Hyundai introduced the Kona in 2018 as a new entry point to its crossover lineup. This small utility is the basis for Hyundai's first long-range EV, the Kona Electric, covered in a separate buyer's guide entry.
What's New / Key Changes from Last Year
For 2020, the 2.0L Preferred model can no longer be ordered with a two-tone body treatment, 1.6L Trend loses its rain-sensing wipers, and 2.0L Luxury no longer includes rear parking sensors.
Hyundai offers the Kona in 2.0L Essential, 2.0L Preferred, 2.0L Luxury, 1.6T Trend, and 1.6T Ultimate. A 2.0L engine is the starting point, and a 1.6L turbo four-cylinder is the more potent engine choice. 2.0L cars can be had with either front- or AWD, and come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission. 1.6T models are standard with AWD and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
2.0L Essential trim uses 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, auto on/off headlights, heated/power-adjustable side mirrors, heated front seats, a six-way manual driver's seat, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo with 7.0-inch infotainment display, air conditioning, cruise control, tilt-and-telescopic steering, keyless entry with power locks, and power windows.
2.0L Preferred models add 17-inch wheels, fog lights, blind spot warning with lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter, a heated steering wheel, and passive keyless entry.
2.0L Luxury brings leather seating, an eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar, satellite radio, automatic climate control, a sunroof, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, and a driver attention warning.
1.6T Trend models lose the Luxury's leather upholstery, power driver's seat, sunroof, automatic climate control, adaptive cruise and collision avoidance system, but gain 18-inch wheels and a body kit.
Finally, 1.6T Ultimate trim adds back the 2.0L Luxury's niceties and gets LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, a head-up display, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, wireless smartphone charging, a 4.2-inch colour gauge cluster display, Bluelink, and an integrated garage door opener.
Hyundai's fuel consumption estimates for the Kona are 8.6/7.0 L/100 km (city/highway) with FWD, and 9.2/7.8 with AWD. 1.6T/AWD models are rated 9.0/8.0 L/100 km.