Hyundai Kona


Hyundai has been profitable within the U.S. marketplace for providing a greater price-to-performance ratio and with the brand new 2022 Kona, issues will get even higher. The brand new Kona arrives with up to date exterior and inside design and lots of crucial updates that are actually admirable. With the 2022 mannequin 12 months, we’ll witness the N-Line and N trims that are Hyundai’s efficiency division’s rework of the Kona. For those who bear in mind, we reviewed the 2022 Elantra N which is a real efficiency monster for its cheaper price ticket. The Kona N Line and particularly the N are for the lovers for whom the moment torque is required with the perfect of Hyundai’s dealing with wizardry. The usual 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine stays unchanged as is the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-pot, however the latter is extra highly effective since it’s powering the brand new N-Line. As for the upgrades, there’s a larger eight-inch touchscreen infotainment show and now the system helps wi-fi Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. A much bigger 10.25-inch driver data show together with a equally sized infotainment display has been made accessible for the upper trims. Hyundai has additionally up to date the driving force help options with adaptive cruise management with cease & go, rear automated braking, and lane-keeping help. For the beginning MSRP of $21,150, the Kona brings lots of hope for the compact crossover market however can it’s any higher than the Volkswagen Taos, Mazda CX-30, or the Honda HR-V? We are going to attempt to clear all the things earlier than you accept any of them.

Trims and Options

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Hyundai determined to shorten the trim record and has added two new performance-oriented trims: N Line and N. So now, there are 5 trims in complete: SE, SEL, N Line, Restricted, and N. The bottom SE and SEL are powered by a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-four engine which is mated to a CVT and are FWD as commonplace. AWD is out there as a standalone possibility. The N-Line and the Restricted have the 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four, however the engine places out extra energy and torque in comparison with the outgoing mannequin 12 months. The brand new wolf within the pack is the Kona N. The Kona N is a straight-up efficiency crossover and sports activities a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that places out as much as 286 horsepower and 289 pound-feet. That mentioned, here’s a detailed trims and options record to your comfort.


Value: $21,150.

  • 16-inch alloys.
  • Repeatedly variable transmission.
  • Manually adjustable driver and passenger seats.
  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment show.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wi-fi connectivity.
  • Six-speaker audio unit.
  • Elective AWD for $1,500.

Customary driver help options embrace:

  • Lane-departure warning.
  • Lane-keeping help.
  • Ahead collision mitigation.
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Value: $22,950.

  • Distant engine begin.
  • Heated exterior mirrors.
  • 17-inch alloys.
  • Tinted home windows on the rear.
  • Keyless entry and engine begin.
  • Roof rails.
  • Satellite tv for pc radio.
  • Rear cross-traffic alert.
  • Blindspot monitoring.

A couple of of the standalone options accessible for the SEL are:

  • Twin-zone automated local weather management.
  • Wi-fi charging pad.
  • Sunroof.
  • Leather-based-wrapped steering wheel.
  • Heated entrance seats.


Value: $25,700.

  • 18-inch alloys with distinctive wheel design.
  • Seven-speed DCT.
  • Twin-zone automated local weather management.
  • Heated entrance seats.
  • Wi-fi charging pad.
  • Leather-based-wrapped steering wheel.
  • 10.25-inch driver data show.
  • Fabric upholstery with sport entrance seats.
  • Energy-adjustable driver seat.

N-Line w/ Tech package deal.

  • Sunroof.
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen show.
  • Eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio unit.
  • Navigation system.
  • Adaptive cruise management.
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Value: $28,450

  • Each Comfort and Tech packages.
  • Computerized wipers.
  • Leather-based upholstery.
  • Energy lumbar help for the driving force’s seat.
  • Upgraded soft-plastic inside trim.
  • USB ports for the rear.
  • 18-inch alloys.
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror.
  • Adaptive cruise management.
  • Rear parking sensors.


Value: $30,000 (Anticipated)

  • FWD solely.
  • Eight-speed DCT.
  • Options from the Tech package deal apart from the sunroof and adaptive cruise management.
  • Digital limited-slip differential.
  • 19-inch alloys with efficiency tires.
  • Aero-enhanced physique package.
  • Efficiency brakes.
  • Variable sport exhaust.
  • Leather-based and suede upholstery.
  • Blue inside accents.
  • Selectable driving modes.

