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2020 Hyundai Kona

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$20,300 — $29,350 MSRP
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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
  • Nimble
  • Smooth six-speed automatic
  • Simple touchscreen system

The Bad

  • Driving position not high enough for some
  • Firm, busy ride
  • Gas-pedal lag in Normal drive mode
  • Base engine's limited power reserves
  • Extensive use of hard plastics in cabin
2020 Hyundai Kona exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Hyundai Kona
  • Five-seat subcompact SUV
  • Quirky exterior design
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Choice of four-cylinder engines, including turbo
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Available Kona Electric with 258-mile range

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2020 Hyundai Kona Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2020 Hyundai Kona?

The Hyundai Kona is a five-seat subcompact SUV, though from the outside you might think its proportions are more wagon-like in terms of height and size. This can be an advantage driving in a crowded city center, but the SUV’s unusual exterior design is polarizing.

Available with a choice of gas engines, the Kona is also offered with an all-electric drivetrain; the aptly named Kona Electric delivers 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 works with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is also available. While gas Konas can have front- or all-wheel drive, the Kona Electric is front-drive only. Competitors include the Kia Soul, Nissan Rogue Sport and Honda HR-V.

What’s New on the 2020 Hyundai Kona?

The high-end Ultimate trim level gains adaptive cruise control. SEL Plus and higher versions get a 4.2-inch color multi-information display, wireless charging and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Meanwhile, the Kona Electric adds an available battery warmer, and its Ultimate trim gets a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen.

What Features in the 2020 Hyundai Kona Are Most Important?

You get a lot for your money with the Kona. Standard features include automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, Bluetooth and cruise control. To make your Kona more luxurious, available comfort touches include leather seating, heated front seats, navigation, an Infinity stereo and wireless device charging.

Should I Buy the 2020 Hyundai Kona?

The 2020 Kona is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a smaller SUV with car-like manners. While the base engine’s power is modest, the turbo four-cylinder provides an extra jolt of performance. For early tech adopters, the Kona Electric has the range needed to make it a viable daily driver, but it’s only offered in certain regions of the country.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
35 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

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(5.0)

I love my newly leased 2020 Hyundai Kona

by Max from Centennial on February 18, 2020

The car meets the needs of a single person or couple because of it's size, style and content. I've been a Hyundai user/owner for several years with their Sonata Hybrid, Sonata 2.0 turbo, and Elantra ... Read full review

(5.0)

Wonderful SUV, fast (I have the turbo)and sporty.

by DonnyB from STANCHFIELD on February 12, 2020

I purchased it as a retirement vehicle for normal day-to-day driving and hauling the grandkids around. The cargo space is small but I have a full size truck as well so this really wasn't an issue to ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Hyundai Kona currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 Hyundai Kona has not been tested.

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

Latest 2020 Kona Stories

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

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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