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2020 Hyundai Kona SE Auto FWD - front view

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Top Features of Base Model

  • Standard automatic emergency braking standard for 2019
  • Twin USB ports added in front console
  • Kona Electric with 258 miles of range joins lineup
  • Expressive styling
  • Generous equipment levels
  • Intuitive infotainment system
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Hyundai Kona: Everything You Need to Know

About the Hyundai Kona:

The 2019 Hyundai Kona, now in its second year, is the smallest crossover utility vehicle offered by the Korean carmaker, now in its second model year. It’s really more a compact hatchback with available all-wheel drive than it is an small SUV. You won’t go rock-climbing alongside Jeeps in the Kona, but that’s not what buyers are looking for.

As a small, but practical vehicle for urban driving or commuting use, the Kona is generously well equipped for the price. A new battery-electric model this year has generated a lot of demand, but this model will only be seen for sale in certain states (think California). A choice of two engines and all-wheel drive with either version one lets buyers pick the powertrain that best matches their needs.

Hyundai’s 10ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty stands out in the market, as does the provision of five years of free roadside assistance with every new Hyundai.

What’s new in the 2019 Hyundai Kona?

The 2019 Hyundai Kona adds automatic emergency braking as standard equipment this year, making it one of only a few cars this small in this class to provide this safety feature on all trim levels.

The fully electric Hyundai Kona Electric is also new for 2019, with an EPA range rating of 258 miles. That’s more than any electric car that doesn’t say Tesla.

The Kona otherwise carries over its running gear:

  • The standard powertrain is a 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission
  • Buyers can step up to an optional 175-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter four, paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automated gearbox
  • All-wheel drive is optional with both engines, but it drops the EPA gas-mileage rating from 30 mpg combined to 27 mpg for both
  • The new 2019 Kona Electric has a battery capacity of 64.0 kilowatt-hours, which. It powers a 150-kilowatt (201-horsepower) electric motor driving the front wheels only.

What does the 2019 Hyundai Kona compete with?

The 2019 Hyundai Kona competes in the fast-growing segment of crossover utilities smaller than today’s “compact” crossovers, a class that has grown considerably over the past ten years.

Kona competitors include:

Like subcompact and compact small hatchback cars, the smallest subcompact utility vehicles often serve as entry vehicles models for first-time buyers, basic transport for thrifty buyers, and family commuter cars. The choice of features and trim level may depend on whether a Kona is bought to be a primary vehicle or a second or third car.

Exterior design of the 2019 Hyundai Kona

The Kona is one of Hyundai’s most expressive vehicles, with lots of stylistic styling cues that keep it from looking like just another small economy hatchback. Large wheels and tires, a slightly higher ride height, and lots of rubber cladding, and grilles, and vents give it a more butch appearance.

Particularly in some of the brighter colors—lime green or orange, say—these effects really stand out. Some buyers might view them as overdone, but that’s easily fixed. The dark-grey rubber cladding and the various grilles and scoops simply vanish into the overall shape when the car is painted charcoal or black.

The Kona Electric has a smoothed-off front end with a dimpled blanking plate where the grille would be. It tones down the design somewhat, and we tend to think it’s the best-looking version.

Interior style in the 2019 Hyundai Kona

While the 2019 Kona may be noticeable striking on the outside, once you’re inside the cabin, you’ll find Hyundai’s usual well-made, tasteful interior. A small number of accents and unique shapes in the dash, console, and door panels indicate this is a car for younger buyers. But they don’t interfere with the main functions.

There’s more hard plastic in the Kona than in bigger, pricier Hyundai utility vehicles, but it’s not offensively cheap-looking. The same applies to the standard cloth seats. There’s also less glossy

black trim, which is a good thing. Higher trim levels come with two-tone upholstery options and a range of power accessories that give the little utility vehicle a more upscale feel.

Four adults can ride in a Kona, but rear-seat legroom is very tight. It’s technically possible to fit in five people, but no one will be happy in the back. It’s really more suited for a couple people with small children or drivers who may keep one or both rear seatbacks down. If you carry four people on a regular basis, the compact Hyundai Tucson is a better bet.

Cargo space is 19.2 cubic feet behind the rear seat, or 45.8 cubic feet with the seatbacks folded. Interior storage space for oddments, and phones, and drinks, and so forth is among the best in small vehicles.

What Technology Comes in the 2019 Hyundai Kona?

Hyundai has made its reputation on providing value for money, even in its smallest vehicles. The 2019 Hyundai Kona comes standard with features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as Bluetooth for phone pairing, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Higher trim levels add standard and optional features like keyless entry, satellite radio, blind-spot monitors, power front seats, and a sunroof. A larger 8.0-inch touchscreen comes with the highest Ultimate trim level, as does a head-up display—something just not seen on a car vehicle this small until recently.

As always, the Hyundai interface is clean, intuitive, and easy to navigate. Phone pairing is easy, and drivers will likely find the option they’re looking for next without having to search through menus and options.

What Safety Features are in the 2019 Hyundai Kona?

The 2019 Hyundai Kona has been chosen as a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It gets the highest rating of “Good” on all crash tests, and its sole demerit is a “Marginal” rating for the ease of use of its LATCH child-seat anchors. The optional LED headlights also get the top IIHS rating, though not the standard lights.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also gives the 2019 Kona top ratings, with its highest level of five stars for all crash tests.

