Hyundai Kona
Hyundai Kona
Hyundai Kona

2019 Hyundai Kona

Pros: Powerful turbocharged engine is available; spacious interior for a subcompact SUV; lengthy list of available features

Cons: Hard plastic prevalent in the interior; steering response is uneven

CG Says: The 2019 Hyundai Kona line gains an electric version for its second season. The new Kona Electric has a 201-horsepower electric motor and an estimated range of 258 miles. Forward collision warning and mitigation, lane-keep assist, and Driver Attention Warning are now standard on all models. The subcompact-crossover Kona slots below the Hyundai Tucson in both size and price and is one of the smallest vehicles in the class. Two gas powertrains are offered: SE and SEL models have 147-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, while Limited and Ultimate models get a 175-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder mated to a 7-speed automated-manual transmission. The turbo 1.6 is one of the most powerful engines in the class. All gas-powered Konas offer a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The Electric is front-wheel drive only. Available features include blind-spot alert, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, wireless cell-phone charging, and head-up instrument display. The Kona offers a comprehensive list of standard and available features—many that are unusual for the class. Despite the fact that the Kona is one of the smallest subcompact SUVs, it offers generous passenger and cargo room for its size, as well as pleasant driving manners. Although Hyundai is a latecomer to the segment, the Kona is one of the strongest entries and a must see for subcompact-SUV shoppers.

The Facts
Class Subcompact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Hyundai
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices SE: NA
AWD SE: NA
SEL: NA
AWD SEL: NA
Limited: NA
AWD Limited: NA
Ultimate: NA
AWD Ultimate: NA
Electric: NA

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder (SE, SEL)
Horsepower
147
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-33

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
175
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
26-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-32

Optional Engine
electric motor
Horsepower
201
Std. Transmission
single speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (MPGe)
132
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)
108

Hyundai Kona Electric
2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
0%
Side Crash - NA
0%
Rollover - NA
0%

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