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2019 Hyundai Kona

2019 Hyundai Kona

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$12,670 — $33,719 NEW and USED
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SUV
5 Seats
27-30 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2019 Hyundai Kona exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Hyundai Kona
  • 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

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2019 Hyundai Kona Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

What drivers are saying

4.7
138 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Worth it!!!

by Ky from Bay Area ca on July 27, 2020

This car is great subcompact suv. It is great to have for mild off-roading and gets great gas mileage for commuting as well! Decent storage space and has a little kick of power when in sport mode! Read full review

(5.0)

Great car

by CAROL from Taunton,Ma on June 24, 2020

I really like this car it is just the right size .I have had SUVs for years & l love them but as I am getting older I decided I still wanyed an Suv but maybe a little smaller the Kona fit the bill & ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Hyundai Kona currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2019 Hyundai Kona SE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
poor

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Hyundai

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

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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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