The 2018 Hyundai Kona is the first truly adventurous design of the brand since the Veloster. Under the body is a pretty competent car that will take sales away from the Mazda CX-3 and co. Well Named.
No matter what you think of the Kona’s exaggerated style, one can not deny that it catches the eye (even in the middle of a crowded motor show). This is not due to an excess of sheet metal to be clear, the Kona is downright small, even in the segment of compact SUVs. The Kona is over 11 inches shorter than the Hyundai Tucson SUV. It is also smaller than the Honda HR-V and the Mazda CX-3. Fortunately, Kona does not skimp on utility. Despite its size, the Kona still offers 19.2 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats foldable upright more than the CX-3.
Kona’s cabin is not revolutionary in design or layout, but it does not have to be. The controls seem simple and direct, and Hyundai does not skimp on the comfort or safety features available. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is standard, for example. A 7-inch touch screen is also standard, while the high-end infotainment system comes with a slightly larger 8-inch screen. The Kona also offers wireless phone charging, HD radio and 4G connectivity. Available safety features include automatic emergency braking, rear cross traffic warning, Lane Keeping Assist high beam assistance and driver warning.
The base unit strangely performs a hybrid Atkinson cycle, produces 110 kW of power and 180 Nm of torque (at 4500 rpm), and uses a fuel of 7.2 L / 100 km. This is good for the class, since the 1.2 turbo of the C-HR is 85 kW / 185 Nm, but lacks torque at low speed. The six-speed car is far more engaging than a dreaded CVT.
Kona arrives early in 2018 and prices should be revealed closer to the official date of sale.