2018 Hyundai Kona

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Key Specs

of the 2018 Hyundai Kona. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Spacious interior
  • Sportier suspension option
  • Versatile cargo area
  • Plenty of tech features
  • Attention-grabbing colors

The Bad

  • Awkward copycat styling
  • Some cheap interior materials
  • Plastic exterior cladding

Notable Features of the 2018 Hyundai Kona

  • Subcompact front- or all-wheel-drive SUV
  • Turbocharged engine optional
  • Seats five
  • Two-tone paint available
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking available
  • Rear seat folds flat to maximize cargo room

2018 Hyundai Kona Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Hyundai is wading into the subcompact SUV wars with its new Kona. The new SUV is expected in the U.S. in early 2018.

Hyundai is somewhat late to the subcompact SUV party, which has entries from almost all major automakers, though Ford also will not have its EcoSport on sale in the U.S. until early next year. The Kona will slide into the Hyundai lineup under the Tucson compact SUV and is positioned to lift sales for Hyundai, which has seen results slip this year for its car-heavy lineup.

Exterior
The Kona is on a new platform and shows a new design flair for Hyundai, with a funky look that Hyundai says is intended to look both high-tech and capable, and designed to appeal to millennials. It has a wealth of what Hyundai calls "armor" — black cladding on all sides — that adds a rugged, outdoorsy (or urban warrior) effect. It gets a prominent version of Hyundai's "cascading" grille and an unusual front light arrangement, featuring skinny LED daytime running lights with turn signals high on the corners and the headlights in low pods flanking the grille. There is also a similar split-lighting configuration in the rear, with the slim LED taillights and pod with backup and turn signals.

Separate roof colors will allow for two-tone personalization. The overall effect is more in the distinctive direction of the Toyota C-HR subcompact or Nissan Juke and less a conventional SUV.

Interior
Hyundai says the Kona will deliver class-...

Vehicle Overview

Hyundai is wading into the subcompact SUV wars with its new Kona. The new SUV is expected in the U.S. in early 2018.

Hyundai is somewhat late to the subcompact SUV party, which has entries from almost all major automakers, though Ford also will not have its EcoSport on sale in the U.S. until early next year. The Kona will slide into the Hyundai lineup under the Tucson compact SUV and is positioned to lift sales for Hyundai, which has seen results slip this year for its car-heavy lineup.

Exterior
The Kona is on a new platform and shows a new design flair for Hyundai, with a funky look that Hyundai says is intended to look both high-tech and capable, and designed to appeal to millennials. It has a wealth of what Hyundai calls "armor" — black cladding on all sides — that adds a rugged, outdoorsy (or urban warrior) effect. It gets a prominent version of Hyundai's "cascading" grille and an unusual front light arrangement, featuring skinny LED daytime running lights with turn signals high on the corners and the headlights in low pods flanking the grille. There is also a similar split-lighting configuration in the rear, with the slim LED taillights and pod with backup and turn signals.

Separate roof colors will allow for two-tone personalization. The overall effect is more in the distinctive direction of the Toyota C-HR subcompact or Nissan Juke and less a conventional SUV.

Interior
Hyundai says the Kona will deliver class-leading space, particularly in the rear seat, thanks to a platform design that minimizes intrusion of the drivetrain and suspension components and offers a lower, flatter floor. The split-folding rear seat folds flat, and the Kona offers a two-level load floor.

The center display will "float" on the dashboard and there will be 5-, 7- and 8-inch versions, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Wireless phone charging will be available. Unusual for the class, a reflector head-up display (along the lines of the Mazda system with a clear panel on the dash) also will be offered.

Under the Hood
The Kona will offer a variety of gasoline and diesel powertrains for global markets as well as the expected electric version. Likely for the U.S. market are versions of the 2.0-liter base four-cylinder and turbocharged 1.6-liter four found in other Hyundai products. A 2.0-liter produces 147 horsepower and 132 pounds-feet of torque; Hyundai says that's good for a zero-to-62-mph time of 10 seconds. The turbo puts out 175 hp and 195 pounds-feet, with a zero-62-mph time of 7.7 seconds. The 2.0-liter will get a six-speed automatic, while the turbo engine will get Hyundai's seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive will be available. Front-drive models will get a torsion-beam rear axle; all-wheel-drive models have a multilink rear suspension.

Safety
Unlike many in this class, the Kona will offer a full suite of electronic safety technology, including a front collision prevention system with automatic braking. It also will feature lane keep assist, high-beam assist and rear cross-traffic alert. It will offer a version of blind spot warning that uses the car's radar at higher speeds to detect approaching vehicles that are out of view.


2018 Kona Video

Small crossovers and SUVs are all the rage these days. Everyone's buying one, and they're buying them more and more every single minute. Hyundai does not want to be left out of the party, which is why it has brought us this-the new 2018 Hyundai Kona.

Latest 2018 Kona Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Love it!!

by Michelle from Port St. Lucie on August 14, 2018

I love the car so far it good gas mileage, drives great, handles well and all the buttons are easy to figure out and learn. I did have one problem the wireless car charger when we left for the 3hr ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love my new Kona

by MicheleCANTON from Canton oh on August 13, 2018

It is great car for the value. Have had it 2 weeks and just love it. I would recommend this car to anyone who wants a great value. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Hyundai Kona currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Kona received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

B

Infant seat

D

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

C

Booster

(second row)

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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