The 2020 Hyundai Kona seems to teeter on the edge of greatness, held back only by bold styling that might limit its appeal for some, and by a plastic-heavy interior. But there's a lot to like—love, even—about the Kona, because you'll struggle to find a nimbler, more entertaining subcompact crossover SUV to drive. To experience it at its best, you'll want the optional 1.6-liter turbocharged engine mated to optional all-wheel drive. That combination is quick and capable, though the seven-speed automatic transmission can let drivers down with the occasional missed shift.
The Kona packs a lot of passenger space; trunk capacity trails some rivals, but not enough to be a deal-breaker. As you can expect of a Hyundai, you'll find generous standard equipment and a top-notch warranty package. The base SE comes with features that would be costly options in some rivals. The SEL and new-for-2020 SEL Plus up the offerings, and the upper-level Limited and Ultimate are positively dripping in standard features. The Limited is worth the extra cost because it comes with that improved 1.6-liter turbo engine. If you're in the market for a good, nearly great, subcompact crossover SUV, the Hyundai Kona should be near the top of your list.