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Reviews Hyundai Kona Rises to the Top of its Class

18:56  10 april  2018
18:56  10 april  2018 Source:   wheels.ca

Hyundai Prices Kona Crossover, Starts Under $21k

  Hyundai Prices Kona Crossover, Starts Under $21k Hyundai has just announced pricing for the Kona subcompact crossover. Hyundai has just announced pricing for the Kona subcompact crossover. The little SUV will arrive at dealers in March, starting from $20,999.

The one aspect of Kona ’s performance that is beyond expectations is its ride and handling. Then again, ever since Albert Biermann arrived from BMW as Hyundai /Kia’s VP of engineering, their vehicles have made great leaps in this area. Kona scores at or near the top of the class on these counts.

The one aspect of Kona ’s performance that is beyond expectations is its ride and handling. Then again, ever since Albert Biermann arrived from BMW as Hyundai /Kia’s VP of engineering, their vehicles have made great leaps in this area. Kona scores at or near the top of the class on these counts.

2018 Hyundai Kona Review: Kenzie Hyundai Kona LF 34 rocks© Jim Kenzie Kenzie Hyundai Kona LF 34 rocks TOFINO, B.C.-A few years ago, there was no such thing as a subcompact SUV.

Now dealerships are awash with them at just about every price point. It is the fastest-growing segment in Canada, up some 32 per cent in 2017 versus 2016.

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The latest entry, the Hyundai Kona, immediately leaps if not right to the head of the field, at least into the very front ranks. It is on sale now, starting at $20,099.

Some will find the styling a little out there, but I thought it looked good, bringing to mind a phrase originated by a former colleague — “Sport Cute.”

Hyundai Reveals Electric Kona, With Up to 470 km Range

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2018 Hyundai Kona price range, listings near you, expert review, consumer reviews, and more. Safety & Quality Ratings. Awards & Top 10s. While notably quicker than many other vehicles in its class , the turbocharged engine doesn't exactly make the Kona fast, and the transmission's slow shifts

Hyundai has lifted the wraps off the all-new Kona . The new comapct SUV is set to take on the Nissan Juke and the Suzuki Vitara in a hugely competitive market segment. The styling is sure to grab plenty of attention, but will it compete with the class best? Here’s the top 10 things you need to know about it.

It seems vehicles in this class don’t play on the mostly-faux “rugged off-road” image of bigger SUVs, but are distinctly urban vehicles. So, alloy wheels don’t look quite as silly on this one as they do on most.

Kona is offered in five trim levels. Starting at that $20,999 price point is “Essential” — I guess that nameplate is self-explanatory …

Hyundai claims this is the lowest-priced subcompact SUV with an automatic transmission on the market. Sounds a bit like they are picking their spots, but especially in these low-cost segments, price is always a huge factor.

For this, you get a 2.0-litre, Atkinson cycle, four-cylinder engine developing 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque, peaking at 4,500 r.p.m. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Kona Electric Gets 400 km Range

  The Kona Electric Gets 400 km Range Hyundai has pulled the covers off the Kona Electric compact crossover at the Vancouver auto show, where it revealed its newest EV will boast 400 km of driving range. Hyundai has pulled the covers off the Kona Electric compact crossover at the Vancouver auto show, where it revealed its newest EV will boast 400 km of driving range.

Hyundai ’s take on the tiny-SUV class requires fewer compromises than its rivals. Right. Regardless, the Hyundai Kona has far more personality than other small crossovers (e.g. Honda HR-V), without It starts at ,500 before destination, while the top trim level with all-wheel drive lists for ,700.

It doesn’t punch above its weight class —even in top trims—but it ’ s enough to stay average and earn a point for capacity. The 2018 Hyundai Kona is awaiting its dinner date with a wall, so we’re withholding our score for now. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

An extra $1,750 gives you the “Preferred” level with the same powertrain and a bunch of equipment, including a push-button start, which for some reason Hyundai calls “Smart Key.”

On these two trim levels, an extra two grand brings full-time, four-wheel drive, which normally is about 95 per cent front-drive, automatically switching to as much as 50-50 front/rear, should traction conditions warrant.

On the 4x4s, a fully independent rear suspension replaces the semi-independent twist-beam setup on the front-drivers. The front end has MacPherson struts in both cases.

Next up on the price ladder is “Trend” at $26,899. Along with four-wheel drive and a bunch of luxury goodies like head-up display comes a high-tech, 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, generating 175 horsepower and a lusty 195 lb-ft of torque arriving at an ultralow 1,500 r.p.m. It is bolted to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic or manual transmission.