Exterior: First impression is the perfect impression

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We wouldn’t wish to take dwelling a automobile that appears sharp and glossy? We imply, the Kona is not any sports activities automobile however the 2022 mannequin 12 months brings lots of exterior design modifications and added aptitude to its sharper appears to be like. The entrance finish has been reworked to offer a extra fashionable look. The LED DRLs are narrower, contributing to a meaner look. The LED headlamps are located on the decrease sides, much like the outgoing mannequin 12 months however have been redesigned too. Essentially the most noticeable distinction between the brand new Kona and the outgoing mannequin 12 months could be the cut up however enlarged consumption grille and the marginally stretched hood. Each the entrance and rear have skid plates with pretend side-intake vents. Nonetheless, the Kona N will get energetic aspect vents which can assist quiet down the upgraded brakes.

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From the perimeters, you’ll witness a reasonably compact size of the crossover however in numbers, there is a rise of 1.6 inches within the general size. The large wheel arc claddings give the Kona a rugged look. 16-inch alloys might be fitted to the Kona as commonplace with the SEL getting the 17-inch ones and the N-Line may have the 19-inch alloys. Coming to the rear, nothing a lot has modified for the reason that outgoing mannequin. We get to see the identical glossy LED taillights and the pretend exhaust diffuser with twin tailpipes. General appears to be like of the Kona are futuristic and positively stand out within the competitors.

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The brand new Kona weighs 2,899 kilos with the FWD and is among the many lightest within the competitors much like the Honda HR-V. Nonetheless, it’s the most compact within the section with simply 165.6 inches physique size. The Volkswagen Taos and the Mazda CX-30 are the longer ones whereas the HR-V is simply behind them with 170.4 inches of general size. The Kona sits 6.7 inches above the bottom, and won’t ship the offroad expertise you’d anticipate and the CX-30 together with the HR-V has a significantly better floor clearance of as much as 8 inches. The Kona and Taos have a really comparable wheelbase of about 102 inches whereas the CX-30 and Taos can go about 106 inches.

2022 Hyundai Kona Exterior Dimensions
Mannequin2022 Hyundai Kona
Curb Weight  2,899 lbs.
Size165.6 in.
Width 70.9 in.
Peak61.0 in.
Floor Clearance 6.7 in.
Wheelbase 102.4 in. 

Inside: A step up from minimalistic to a complicated cabin, however solely in case you are keen to pay extra

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Whereas the cabin design is majorly untouched, there are a number of modifications that you’ll immediately discover. The very first thing could be the usual infotainment show measurement has been elevated to eight inches. The round air vents have a turbine-like design now, however a number of would discover the distinction. Nonetheless, Hyundai is providing a ten.25-inch driver data show and a ten.25-inch touchscreen infotainment show for an additional bit of cash. It is likely to be a bit pricey to your desire, however the expertise could be nice. The motive force data show has a number of layouts that change with the chosen driving mode. Each the non-obligatory shows are good with colours and supply crisp visuals. As commonplace, there might be a 4.2-inch digital show fitted in the midst of the analog dials. The one draw back of this cabin could be the undesirable use of laborious plastics. Sure, all of us hate plastics, particularly the tougher ones however it’s not Hyundai’s fault fully. The engaging price ticket is the results of immense cost-cutting.

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Other than the non-obligatory screens, all the things stays the identical. The steering wheel comes leather-wrapped with guide tilt and telescopic adjustability. Guide seat-adjustability is what you will get within the decrease trims until you go for the N-Line, Restricted, and N. The steering wheel that comes with the N may have two N-specific buttons to summon the sportiest drive mode together with a track-focused interface on the infotainment display. The N additionally has blue accents contained in the cabin to remind you that you’re driving the top-tier efficiency Kona. That’s it for the design. The seats are very comfy even when they’re cloth-covered. The non-obligatory leather-based upholstery will deliver higher consolation and longevity. Options like heated seats, power-adjustable entrance passenger seats can be found as an possibility for the bottom trim.

