Hyundai Kona FAQs
PUBLISHED TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2022
Discover more about this small crossover with big personality.
Subcompact crossovers offer the utility you'd expect from an SUV while retaining the easy maneuverability and handling of a sedan. And if you're shopping for a subcompact crossover with plenty of personality and standard equipment, the Hyundai Kona may be the right choice for you. With six trims, two powertrains, and even an electric version to choose from, the Kona offers something for every driver.
Eager to learn more about this popular crossover? We've put together an in-depth FAQ section below so you can get answers to your most pressing questions about the Hyundai Kona and Kona Electric.
Hyundai Kona FAQs
Q: How much should I pay for a Hyundai Kona?
A: There are many factors that can affect how much a Hyundai Kona will cost, including its trim configuration, add-on features/packages, powertrain, model year, and more. However, according to CarMax sales data, the 2021 Hyundai Kona sells for an average of $23,694.2
Q: What are the different models of Hyundai Kona?
A: The 2021 Hyundai Kona is available in six different trim configurations: the base SE, the SEL, the SEL Plus, the Night, the Limited, and the Ultimate. Two engines are available: a 2.0L four-cylinder on the SE through SEL Plus trim, and a turbocharged 1.6L on the Night, Limited, and Ultimate trims.
Q: Is the Hyundai Kona being discontinued?
A: As of December 2021, Hyundai has not announced any plans to discontinue production of the Kona in the United States.
Q: What cars are similar to the Hyundai Kona?
A: As a subcompact crossover SUV, there are many vehicles that are similar to the Hyundai Kona. Some examples of the Kona's competition include the Kia Niro, the Ford EcoSport, the Honda HR-V, the Chevrolet Trax, and the Toyota C-HR.
Q: How fast is the Hyundai Kona?
A: Speed and acceleration on the Kona can vary based on powertrain and engine configuration, as well as other factors. However, the standard four-cylinder engine on the 2021 Hyundai Kona base trim can accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in 7.8 seconds.
Q: Which Hyundai Kona should I buy?
A: The Hyundai Kona model that's right for you will depend on what you're looking for in a subcompact crossover SUV. If you don't need a lot of luxury features, the base SE trim may suit you just fine; the 2021 Kona SE comes standard with a seven-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, and driver-assistance features like forward-collision and lane-departure mitigation.
Meanwhile, a mid-tier trim like the SEL Plus may be better suited to you if you want a few more indulgences. On this trim, you'll find standard equipment such as a wireless device-charging pad, an eight-speaker sound system, and a sunroof.
If you really want to ride around in luxury, the 2021 Kona Ultimate trim is worth a look. This model comes with a larger eight-inch touchscreen display, a built-in navigation system, a heads-up driver display, and leather upholstery.
Q: Is the Hyundai Kona a reliable car?
A: According to RepairPal® reliability data, the Hyundai Kona has not yet been rated. However, Hyundai as a car brand overall receives a RepairPal reliability score of 4/5, which is considered "Excellent."1
RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on many factors that include its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.
Q: Is the Hyundai Kona gas-efficient?
A: Many factors can affect fuel economy, including road conditions and powertrain. However, the 2021 Hyundai Kona base trim with 2.0L four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined (27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway).3
Likewise, 2021 Kona models equipped with the turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder engine and seven-speed automatic transmission also get an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined (28 mpg city and 32 mpg highway).3
Q: Is the Hyundai Kona four-wheel-drive?
A: No, the 2021 Hyundai Kona is not offered with four-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive is standard on all 2021 Kona models. When sold new, however, each trim was available with all-wheel drive as an option for added traction and control.
Q: Is the Hyundai Kona electric?
A: The 2021 Hyundai Kona is available in both gasoline and electric versions. The 2021 Kona Electric is outfitted with a combination of a 150-kW electric motor and a 64-kWh battery pack, whereas the gasoline-powered 2021 Kona is offered with two different four-cylinder engine configurations.
Q: Does the Kona Electric use gas?
A: No, the 2021 Kona Electric runs completely on electricity from its 150-kW electric motor and 64-kWh battery pack. It is classified as a plug-in electric vehicle and cannot be powered by gasoline. The standard 2021 Kona, on the other hand, does use gas.
Q: How many gallons does a Kona hold?
A: The specific fuel tank capacity of any vehicle may vary by model year, trim, and other factors. However, the 2021 Hyundai Kona base trim has a fuel tank capacity of 13.2 gallons. This vehicle takes regular, unleaded fuel in its gas tank.
Q: Does the Kona have a 360 camera?
A: No, the Hyundai Kona is not equipped with a standard 360-degree camera, nor is this feature available as an add-on when the vehicle is sold as new. Some other Hyundai vehicles, such as the 2021 Palisade and Sonata, are available with a 360-degree camera to assist with parking.
Q: Is the Hyundai Kona good in snow?
A: In general, the Hyundai Kona drives well in the snow. Its compact size allows for easier maneuverability and responsive handling, even in adverse road conditions. Meanwhile, models equipped with all-wheel-drive systems deliver added traction and control in snowy conditions.
Q: How long does it take to charge a Kona?
A: Charge times for a Kona Electric will vary based on the type of charger you're using, among other factors. However, using the standard Level II on-board charger, the 2021 Kona Electric can reach a full charge in 9 hours and 35 minutes.
Q: Can we charge a Hyundai Kona at home?
A: Yes, the 2021 Kona Electric comes standard with a Level I charger, which can be plugged into any 120-volt household outlet. For faster charging, though, Level II charging (also standard on all 2021 Kona Electric models) is recommended via a 240-volt outlet.
Q: What is the mileage range of a Kona?
A: Many factors can affect the range of a Hyundai Kona Electric, including battery age and driving conditions. However, the 2021 Kona Electric base trim with 150-kW electric motor and 64-kWh battery pack has an EPA-estimated range of 258 miles on a full charge.4
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