drive, yet absence of intensity and a stupid 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 considerably less inside space than the Hyundai.

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

True serenity

Hyundai offers a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain guarantee and five-year, 60,000-mile transferable constrained guarantee establish the absolute most liberal inclusion in the business. While the Kona is genuinely new (it went on special as a 2018 model), Hyundai has a decent in general 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 impact 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 passerby discovery highlight. Notwithstanding, versatile voyage control isn't accessible at any cost.

The Kona got the most noteworthy Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), however just with the discretionary frontal person on foot discovery 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 generally speaking wellbeing 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 person on foot recognition and programmed high bars. It additionally joins eminent highlights from the lower-level Limited model, including calfskin situates, a sunroof, and the 1.6-liter turbocharged motor/double grip transmission combo.

Would it be a good idea for you to GET ONE?

Truly. The Hyundai Kona's outgoing styling, fiery driving elements, and reasonable tech set it apart from other comparatively measured hybrids, and give avocation to picking the Kona over a less expensive little hatchback. Be that as it may, if traveler and load space are a need, a progressively customary hybrid like the Hyundai Tucson is a superior alternative.