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How concerning the cabin’s spaciousness? Nicely, it’s sort of a combined bag. The entrance row has ample headroom with as much as 39.6 inches and an excellent 41.5 inches of legroom. Each the driving force and the entrance passenger might be seated comfortably, which can make the rear seats a bit cramped up. With the aforementioned size of the brand new 2022 Kona, it’s anticipated to be compact even contained in the cabin. So you’re looking at a good 37.8-inch headroom however mediocre 35.2-inch legroom. Nothing troublesome, however you probably have somebody taller in your loved ones, they could get a bit irritated on the lengthy freeway drives. In case you are involved about rear passenger consolation, then it is best to search for the HR-V which has lots of legroom, 39.3 inches to be exact. The Volkswagen Taos has good 37.9-inch legroom and a segment-leading 39.8-inch rear headroom. However, the Kona is quite a bit compact in measurement, bear in mind? That brings us to the ultimate nail within the coffin, the cargo capability. The Kona can pack solely 19.2 cubic ft, which isn’t unusable or one thing, however the 27.9 cubic ft from the Taos appears to be an enormous deal-breaker. Earlier than we focus on the infotainment system, listed below are a number of inside options for a straightforward recap:

  • Twin-zone automated local weather management.
  • Energy-adjustable driver seat with energy lumbar help.
  • Elective leather-based upholstery.
  • Heated entrance seats.
  • Leather-based-wrapped steering wheel with paddle-shifters.
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror.
  • Elective 10.25-inch driver data show.
2022 Hyundai Konda Inside Dimensions
Mannequin2022 Hyundai Kona 
Seating Capability5
Entrance Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)39.6/55.5/41.5
Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)37.8/54.5/35.2
Cargo Capability 19.2 cu.ft.
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Intuitive methods have gotten uncommon lately as producers are busy investing in new tech for extra sophistication. In the meantime, firms like Hyundai are sustaining an ordinary for basic intuitiveness for working the infotainment system. The Kona sports activities an up to date eight-inch show sitting atop the dashboard that’s assisted by straightforward buttons and the responsiveness is kind of good for a funds crossover. Nonetheless, there may be an non-obligatory 10.25-inch show if you need the perfect expertise. As commonplace, a six-speaker audio unit comes fitted in addition to wi-fi Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. A couple of of the opposite options accessible with the 2022 Kona are as follows:

  • Navigation system.
  • Satellite tv for pc radio.
  • Wi-fi charging pad.
  • Eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio unit.
  • WiFi connectivity.

Efficiency and Dealing with: The standard suspects, however received peppier

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Whereas the bottom engine stays untouched, the marginally extra highly effective 1.6-liter engine now delivers extra energy than the outgoing mannequin 12 months. So there’s a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-four which has a rated 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet. The engine is mated ts a repeatedly variable transmission that Hyundai calls Clever Variable Transmission which, in our opinion, is smarter than a traditional CVT. FWD comes commonplace with the bottom engine, whereas AWD stays an non-obligatory add-on. For the N-Line and Restricted, you’re looking at an upgraded 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that delivers a tremendous 195 horsepower and 195 pound-feet, accessible at 4,500 RPM. The facility has been elevated for the introduction of the N-Line trim, so there may be an additional 20 horsepower. Additionally, there’s a retuned seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission backing up the engine and in response to pushed critiques, the shifts are a lot quicker and extra correct in low-speed driving. The one nitpick with the transmission could be its tendencies to upshift autonomously even in guide mode. The 2022 Kona will witness one other savage 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that can energy the Kona N with a rated energy output of 276 horsepower and 289 pound-feet. The engine can provide a lift of as much as 10 horses additional for about 20 seconds, making you howl to your mom. (Simply kidding).

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How about real-world efficiency? The bottom engine with FWD guise does 0-60 miles per hour in 9.2 seconds. That’s sluggish however, you wouldn’t care about it in any respect for the good mileage figures however extra on that later. The N-Line powered smaller 1.6-liter engine has all of the torque accessible simply from 1,500 RPM and matched with the DCT for smoother transmissions, you’re looking at a 0-60 miles per hour in 7.3 seconds, in response to Automotive And Driver testings. Dealing with-wise, we don’t suppose that the Kona could be any completely different than the outgoing mannequin 12 months. However the N-Line and the N could be a hell of a crossover, primarily for taking out and in of the corners. The N-Line has a barely stiffer entrance suspension however misses out on the digital limited-slip differential which the Kona N has. The Kona N may have higher braking efficiency and altogether, the 2022 Kona is the one crossover in its section to supply a lot versatility with such an inexpensive price ticket. We’ve got not received a style of the way it drives, however will certainly replace you after we do.