The Kona Electric Gets 400 km Range

  The Kona Electric Gets 400 km Range Hyundai has pulled the covers off the Kona Electric compact crossover at the Vancouver auto show, where it revealed its newest EV will boast 400 km of driving range. Hyundai has pulled the covers off the Kona Electric compact crossover at the Vancouver auto show, where it revealed its newest EV will boast 400 km of driving range.

After months of rumors and sneak peeks, Hyundai has finally unveiled its Kona subcompact SUV. Like most of Hyundai 's recent designs, the Kona is certainly distinct. In fact, it ' s downright aggressive by class standards, and I like it.

The Hyundai Kona is a subcompact five door crossover SUV designed by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai that was shown for the first time in June 2017.

a close up of a car: 2018 Hyundai Kona Review© Provided by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited 2018 Hyundai Kona Review

Next up is “Luxury” at $27,499, which despite the price hike goes back to the 2.0-litre engine, again with four-wheel drive. It gains a boatload of luxury amenities including power sunroof, leather upholstery, automatic air conditioning, and power driver’s seat, plus a handful of so-called driving aids like lane-keep assist, automatic braking, and forward collision avoidance alert.

Topping the range is “Ultimate” at $31,799, above which you apparently cannot go. That’s what “ultimate” means, yes? This includes a SatNav system, LED low-beam headlights, wireless phone charger (if your phone is compatible), and an Infinity high-end sound system.

You will have to sit down with your sales rep, a large mug of coffee, and the spec sheets to figure out which trim level is right for you. Hyundai Canada says they have packaged the equipment according to what people want, so you’d best hope you’re like whoever those people are. Regardless, you will get an appealing vehicle.

Hyundai laid on a subset of Kona’s bright colour palette from which to choose. We nabbed a “Pulse Red” Luxury for the drive/ferry boat ride from Vancouver to the Island, then hopped into a bright “Acid Yellow” Trend you see in the pics for the sprint to Tofino.

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Hyundai ’s second all-electric vehicle, the Kona Electric, will get a full But while it ’ s quicker and has a more respectable range, the top -tier Kona Electric will take around three hours longer to A two-tone roof helps further distinguish it from its combustion engine sibling, and customers will be able to mix

Full disclosure: Our first drive of the all-new 2018 Hyundai Kona subcompact SUV lasted about 8 minutes. The Kona is notable for its cladding, described as "body armor" to evoke a sense of safety and being protected. Top new car models.

The 2.0-litre engine is surprisingly peppy, the usual torque hole left by the Atkinson cycle operating system not being at all noticeable. The transmission did its job without drawing attention to itself, which is what an automatic transmission should do.

The 1.6 turbo is downright snappy. The torque comes in at low revs, and flings the car ahead with surprising alacrity. The dual-clutch gearbox shifts quickly and precisely, as they do.

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One drawback — the manual-shift function for the autobox works backwards. It should be pullback to upshift, push-forward to downshift. Think about how your weight transfers when you are accelerating versus braking; it is, or should be, so painfully obvious, but so few get it right.

Our yellow tester had the black-painted roof — it is also offered in grey with some body colours — which is not available when you choose a sunroof. The sunroof remains one of the most-ordered yet least-used options in the car game. I’d go for the painted roof, even if some people might confuse the car with the Volvo XC40 tested here a couple of weeks ago which has a similar feature.

(I have often wondered if there is some secret designers’ convention where they all get together and decide, “OK, for 2018, we’ll all make black roofs!”)

Review: 2018 Hyundai Kona CUV

  Review: 2018 Hyundai Kona CUV The 2018 Hyundai Kona pretty well sums up what’s happening in the Canadian automotive market – consumers want more utility. In 2017, sales of subcompact utility vehicles were up 32 per cent compared to 2016, while purchases of subcompact sedans were down 20 per cent from 2016. It was the same thing with mid-size SUVs — sales up seven per cent in 2017, compared to mid-size sedans which were down 13 per cent.

The Kona also continues Hyundai 's commitment to tech inside its cars. I was unable to test this feature, but according to the automaker, Hyundais have been started 12 million times with the voice of their owners.

The top row of LED running lights incorporate the crossover’s turn signals, while the larger housings below hold the Kona ’s LED headlights. Hyundai says the Kona will deliver best-in- class interior space, with more headroom than any of its competitors.

