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With the popularity of SUVs, it's little wonder Hyundai added the Kona subcompact crossover to its model range for 2018. The Kona, like other Hyundais, offers plenty of features and a generous warranty at an appealing price point. The Kona also has a daring design that stands out among its relatively traditional competitors. The four trim levels follow Hyundai's typical model lines. The SE is the entry point, followed by the SEL, Limited, and range-topping Ultimate.
The SE and SEL are powered by a 147-hp four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine that drives the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. The Limited and Ultimate gain a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with 175 hp and use a dual-clutch automatic transmission with seven gears. All-wheel drive is offered on all trim levels, and it's worthwhile not just for the extra traction but also because it brings a more sophisticated rear suspension that improves both handling and ride comfort. Every Kona comes well equipped, and even the entry SE has Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™, a backup camera, a 7-inch touchscreen, alloy wheels, and remote keyless entry. The SEL gains larger 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, and additional driver aids in the form of blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The Limited adds leather, while the Ultimate comes fully loaded: Its highlights include a larger 8-inch touchscreen, a premium Infinity audio system, and wireless charging for your smartphone. A good all-rounder among subcompact crossover SUVs, the Kona is well worth your consideration.
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Tackling the unexpected requires a vehicle that can adapt to your storage needs, and the 2018 Hyundai Kona is ideal for this purpose. With 19.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats, you can easily handle a trip to the grocery store or a weekend away. Folding the rear seats down gives you 45.8 cubic feet of space, while 60/40 split folding lets you keep some rear seating while improving storage volume.
Powering the 2018 Hyundai Kona is a pair of engine options. All models are equipped as standard with a 147-hp 2.0L four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. With the 2.0L and FWD, the 2018 Hyundai Kona gets an impressive EPA-estimated 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.
A modern car for modern drivers, the 2018 Hyundai Kona is equipped with in-demand tech right from the base model. All 2018 Hyundai Konas include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, plus an intuitive infotainment system. Upgrade to the SEL trim for rear cross-traffic alert and satellite radio. Or, you can jump up to the 2018 Hyundai Kona Limited trim for wireless charging and a suite of driver aids.
There are quite a few high-end features in the trim-topping 2018 Hyundai Kona Ultimate. Soft, comfortable heated and cooled leather seats, a full-color head-up display, and wireless phone charging are standard features on this trim. Do you love music? Ultimate models also feature an impressive eight-speaker Infinity® sound system with Clari-Fi™ technology. You'll feel like you have front seats at your favorite concert in every ride.
With the optional 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, you'll also get a snappy seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). With 175 hp, plenty of low-end torque, and the quick-shifting DCT, the 2018 Kona has impressive driving dynamics around town. When equipped with AWD, the Kona puts the power to the wheels with the most grip. This technology helps improve traction in poor weather conditions, giving you more confidence behind the wheel.
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SE: Includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a seven-inch touchscreen, power doors and locks, cruise control, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and more.
SEL: Adds blind-spot warning with cross-traffic alert, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more.
SEL Tech Package: Adds a power sunroof, power-adjustable driver's seat, and a suite of driver aids.
Limited: Adds a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder engine, LED headlights, leather seating, automatic climate control, auto-dimming mirror, and more.
Ultimate: Adds a full-color head-up display, wireless charging, rain-sensing wipers, an eight-speaker Infinity sound system, an eight-inch touchscreen, navigation, and more.
Yes, there is an available sunroof on the Kona. The 2018 Hyundai Kona SEL with the Tech Package and higher includes a power sunroof, perfect for drives in nice weather or night-time star gazing.
There is no electric version of the 2018 Hyundai Kona. The EV Kona was introduced for the 2019 model year. It features an EPA-estimated 258 miles of range on a full charge. Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new and assume a full battery charge. Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition and history, driving and charging habits, accessory use, and driving conditions. Battery capacity may decrease with time and use. See fueleconomy.gov for more info.
Certain factors may determine how well the Hyundai Kona responds in colder weather conditions. When equipped with AWD and proper winter tires, the 2018 Hyundai Kona responds well in snowy climates.
While the 2018 Hyundai Kona does not have four-wheel drive, there is an available all-wheel-drive system. This works slightly different than four-wheel drive, using the brakes and transmission to adjust which wheels have power.
Bigger than meets the eye, the 2018 Hyundai Kona has 94.1 cubic feet of passenger volume—plenty for up to five passengers. In addition, the 19.2 cubic feet of cargo space can carry whatever you need for a road trip. Inside, the cloth seating (leather seating on Limited and Ultimate trims) is comfortable, even on long trips. Finally, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat gives you the flexibility of multiple cargo configurations.
There are two sets of upper and lower LATCH seat anchors in the rear seats of the 2018 Hyundai Kona. In addition, a third upper anchor can be used in the middle position alongside the seat belt. The tether anchors are easy to find in all three seats, while the lower anchors need a bit of a push to get deep enough. However, the 2018 Hyundai Kona isn't wide enough for three child seats side by side, limiting you to two car seats. But the height of the seats and good rear door openings make child seat installation straightforward.
While the base-model 2.0L four-cylinder engine gets 147 hp, the 2018 Hyundai Kona really comes alive with the turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder engine (Limited and Ulitmate trims). The 2018 Hyundai Kona Limited AWD can get to 60 mph from zero in just 6.6 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). The 1.6L turbocharged engine is paired with a seven-speed DCT, which can switch between gears faster than a typical automatic transmission. Even with all that performance, the 2018 Hyundai Kona AWD with the 1.6L engine still gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined.
2018-2020 Hyundai Kona (First Generation)
The Hyundai Kona was revealed in 2017 and began production in 2018 as a compact SUV. It featured two four-cylinder engine options, four trims, and a selection of popular tech features at launch. An all-electric version was added to the lineup for the 2019 model year, featuring an EPA-estimated 258 mile range on a full charge.