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2018 Hyundai Kona Ultimate AWD Review – Double Take

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2018 Hyundai Kona

2018 Hyundai Kona Ultimate AWD

1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder (one hundred seventy five horsepower @ 5,500 rpm; 195 lb-ft @ 1,500-four,500 rpm)

Seven-velocity automated, all-wheel drive

26 metropolis / 29 freeway / 27 mixed (EPA Score, MPG) metropolis, freeway, eight.6 mixed. (NRCan Score, L/100km)

Base Worth: $28,seven hundred (U.S) / $31,799 (Canada)

As Examined: $29,805 (U.S.) / $33,704 (Canada)

Costs embrace $980 vacation spot cost in america and $1,905 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, due to cross-border gear variations, can’t be immediately in contrast.

One in every of my private auto reviewer “guidelines” is that I attempt to test any vehicle I drove on a press junket later, at residence, even when it’s months later (and even when it’s many months earlier than I get round to writing about it). I do that as a result of the potholed roads and unpredictable climate of the town I name residence stand in stark distinction to the nice locations the place automakers maintain their splashy first drive occasions.

I additionally do that as a result of driving a car in regular grocery-getting obligation is totally different than driving it exhausting on a twisty street, as a result of I don’t all the time get to drive on the freeway on a junket, and since a car reveals issues about itself over the course of a number of days or every week that it wouldn’t in just some hours.

Enter the 2018 Hyundai Kona. A number of months after driving it on the Huge Island of Hawaii (not lengthy earlier than that volcano erupted — the identical one I toured whereas there. Did I piss off the volcano gods one way or the other?), I took possession of 1 right here in Chicago. Would I think in a different way concerning the Kona, in a method or one other, after every week behind the wheel? Or would I simply find yourself confirming my first-drive review?

Spoiler: It’s extra the latter than the previous.

This virtually definitely as a result of the identical trim I drove in Hawaii confirmed up at my door – an Ultimate AWD with a 1.6-liter turbocharged direct-injection 4-cylinder placing out one hundred seventy five horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

These are removed from eye-popping numbers, however the 1.6L will get the job finished, at the least should you’re not on the freeway. The Kona doesn’t really feel quick, precisely, however fast sufficient to get you from stoplight to stoplight with out drama. It does run out of breath a bit when merging, nevertheless. There’s additionally a little bit of a delay to get the engine spooled up; the seven-velocity automated transmission might be a bit faster on the downshift.

Probably the most interesting facet of the Kona, to me, is its dealing with. It’s sprightlier than a small crossover ought to be, with appropriately stiff steering. It’s enjoyable to toss it round a nook, though the experience is a bit stiff. Slight lack of energy apart, the Kona stays one of many extra enjoyable to drive small crossovers just because Hyundai managed to dial some amusement into it.

2018 Hyundai Kona

I’m nonetheless curious how the 1.6-liter pairs to a entrance-drive Kona, or how the bottom engine/transmission combo work collectively, however OEMs like to throw full-zoot fashions into press fleets, regardless of how consultant they’re (or aren’t) of the general take-fee breakdown by trim.

As I stated earlier than, you will get a variety of content material in your Kona for those who’re prepared to put out the money. On this case, that money outlay is nearly $30K earlier than any incentives. Yep, for a subcompact/compact crossover (Hyundai calls it a compact in its press supplies, however most observers would slot it within the subcompact class), that’s a tidy sum.

The one choice on my test vehicle was carpeted flooring mats. Commonplace features included blind-spot collision warning with lane-change help, rear cross-visitors collision warning, ahead-collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane-retaining help, driver-consideration warning, 18-inch wheels, fog lamps, sunroof, head-up show, leather-based seats, keyless entry and beginning, wi-fi cell-telephone charger, satellite tv for pc radio, premium audio, Hyundai’s BlueLink infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation.

Gasoline financial system checks in at 26 mpg metropolis/29 mpg freeway/27 mpg mixed.

2018 Hyundai Kona

Judging by the feedback y’all left on my first drive of the Kona, the styling is considerably, um, polarizing. It’s grown on me over time, watching Konas proliferating on the streets of my city, however I get that it’s not for everybody. The gaping grille and squinting headlights are the sorts of styling parts that divide, not unite, and the slender taillights may be off-placing, too. I think the decrease lights at every nook are a bit busy. Nonetheless, the general look is at the very least tolerable to my eye, if not attractive.

Inside, the cabin is way easier, with much less fuss and muss, though a tacked-on middle display mars the look and physique-colour accents struck me as foolish. Supplies felt a bit low-lease for the price.

The Kona isn’t the oddest-wanting crossover within the class, at the very least. Thanks, Toyota C-HR.

2018 Hyundai Kona

In case you can abdomen the seems, and also you’re prepared to open your pocketbook a bit, a prime-trim Kona is a wonderful round-city runabout. I’d nonetheless wish to spend time with the opposite engine – our personal Bark was not pleased when he test drove that model – and I nonetheless marvel if a Restricted trim with FWD is the best solution to choice out a Kona with the 1.6L.

2018 Hyundai Kona

General, although, my impressions from Hawaii translated again to the mainland. The Kona is a reasonably respectable, if not overpriced and overstyled, small crossover.

In different phrases – overlook touring volcanoes. It’s a wonderful grocery-getting errand-runner, so long as you possibly can reside with the appears.

[Images © 2019 Tim Healey/TTAC]

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