2018 Hyundai Kona 1.6T
Hyundai's Kona is their first entry into the compact crossover market. They're a bit beyond the competition with releasing a vehicle so this week we take a look to see if its worth the wait.
Disclosure: Hyundai Canada & JS Auto provided me with the 2018 Hyundai Kona for a week to test drive, and photograph. All photos in this blog post was taken by me.
- 175 HP @ 5500 / 195 lb.-ft. @ 1500-4500
- 1.6L (1591cc) DOHC Inline 4-cylinder
- 7-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission
- 6.6 seconds 0-100 km/hr
- Great braking scores thanks to its wide tires!
- Does an excellent job of road handling and sticks to the road in the AWD version we have that comes with an independent rear suspension.
- The trade off for having such good handling is of course, a much stiffer suspension. When you go off road it can feel rather bumpy
- 26/29/27 - City/Highway/Combined
- For a vehicle that is one of the fastest in the segment, the fuel economy scores are impressive!
CABIN NOISE: 7/10
- Average amount of cabin sound for a CUV under $30,000. The noise might be reduced in lower trims that have smaller wheel bases.
- In such a popular market, the Kona is designed in a way that stands out. I ended up liking how it looked as time went out but this is all up to personal taste.
- Blind-Spot Detection
- Lane Change Assist
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Parking Distance Warning - Reverse
- Lane Keeping Assist System
- 4 km/h bumpers
- Driver Attention Assist
- High Beam Assist
- Body side reinforcements
Electronic stability control (ESC) w/ traction control system (TCS)
Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Brake assist and Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
Vehicle stability management (VSM)
Front crumple zone
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) w/ Pedestrian Detection
Steering wheel locks when key is removed
Electronic Shift Lock System and Ignition Key Interlock
Anti-theft system integrated with remote keyless entry and panic alarm
INTERIOR FOR DRIVER: 8/10
- Very comfortable leather seats with a good amount adjustments for a vehicle in this segment
- Ergonomically the button placements are logical and intuitive to get use to
- Most vehicles in the sub compact crossover market use a ton of cheap materials but the Kona feels pretty good!
- The interior has a lot of hard plastics which is normal in this class. I think this is fine in the base trim but the highest end trim is $10,000 more but the materials don't improve much.
INTERIOR FOR PASSENGERS: 7/10
- Rear seats offer one of the lowest leg and head room in the segment.
- Overall size of the rear seats are more fitted for children rather than taller adults.
INTERIOR STORAGE: 7.5/10
- Storage room is average for vehicles in this segment
INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM: 8.5/10
- Hyundai's infotainment system is one of the easiest to use although it may not look super modern with its graphics.
- Supports Apple Car Play and Android Auto
OVERALL IMPRESSION OF THE 2018 HYUNDAI Kona:
Hyundai is a bit late to the compact SUV market but they've definitely done their homework and studied what's worked and hasn't for the other brands. The interior feels nice for a sub compact SUV in this class and the 1.6L Turbo engine beats out the 0-100 times in it's competition.
It is both fun to drive, excellent handling, and very functional as a utility vehicle. Unlike some competitors which were really fun to drive but not practical as a utility car like the CX3, or a very functional vehicle but boring to drive like the HRV. The vehicle stands out on the road.
Personally, I think Hyundai’s Kona is a really successful compact that checks a lot of boxes. Props to Hyundai on making me put the Kona at the top of the list in its segment. I would get the AWD 1.6L Turbo which comes with independent rear suspensions. This is at the top of my list for subcompact crossovers under $30,000. I do think the Kona is going be a winner.