The 2020 Hyundai Kona won't be for everyone. It's pretty small, it's a bit weird and if you're looking for that tall, commanding view of the road, you'd better look somewhere else. Yet, in the rapidly expanding realm of subcompact crossovers, the Kona shines like few others by doing the basics well and augmenting them with driving fun and character. For the basics, it has simple controls, lots of features at a reasonable price and the option of all-wheel drive, which isn't a given in this class. It's also quite efficient for a crossover, but that's the case for most in the segment. What isn't is the Kona's available turbo engine that provides swift acceleration while its competitors range somewhere from slow to glacial. There's also the well-executed Kona Electric that doubles down on both the efficiency and performance fronts. Regardless of engine, though, every Kona's genuinely agile handling will help keep you energized during your daily drive. The fun styling inside and out should help on that front, too. So, even if a 2020 Kona isn't the best for everyone, they should at least give it a shot. What's new for 2020? The former SEL with Tech Package trim gets a snazzier name for 2020: SEL Plus. To inaugurate it, Hyundai bequeathed it the color instrument display and wireless charging capability previously only available on the range-topping Ultimate. That trim gains adaptive cruise control for 2020, while both the Ultimate and Limited trims can be festooned with Sunset Orange interior trim (though only with a Sunset Orange exterior). Sadly, Tony Stark aficionados will lament the discontinuation of the Iron Man Edition. What's the Kona's interior and in-car technology like? Most interior plastics are unremarkable, even for this segment. The design itself also isn't the most interesting, but there are at least varying textures that help break up the monotony. So too can the standard houndstooth upholstery (turbo models get plain black leather) as well as the Lime Twist or Sunset Orange highlights offered on upper trim levels. Sadly, those are exclusive to similarly hued exteriors. The Kona Electric stands out with lighter dash and door colors, including an available two-tone color scheme of creme and blue. It also has a unique rising center console with an electronic shifter and different storage. With either design, the low dash offers good visibility, the steering wheel sufficiently adjusts, and upper trims benefit from a power driver seat that provides more adjustability than most in the segment. The driving position is also higher than a car, but we wouldn't say you get the "commanding view" of the road like you'd get in a bigger crossover. One of the Kona's major perks is the easy-to-use infotainment system. As in other Hyundai products, it combines a touchscreen, plenty of physical shortcut buttons, and importantly, physical volume and tuning knobs. The user interface isn't the prettiest, but it's easy to read and comprehend, and it responds quickly. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard features on …
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