2020 Hyundai Kona

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$20,300

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2020 Hyundai Kona
2020 Hyundai Kona

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

5 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2020 Hyundai Kona trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 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

2020 Hyundai Kona review: Our expert's take

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

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

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Great Kona SEL Plus

I got my 2020 Kona SEL Plus when they were getting in the 2021 Kona's in. They gave me a a great deal. They went back and forth with my husband and asked him to write down a price and they accepted. I love this car and takes me where I need to go and had a lot of pick up and go. The SEL Plus is loaded, but I think they now make a different trim. If you buy one you will love it. No problems so far, but I only have 8,000 miles on it. Will be 2 years old November 30, 2022. I'm retired so don't have to travel back in forth to work everyday. The only issue so far is the trunk is really small, but it still works for me.

4.6

Excellent Crossover

So I used to own a Toyota IA I thought it was going to be a really fun sporty car, but none of the stuff that you would have thought you would have gotten with that car was there Fast forward. My wife and I are driving one day and I saw this car that looked fantastic and very unique. It wasn't until 2 months later that we saw it again and found out it was a Hyundai Kona. Si we went in and I got the 2021 Hyundai Kona and my wife was so impressed with it, she got the 2022 Hyundai Kona. It's not the greatest on gas mileage as you would need a hybrid if you're really looking for great gas mileage. But everything else about the car is truly outstanding. And last but not least I can't believe how many people have asked me what kind of car is that that looks really nice.

4.4

Good Value!

Solid value! Milage exceeds 35 mpg on highways & around 24 in City driving. Highly reliable car. The only complaint I have is that the back seats don't have much legroom. I especially like the dashboard console, which is easy to read and operate! Back space with seats down is surprisingly roomy!

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Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
84 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
120 months/100,000 miles
Maintenance
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance

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