Our test car this week is a prime-shelf Kona Final with all-wheel drive. The car we drove was a 2018 mannequin, although issues have modified barely for 2019. The Final comes with LED lighting, keyless entry with push-button begin, heated entrance seats, a heads-up show, wi-fi charging, an upgraded stereo and extra.
Senior Editor, Inexperienced, John Beltz Snyder — I discovered the Kona within the parking zone, hopped in, synced my telephone, and headed out in a little bit of a daze. I instantly began to loosen up driving the Kona, although. It was straightforward to drive and straightforward to make use of, if a bit extra of an equipment than a factor of fancy. The lane-maintain help labored surprisingly properly, and did so with out being intrusive. I popped up the little mechanical head-up show and, despite the fact that my mirrors and home windows provided a very good sense of what was round me, I favored with the ability to hold my eyes ahead and know when a car was in both of my blind spots.
It wasn’t till I acquired house and my giant son (an absolute unit, that lad) pulled me outdoors to point out him the Kona. He was taken by it, and, ultimately, so was I. It seems nice on this kind of electric blue, and the exterior accents make it look considerably sporty (even when Sport mode does little to truly make it really feel that approach). The rear view is best than the face, although, I am going to admit.
I am glad I did not have to provide the little man a journey, although. That rear seat is tiny, and my boy’s massive car seat and lengthy legs would not have been an incredible match.
Affiliate Editor Joel Stocksdale — I am fairly a fan of the Hyundai Kona. I really like its funky aggressive styling, even after it has been available on the market for some time. And I fairly like the best way it drives, with both engine. An enormous a part of that is that it is a sprightly little handler. The steering is fast, nicely-weighted and exact, and the car turns in shortly and confidently. It additionally does not really feel as prime-heavy because the Ford EcoSport. The dealing with does not come at the price of journey high quality, both. It’s on the agency aspect, however does handle to maintain the physique clean and regular over minor bumps, so it does not really feel busy or nervous. And no matter whether or not you select the turbo or non-turbo engine with entrance-drive or all-wheel-drive, you will get the identical chassis dynamics.
You will additionally discover each powertrains to be nice. I’ve pushed the non-turbo mannequin, and it feels simply as fast as the remainder of the pretty sluggish subcompact crossover set. Its automated is clean, too. The turbo engine is probably the most enjoyable, although, and makes the Kona the recent rod of the phase. It comes with a twin-clutch automated that shifts pretty shortly in guide mode, and picks gears decently. I did run throughout a few occasions that it felt the clutches have been slipping an excessive amount of, which makes me want the torque converter automated was additionally on the turbo mannequin.
The Kona is a simple car to make use of, too. It has Hyundai and Kia’s smart infotainment system augmented with loads of useful bodily buttons. There are even good tech upgrades corresponding to a crisp heads-up show. Visibility is superb, as properly. The one draw back is that the Kona is somewhat tight inside, particularly in contrast with Crosstrek and Eclipse Cross. It is also a considerably drab interior with simply darkish grey plastic. Non-turbo fashions get houndstooth upholstery that provides some aptitude, and the highest mannequin in inexperienced will get neat inexperienced accents that assist brighten issues up. General, although, the Kona is a trendy enjoyable crossover that is an amazing selection in an enormous phase.
Video Manufacturing Supervisor Eddie Sabatini — I took the Hyundai Kona residence the opposite day, however I am having a tough time arising with a lot to say about it. Not as a result of I dislike it, I do not — it is effective however simply does not actually encourage me. The colour is straightforward on the eyes. The interior is good sufficient with good tech/creature comforts, however it felt boxy and the cabin appeared to echo some. It rides and handles positive, however acceleration is not nice — even in “Sport” mode. All issues thought-about, I might want a CX-three.
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