The 2018 Hyundai Kona comes in two engine options. One is the 2.0-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine for SE and SEL trims. The other is the 1.6-liter turbo GDI DOHC four-cylinder engine for the Limited and Ultimate trims. The former offers 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque. The latter has 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The output of the auto is managed by its standard six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC or the optional seven-speed transmission with EcoShift dual clutch transmission. Then, the drivetrain is available in a front-wheel drive system and the optional all-wheel drive. Despite the -SUV crossover- classification of the auto, it still performs more like a sedan. Therefore, it is very quick and agile. There is a little lag in the automatic shifting process during its starting run, but it eventually catches up and stabilizes afterwards. Based on our test, the 2018 Kona can cover zero to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds. That's faster than the 2018 Honda HR-V, which is priced almost the same as the Kona. We noticed that the steering of the Kona is light at low speeds. However, operating it under the Sport mode makes handling feel heavy. Next, the ground clearance of the crossover is low, which is good in its stabilization but it can be a hassle against humps along the way.
Hyundai definitely didn’t hold back when it comes to tech in the 2018 Kona. The standard equipment found in the basic SE trim of the crossover include the 7-inch LCD touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay installed, LED DRL, Bluetooth, rear view monitor, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel (with audio, cruise and Bluetooth controls), tire pressure monitor, power windows, automatic headlights, keyless entry with alarm, USB port and AUX input. The SEL trim bumps it up with all the SE features plus blind-spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, proximity key, push button start/stop, heated front seats, HD radio, voice recognition, Sirius XM, and heated side mirrors. The Limited trim benefits from SEL elements and further enhances the tech of the SUV through its automatic temperature control and auto-dimming rearview mirror. The range-topping Ultimate trim carries all the SEL goodies. It also includes automatic wipers, Blue Link system, navigation system, wireless charging pad, Infinity audio system and 8-inch touchscreen. It should be noted that some of the tech in the Ultimate trim that are not available in the lower trim levels can be equipped in the SEL and Limited as optional features.
The 2018 Kona packs a lot of tech features that significantly help in keeping the driver comfortable and in optimizing his or her visibility on the road. Sensors and cameras definitely aid in averting accidents stemming from collision with other vehicles, other objects and pedestrians. We checked the safety ratings of the 2018 model of the Kona in the website of NHTSA. Unfortunately, there's no data available yet in relation to its frontal crash, side crash and rollover scores. The same can be said with NHTSA's counterparts. However, the agency has the ratings of the Kona's 2017 model, which is not that different than the 2018 unit.
The Hyundai Kona is a subcompact SUV crossover with four doors. The auto boasts a bold design, which is defined by its stylish edges, expressive angles, two-tone roof and well-sculpted body lines. Overall, the exterior of the vehicle has that dynamic combination of style and performance. The base SE trim of the Kona is fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels and automatic headlamps. The SEL trim, has all the elements found in the SE and it upgrades the wheels to 17 inches and adds roof side rails. An optional sunroof is offered in the SEL. The Limited trim takes off from the features of the SEL, then adds the sunroof, 18-inch wheels and LED taillights. The Ultimate trim has all the goodies found in the Limited.
The Kona can fit up to five adults, including the driver. The cabin has adjustable seats in front and 60/40 folding seats at the back. The quality of the leather upholstery and cushion is fine. In addition, the climate control of the vehicle does a good job. There's nothing much to be said in terms of the interior design's visual appeal, taking into consideration its price. On the downside, we found the thigh support of the Kona somewhat lacking. Moreover, the outside noise is not totally insulated. Though it is only at a tolerable level.
The 2018 Hyundai Kona has a cargo space of 19.2 cu-ft. Folding down the rear seats will maximize the space up to 45.8 cu-ft.