2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
The biggest news is that the Hyundai Kona now comes in the Night trim. This trim uses a turbo engine and has special exterior features that give it a more aggressive look. It will appeal to people who value performance and prefer to drive something with a bold style.
For 2021, Hyundai has taken away two paint colors from the list of choices. Lime Twist and Sunset Orange are unfortunately no longer available.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
Hyundai has given its customers a wide range of options with the 2021 Kona. The SE is the base model with a very competitive starting price. It takes care of people with its driver-assist technology, and its comfortable cloth seats, smartphone compatibility, and remote entry system can all be appreciated.
On the SEL, there is the addition of SiriusXM Satellite Radio. This can really expand the entertainment options. The SEL has a proximity key and push-button start, so the physical key fob never actually has to be taken out when starting up the engine. The SEL is further enhanced with blind spot monitoring, heated side mirrors, and privacy glass in the back.
Like the SE and SEL, the SEL Plus runs on a four-cylinder engine. The SEL Plus has fog lights and shark-fin antenna to help it make a strong first impression. Inside the cabin of the SEL Plus, there's a power-adjustable driver's seat. Having wireless charging and an enhanced sound system are some other reasons why some people opt for this trim.
Next in the lineup is the new trim, the Night. It benefits from having a turbocharged engine, and its exterior features include LED taillights, a black grille, black door trim, and 18-inch black wheels. Hyundai has matched those dark elements with a black headliner and more black accents in the cabin, and this trim gets to have aluminum-alloy sport pedals.
The Limited and Ultimate are the most sophisticated trims available. They both sit on 18-inch alloy wheels and have heated side mirrors. When seeing these trims, people might immediately notice that they have sunroofs. These sunroofs can tilt or slide open to let in light and fresh air. Inside the Limited and Ultimate trims, there are leather seats and auto-dimming rear view mirrors.
At the top the lineup, the Kona Ultimate has the best available amenities. It's the only trim to have adaptive cruise control. With this system, it can independently adjust its speed if traffic slows down. It's also the only trim to have automatic high beams, pedestrian detection, a slightly larger touchscreen, and navigation.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
The SE has the best price, but it might be a little too basic for many customers. That's why the SEL and SEL Plus would be recommended.
At the same time, the top trims are very impressive. If anyone has a budget that allows for some extra spending, the Limited and Ultimate would be great choices and would treat passengers to so many amenities.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
A seven-inch touchscreen is part of the Kona's standard technology package. It comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as Bluetooth. The SEL and all higher trims have SiriusXM, and on the SEL Plus and higher trims, the sound system is upgraded with Clari-Fi technology. The Kona's advanced audio system has an external amplifier and eight speakers, one of which is a subwoofer.
The Ultimate trim features an eight-inch touchscreen with integrated navigation. This trim also has a head-up display, which keeps the driver aware of important information.
How Does It Perform?
The lineup is split down the middle in terms of what engines are used. The first three trims run on inline four-cylinder engines. These can generate 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque, and they are 2.0-liter models.
The top three trims use four-cylinder engines, too, but theirs are turbocharged. Thought they're smaller, with displacements of 1.6 liters, they're more powerful than their counterparts. They can churn out 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.
All-wheel and front-wheel drive are both available. Note that the standard four-cylinder model is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It has SHIFTRONIC to give people some manual control over shifting if they prefer. The turbo engine has been matched with a seven-speed EcoShift dual clutch transmission. The turbo engine and dual clutch transmission pair well together and give the Kona a sportier feel.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
As a competitively priced vehicle, the Kona has an impressive safety package. Even on the base model, there are a number of standard driver-assist technologies. They include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane keeping assist.
In all of the other trims, there are more monitoring systems in place. Blind spot and rear cross-traffic warning can prove to be very useful in everyday situations, as it's not always possible to see vehicles in certain positions. Two other available features are pedestrian detection and parking distance alert.
What's the Interior Like?
The front row is spacious and comfortable, with there being 41.5 inches of leg room. In the second row, things are a bit tighter. Second-row passengers have 34.6 inches of leg room.
There is a good amount of cargo space in the Kona. When the rear seats are lowered, total cargo capacity is about 45 cubic feet. When the seats are upright, there's almost 20 cubic feet of volume in which items can be stored. This is more than what most sedans offer, and it helps make the Kona more appealing.
Hyundai has put cloth seats into the lower trims of the Kona, though the higher trims have leather upholstery. Power-adjustable driver's seats, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a dual-zone temperature system are all available.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?
Small SUVs are becoming quite popular. Some competitors to the Hyundai Kona are the Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, Subaru Crosstrek, and Buick Encore.
Note: All Hyundai Kona MSRP, Lease Payments and down paymnet figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.