model. 2019 Hyundai Kona Ultimate AWD
price. $20,970 SE (incl dest)
as tested. $30,005 Ultimate (incl dest)
seating/style. 5-passenger/4-door SUV
powertrain. 2.0-liter or 1.6-liter turbo 4-cylinder
transmission. 6 or 7-speed
driveline. FWD or AWD (tested)
fuel economy. 26/29/27
also shop: Kia Soul, Honda HR-V
The Hyundai Kona is an appealing little guy and drives as fun and modern as it looks. Labeling the Kona an SUV is bit of a stretch, but whatever you call it, it’s a good, solid vehicle.
The Kona’s fairly low to the ground, providing easy ingress and egress and adding to its appeal. This lower stance coupled with a wide base (and available AWD) stabilizes the handling of the Kona, so zipping around town feels secure and planted. Visibility is the downside of that lower stance and the Kona feels more like driving in a car on the highway than an SUV.
Inside, the Kona is trendy and sporty versus premium and luxury. But the available sleek perforated leather and judicious use of buttons, switches, and chrome make for an appealing cabin.
The intuitive infotainment system communicates through an 8-inch touchscreen. The Kona Ultimate adds a head’s up display and smart cruise control. All but the base model comes with a host of advanced safety features.
Overall, the Kona is a good, solid car – er, crossover. With good utility, available AWD and fun styling, there’s a lot to like.