For 2019, the Kona comes standard with automatic emergency braking as well as forward -collision alert on all trim levels. Active lane control has been standard since launch, and all-wheel drive is a $1,300 option for wintry climates. Blind-spot monitors are standard on the SEL trim level and up.

What is the 2019 Hyundai Kona like to drive?

The 2019 Hyundai Kona has comfortable front seats, and outward visibility is good to the front, but only about average over your shoulder and to the rear. On the road, the standard engine isn’t very fast, but it’s smoother than the optional -turbo four.

In particular, the more powerful engine isn’t smoothly well mated to the automated manual shifts of its dual-clutch transmission. That means its shifts can hesitate, and as the turbo spools up to provide more power, the driver will need to practice to deliver get smooth acceleration from a stop. as the turbo begins to provide more power.

Handling and road-holding are about average in front-wheel-drive form. B, but the extra-cost all-wheel drive system gives an extra added margin of road feel and confidence. AWD delivers extra traction, but it also seems to provide a smoother ride.

Should I buy a 2019 Hyundai Kona?

The 2019 Hyundai Kona offers is available in a version for most buyers. Commuters can get a basic front-wheel-drive model, while those who it use their main vehicle can get a nicer interior, lots of optional bells and whistles, and features simply not previously found on a car this small. in earlier years. It provides good value for money, and Hyundai’s warranty and free roadside assistance can’t be matched at this price.

Should I buy a used Hyundai Kona? Are there any I should avoid?

The Hyundai Kona only came into the market as a 2018 model, so few used ones are likely to be available. But as they begin to come off leases, certified used Konas should start to become available at a good price.

How much does the new 2019 Hyundai Kona cost?

The base price of a 2019 Hyundai Kona SE with front-wheel drive is just under $20,000$21,035, including delivery charge. Above that are three more trim levels: SEL, Limited, and Ultimate. All-wheel drive is a $1,300 option, and the more powerful 1.6-liter turbo engine costs more. At the very top of the range, the most expensive Kona Ultimate AWD with every possible option will take you over $30,000.

The Kona Electric comes in three trim levels: SEL, Limited, and Ultimate. Note that the features it bundles into those trims differ from the list for the gasoline versions. A base Kona Electric SEL starts at $32,45037,495, including delivery charge, with the Ultimate a whopping $8,200 more. A high-end Kona Electric Ultimate can sticker above $45,000. The electric Kona, however, is eligible for a $7,500 federal income-tax credit and a $2,500 California purchase rebate, among numerous other state and local incentives.

All Kona prices are before the mandatory $1,045 delivery charge. The gasoline versions offer good value for money when dealer discounts are factored in. Demand for the electric version is likely to exceed supply in the few states where it’s offered, so deals may be harder to find on that model. there.

Pros and Cons of the 2020 Hyundai Kona


  • All-wheel drive available across the range
  • Intuitive infotainment system among the best
  • Ten-year/100,000-mileK powertrain warranty, plus five years of free roadside assistance
  • Excellent 258-mile range rating for Kona Electric


  • ‘Expressive’ exterior styling not to everyone’s liking
  • Rear-seat legroom minimal
  • Base engine is slow
  • Electric version only marketed in a few states
Model History

The history of the Hyundai Kona: Two years of Kona

The Hyundai Kona was launched as a 2018 model and is now in its second model year. Changes thus far have been few: automatic emergency braking was made standard for 2019, and the 258-mile Kona Electric was added to the range.

Specs & Key Features of the 2020 Hyundai Kona


Body Style
Sport Utility
2.0L Atkinson I-4
147 hp
6-Speed Automatic
Passenger Doors
Passenger Seating
Front Wheel Drive
City MPG

Key Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Audio
  • Back Up Camera
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise Control
  • LCD Monitor
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Tinted Glass

More Features

  • Engine: 2.0L Atkinson I-4 -inc: cover and hood insulator
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
  • 3.510 Axle Ratio
  • GVWR: 3,979 lbs
  • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and SHIFTRONIC Sequential Shift Control
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • 150 Amp Alternator
  • SACHS Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front Anti-Roll Bar
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • 13.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Descent Control and Hill Hold Control
  • Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential
  • Wheels: 16" Alloy
  • Tires: 16" All-Season
  • Wheels w/Silver Accents
  • Steel Spare Wheel
  • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Black Rear Bumper w/Body-Colored Bumper Insert
  • Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
  • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Rear Window Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Manual Folding
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
  • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Black Grille
  • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Lights Preference Setting Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Radio: AM/FM Audio System -inc: 7" LCD touchscreen display, 3.5" monochromatic multi-information display, 6 speakers, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Siri and Google Now support, dual front USB outlets (1x data/charge, 1x charge only) and aux input jack
  • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls
  • Streaming Audio
  • Integrated Roof Antenna
  • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
  • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: driver seat w/height adjustment
  • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
  • Front Cupholder
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Manual Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
  • Illuminated Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Front Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering
  • Carpet Floor Trim
  • Rigid Cargo Cover
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Trip Computer
  • Digital/Analog Display
  • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
  • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Air Filtration
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
  • Lane Keep Assist (LKA) Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Keep Assist (LKA) Lane Departure Warning
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

Warranty Options for the 2020 Hyundai Kona (4)










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Safety Ratings for the 2020 Hyundai Kona

US NHTSA Crash Test Results

Results shown are for the 2020 Hyundai Kona SE Auto FWD:

Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

Dynamic Test Result

No Tip

Risk of Rollover


Rollover Note

Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.


Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.