One detail the designers did get wrong is the position of the backup lights. These are way too low, almost at bumper level. They have to be higher — I mean, the main point of backup lights is to warn other drivers that you are backing up. Especially in city traffic, where the Kona is expected to mostly operate, you can hardly see them. Land Rover made a similar mistake with turn signals many years ago, and quickly corrected it. Hyundai, please copy.

The interior is generally well-executed in what appear to be high-quality materials, with some nice details like contrasting stitching and trim bits on uplevel models. There are a few spots where you can see body colour peeking through the trim which takes a bit away from the high-class ambience.

The seats meet the “comfortable yet supportive” criterion. The rear seat is a bit less roomy than some others in this class, but it is most likely going to be carrying gear rather than people. To this end, a split-folding rear seatback is standard on all trim levels.

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Ditto a seven-inch display screen, heated front seats, Bluetooth, cruise control, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A lot of kit for your buck here.

The head-up display available on pricier models is rather like Mazda’s, in that it projects not onto the windshield but onto a Plexiglas screen that pops up behind the dash.

Over half the body structure is high-strength steel — Hyundai is one of the world’s biggest steel makers. You’ll not only appreciate this if you have a major moment in the car; the other 99.999 per cent of the time, the stiff body pays off in better ride quality and a more solid feel.

Hyundai Begins Work On Kona N, But It Hasn’t Been Approved Yet

  Hyundai Begins Work On Kona N, But It Hasn’t Been Approved Yet If greenlighted, it will likely get the i30 N's 2.0-liter turbo.Hyundai’s N performance division is aggressively expanding its lineup, which may soon include the brand’s first-ever sports crossover, the Kona N. In fact, a prototype of such a model is already in development, despite the lack of a production green light.

2018 Hyundai Kona Review. Style may be subjective, but the Kona is objectively one of the best in its class . The Kona sets itself apart from the rest of the class with a powerful turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that Hyundai offers on the top two trim levels.

Hyundai calls the top of the line model the Kona Ultimate, and a fully-loaded one rings up at Combined with pleasantly sharp handling, it ’ s much more entertaining than most of its ilk. Hyundai may have been sitting this one out for a long time, but now it ’ s sitting near the front of the class .

The one aspect of Kona’s performance that is beyond expectations is its ride and handling. Then again, ever since Albert Biermann arrived from BMW as Hyundai/Kia’s VP of engineering, their vehicles have made great leaps in this area. Biermann is quick to give credit to his engineers, saying all they needed was a little coaching on how to make suspensions supple for good ride, yet also deliver crisp, confident handling. Kona scores at or near the top of the class on these counts.

As noted at the start, there are lots of vehicles in this price/size/functionality class to choose from. All of them have strong points.

If you don’t mind standing out from the crowd, Hyundai has just made your decision a whole lot tougher.

a car parked on the side of a mountain: 2018 Hyundai Kona Review© Provided by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited 2018 Hyundai Kona Review

2018 Hyundai Kona

BODY STYLE: four doors, five passengers, subcompact SUV. Front-wheel drive / full-time four-wheel drive.

PRICE: Essential FWD — $20,999; Essential 4WD — $22,999; Preferred FWD — $22,749; Preferred 4WD — $24,999; Luxury 4WD — $27,499; Trend 4WD — $26,899; Ultimate 4WD — $31,799.

ENGINE: Essential, Preferred, Luxury — 2.0-litre four-cylinder, double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder; Trend, Ultimate — 1.6 four-cylinder, double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, turbocharged.

POWER/TORQUE, horsepower / lb-ft.: 2.0-litre — 147 @ 6,200 r.p.m. / 132 @ 4,500 r.p.m.; 1.6-litre turbo — 175 @ 5,500 r.p.m. / 195 @ 1,500 — 4,500 r.p.m.

FUEL CONSUMPTION, Transport Canada City/Highway, l/100 km: 2.0-litre FWD — 8.6 / 7.0; 2.0-litre 4WD — 9.2 / 7.8; 1.6-litre turbo 4WD — 9.0 / 8.0.

COMPETITION:Honda HR-V; Mazda CX-3; Nissan Kicks; Toyota C-HR; at least a half-dozen others.

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<p>If you don’t like the looks of the Kona, well you’re probably not cool enough for it anyway.</p>The subcompact crossover SUV segment is the fastest-growing automotive segment with consumers practically climbing over themselves to snatch them. The manufacturers, of course, are only too happy to fulfill those requests with new models popping up like mushrooms every year.

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