2019 Hyundai Kona

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2019 Hyundai Kona
2019 Hyundai Kona

Key specs

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The good:

  • Carlike maneuverability
  • Highway poise
  • Responsive steering
  • Refined six-speed automatic
  • Room for four adults to ride in comfort
  • Easy-to-use touchscreen system

The bad:

  • Driving position not high enough for some
  • Firm, busy ride can feel brittle
  • Gas-pedal lag in Normal drive mode
  • Limited reserve power on highway (2.0-liter engine)
  • Extensive use of hard plastics in cabin
  • Unrefined air-conditioning dials

5 trims

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Notable features

  • More standard active safety features
  • Five-seat subcompact SUV
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Choice of four-cylinder engines, including a turbo
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Available Kona Electric with 258-mile range

2019 Hyundai Kona review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2019 Hyundai Kona?

The 2019 Hyundai Kona is a five-seat subcompact SUV available with a choice of gas engines or, in the Kona Electric, an all-electric drivetrain with a 258-mile EPA-estimated driving range. The standard gas engine is a 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that works with a six-speed automatic transmission; a 175-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that pairs with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is available. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are offered, but the Kona Electric is front-drive only. Competitors include the Toyota C-HR, Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V.

What’s New on the 2019 Hyundai Kona?

Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist and a driver-drowsiness monitor are now standard, as are dual front USB ports. The new Kona Electric features a 201-hp electric motor powered by a 64-kilowatt-hour battery pack. Hyundai says it takes about 9.5 hours to charge the battery on 240-volt service. Initially available only in California, the Kona Electric will be available in select Western and Northeastern states.

What Features in the 2019 Hyundai Kona Are Most Important?

Standard features include automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, heated side mirrors, a 60/40-split folding and reclining backseat, a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, Bluetooth and cruise control. Upscale available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, navigation, an Infinity premium stereo, a head-up display, wireless device charging, automatic air conditioning and push-button start.

Should I Buy the 2019 Hyundai Kona?

Kona highlights include its carlike maneuverability, highway poise and roomy interior. Its multimedia system is also easy to use. However, the Kona’s driving position might not be high enough for some people, and the base gas engine doesn’t have much reserve power for high-speed passing. We also thought the ride was a bit rough on some surfaces, so be sure to take a thorough test drive before you buy to determine whether it’ll work for you.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Starter issue

Have had trouble with car not starting. Seems the starter has a "flat spot" on it, and on occasion will not start. Battery is good, and I must turn the key up to ten times before it will "catch". Will happen up to 5 times, and then will move on and start just fine. Service unable to duplicate problem, so can't get it fixed under warranty.


Best car yet

Great looking car and fun to drive. Wanted a compact SUV and this was perfect. The turbo gives just enough pep without draining the gas tank. So happy with it, I bought two.


Sporty/ Fast Suv

Suv exceeded in some cases our expectations. Rides nice . Roomy, Very Agail in handling,keeps up with highway speeds easy.holds what we need. Great Kona Lt.

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New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
84 months/unlimited distance
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance

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