2018 Hyundai Kona Model Review

28/32  CITY/HWY
EPA-Estimated MPG
7.6  Sec.
0-60 MPH
19.2 / 45.8  cu ft
Cargo Space

What's New for the 2018 Hyundai Kona?

The Kona is an entirely new vehicle in the Hyundai lineup for 2018, so let's dive right in and take a look at what kind of features are available in this brand new model.

2018 Hyundai Kona in the Wilderness

What Styles are Available?

Kona SE

The basic trim of the new Kona features 16-inch alloy wheels and LED headlights giving it a sleek modern look in addition to bright and reliable illumination at night. The outside of the vehicle also boasts a backup camera which is displayed on the car's 7-inch touchscreen. Even at this level, the automobile boasts keyless entry, and once in the vehicle most people immediately notice the six-speaker sound system. This system can connect with mobile devices over hands-free connectivity and is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Kona SEL

Moving up to the SEL trim the car is outfitted with slightly larger 17-inch alloy wheels. Also, the interior gains leather on the steering wheel as well as the shift knob and heated front seats. This level of trim also adds side mirror heating, keyless ignition, and blind spot monitoring.

Kona Limited

The Kona Limited gets another upgrade to the wheels, moving them up to the 18-inch alloy. This trim also shifts the engine up to a turbo four-cylinder from the naturally aspirated one. The limited also adds LED taillights; power operated driver's seat, and a sunroof.

Kona Ultimate

The Ultimate trim is the top of the line Kona and features some high-tech amenities such as automatic rain detecting windshield wipers and a heads-up display that is projected onto the windshield so you can see your speed and other information without looking away from the road for even a second. The ultimate also has a wireless charging pad for compatible phones, a slightly larger 8-inch touchscreen, as well as an improved sound system.

Top Notch Performance

2018 Hyundai Kona FrontThe lower two trim packages, the SE and SEL, come with a 2.0-liter inline four cylinder engine that powers a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine offers 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. All of the models are available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The base engine can get 27 miles per gallon in the city with the front-wheel drive and 33 on the highway. With the all-wheel drive, this efficiency dips slightly to 25 mpg city and 30 on the highway.

The higher trims, the Limited and Ultimate, come with a smaller 1.6-liter engine that is turbocharged and puts out 175hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. When configured with front-wheel drive the turbo gets 28 mpg in the city and 32 while driving on the highway. The all-wheel-drive turbo gets 26 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

Which Modern Safety Technologies are Included?

2018 Hyundai Kona RearThe safety features on the Kona are very modern, as you may expect from a brand new vehicle to the Hyundai lineup. The SEL trims and above have a huge variety of available safety features. The driver assistive features include lane assist, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, and collision warning. These are all very modern features but will soon become irreplaceable and standard in almost every vehicle.

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