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.