The Hyundai Kona may have polarising looks but it sounds like it has a lot going for it at the subcompact SUV segment. Base models in the US market use a 147hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit with a six-speed automatic transmission but if you want more power, Hyundai gives you the option of a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine with 175hp paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Go for the all-wheel drive version -which gets a multilink rear suspension- and the new Hyundai Kona sounds like a fun crossover to drive around, proving that the company’s new platform is a major step towards the right direction. Unlike the busy exterior, the interior looks modern and features all the bells and whistles customers have learned to expect from a car of this class. The eight-inch infotainment system may not please everyone with its tablet-like mounting but it’s ergonomically placed and comes with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. And while you don’t expect a sub-compact SUV to offer … [Read more...] about Quirky Looks Aside, The New Hyundai Kona Is Actually A Great Package
Hyundai today unveiled the U.S.-market version of its convention-breaking Kona Electric crossover at the New York Auto Show. Kona Electric rides on an all-new CUV platform and is Hyundai’s first compact electric crossover for the U.S. market, appealing to consumers with active, eco-focused lifestyles of all kinds. Kona Electric’s exterior styling features voluminous, aggressive body styling complemented by a low and wide stance for great looks and confident handling in a variety of urban and adventure-oriented driving environments. It joins Hyundai’s successful new Kona, Tucson and Santa Fe in a full line-up of Hyundai crossovers for the U.S. market. 2019 Kona Electric models will be produced in Ulsan, Korea and available in the fourth quarter of 2018, with initial availability in California and subsequently in the ZEV-focused states in the western and northeastern regions of the U.S. market. “Our new Kona Electric crossover is a stylish and efficient compact … [Read more...] about US-Spec Hyundai 2019 Kona EV Launched at New York
Let's get the most salient details out of the way: The Hyundai Kona Electric will show up in California in the fourth quarter of 2018, and other "ZEV-focused states" will soon follow. We'd expect to see the Kona EV in dealerships along the East and West Coasts and in New England in early 2019. It'll have an estimated range of 250 miles from its 64 kWh lithium ion battery pack. Its electric motor sends 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. Other markets get a lower-cost, entry-level model with less power and range, but the U.S. will only get this lone range-topping version. … [Read more...] about 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric gets 250-mile range rating in the U.S.
More likely, however, a prospective buyer is going to know before even stepping foot into a dealership that they are interested in the Kona, not the Elantra, because they want the appearance of rugged capability (more than actual rugged capability). Buyers in this category rank design and style as more important than driving manners or fuel efficiency. Utility vehicles are perceived as stylish and trendy, so let's talk style. Design is critical in this segment, and that means boringness is a death sentence. The Kona certainly isn't boring, but it's also a little over the top, especially in the model's trademark Lime Twist bright green hue. Bright colors accentuates the various textures and finishes of the Kona's helmet-like front fascia. Having a vehicle that stands out from the crowd is a good thing, but we like the Kona better in darker colors. Split lighting units front and rear give the Kona a distinctive appearance, especially after the sun goes down with the lights turned on. … [Read more...] about 2018 Hyundai Kona First Drive Review
2019 Hyundai Kona Electric all-electric vehicle, the 2019 Kona Electric. Based on the recently introduced Kona small crossover, the Kona Electric promises more than 250 miles of range on a single charge. The Kona Electric joins the Ioniq Electric 4-door hatchback in Hyundai’s EV stable. The Ioniq Electric has a 110-mile range. The Ioniq is also offered in Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variations. Test Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier The Kona Electric features a 201-horsepower motor mated to a 64 kWh lithium-ion battery. This juuuust tops the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which has a 200-horsepower motor and 60 kWh battery. The Kona Electric will come with standard DC fast charging, a feature which is optional on the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Nissan Leaf. 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric First Spin: 2018 Nissan Leaf A Drive Mode Select feature will allow drivers to choose from three driving modes: Normal, Eco, and Sport. Each mode will incorporate unique steering and throttle-response settings. … [Read more...] about 2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric