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Key specs of the base trim
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- Carlike maneuverability
- Highway poise
- Smooth six-speed automatic
- Simple touchscreen system
- 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
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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We took out the 2020 Hyundai Kona Ultimate AWD for a test drive, and explored the interior, exterior, and cargo space.
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.
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 ... Read full review
The car meets all of my needs.
The vehicle is very nice. It's the right size and fit for commuting through the city and highways. I would recommend this car for beginner drivers and small families. Read full review
The 2020 Hyundai Kona currently has 1 recall
Crash and Rollover Test Ratings
New Car Program Benefits
60 months / 60,000 miles
60 months / unlimited distance
Free Scheduled Maintenance
36 months / 36,000 miles