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2022 Hyundai Kona Efficiency Stats
Mannequin2022 Hyundai Kona 2022 Hyundai Kona N Line
Engine Sort2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-41.6-line turbocharged inline-4
TransmissionRepeatedly variable-speed automated7-speed shiftable automated
Energy 147 hp @ 6,200 RPM195 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 132 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM195 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM
0-60 (mph) 9.2 seconds7.3 seconds
Quarter-mile15.7 seconds
High Velocity130 mph130 mph

Gasoline Economic system

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The Kona with the bottom engine has quite a bit much less uncooked energy should you examine it to the likes of the CX-30 and Taos however the EPA rankings will make you cheerful anyway. 30 miles per gallon within the metropolis, 35 miles per gallon on the highways, and a mixed economic system of 32 miles per gallon. It’s unusual to see the HR-V underperforms the Kona, even when the bottom engine is barely much less highly effective than the given requirements. What’s extra attention-grabbing is that the N-Line’s 1.6-liter turbocharged engine will get a mile lower than that of the bottom engine, in response to the EPA, however the freeway and mixed mileage figures are the identical. The tank capability is a generously sized 13.2 gallons and can presumably return about 460 miles on the highways.

2022 Hyundai Kona Gasoline Economic system
Mannequin2022 Hyundai Kona 2022 Hyundai Kona N Line
MPG (Metropolis)3029
MPG (Freeway)3535
MPG (Mixed)3232
Tank Capability (Gallons)13.213.2
Vary (Metropolis, Freeway, Mixed)396.0/462.0/422.4382.8/462.0/422.4

How protected is the brand new 2022 Hyundai Kona?

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The 2022 Kona would carry out at least that of the outgoing mannequin 12 months which bagged a full-on 5-star score by the NHTSA together with the “2021 High Security Decide” award by the IIHS. The 2022 Kona has a number of of the trendy driver help tech fitted as commonplace however you possibly can unlock all of them by paying additional money. Lane-departure warning, automated emergency warning, lane-keeping help, and driver consideration warning come fitted as commonplace however some extra superior driver help options which may be opted optionally are:

  • Adaptive cruise management with cease & go.
  • Rear cross-traffic alert.
  • Blindspot monitoring.
  • Rear parking sensors.

Do you have to contemplate the 2022 Hyundai Kona over the competitors?

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The brand new 2022 Kona is a extra superior and refined model with loaded tech, meaner appears to be like, and sufficient efficiency with the N-Line and N. Seeing it priced beneath $23,000 makes it one of many least expensive crossovers with greater than sufficient options and reliability. The competitors just isn’t weak, to be trustworthy. Each the Mazda CX-30 and Volkswagen Taos are highly effective however the latter makes use of a turbocharged engine as commonplace, that means the torque is out there within the decrease rev-band. So, the Taos has higher efficiency from the get-go, not like the opposite choices which you must rev laborious to churn out each little bit of energy. For the efficiency lovers, the N-Line and N is an absolute win as a result of no different compact SUV within the section would supply the price-to-performance ratio as Hyundai did.


How a lot energy does the Kona N produce?

The highest-of-the-line Kona N sports activities a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot that permits 276 hp and 289 lb-ft. Nonetheless, the engine can construct a 10-hp enhance for higher straight-line accelerations.

Does the 2022 Kona have a multi-information show?

Sure, the 2022 Hyundai Kona may be fitted with the totally digital multi-information show as an non-obligatory add-on.

Does the Kona include the AWD?

Sure, the 2022 Kona may be outfitted with an AWD system even with the bottom engine and the N-Line for added traction however is about $2,000 dearer.

How briskly is the 2022 Kona?

The Kona N being the quickest among the many bunch is predicted to realize 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds and tops out at 149 mph.

Patrick Moore

Patrick is our chief editor and he's very passionate about cars. He has a bachelor's degree in marketing and he studies journalism. His favorite brand is BMW and he drives an X5 series. When he's not writing for, he enjoys spending time with his family and 9 years old son.

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