2022 Hyundai Kona

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 Editors' Pick
Autoblog Rating
7.5

The Kona N is a silly and fun car to drive, and while its interior is subpar, being behind the wheel is going to make any enthusiast smile.

Industry
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This is really a review about three cars, maybe four. Although all fall under the umbrella of 2022 Hyundai Kona and all share a common, funky, subcompact SUV look, they are decidedly different in terms of their purpose and how they’re powered. For most buyers, “the Hyundai Kona” is a subcompact SUV with a modest engine, a modest price and a generous amount of equipment and warranty coverage. It stands out from the crowd with its distinctive styling, user-friendly tech and a driving experience that’s surprisingly fun (on the other hand, it’s also one of the least spacious in its segment). It’s one of our top-recommended subcompact SUVs. Then things get really interesting. As fun as the base Kona can be, there’s a 1.6-liter turbo engine upgrade available that ups power to a level that few rivals get close to approaching, let alone surpassing. It comes standard on the Limited, pictured above, as well as the new-for-2022 Kona N-Line, which really leans into the Kona’s sporty vibe. The also-new 2022 Kona N, meanwhile, not only leans into it, but fully immerses itself and rolls around in a joyous celebration of silly power, boisterous noise and hot hatch handling. It’s a riot. And finally, there’s the 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric, which is one of your best bets among lower-priced EVs. It has an ample 258 miles of range, in part because it’s one of the most efficient EVs, and is similarly a joy to drive ­– just in a much quieter way. In other words, no matter which of the Kona flavors you consider, know that you’re looking at one of our favorites in its respective segment. Interior & Technology   |   Passenger & Cargo Space   |   Performance & Fuel Economy What it's like to drive   |   Pricing & Features   |   Crash Ratings & Safety Features What's new for 2022? The high-performance Kona N is introduced and it’s a hoot. Think of it as a kinda-tall hot hatch. The also-new Kona N Line isn’t nearly as hot, but it at least looks sportier than other trim levels that retain a more SUV-like look. The carry-over Kona models, including the Electric, get updated styling and a slightly different interior. For the latter, the outboard air vents are now round, the center console slightly disconnected from the dash above and, more notably, the 10.25-inch widescreen infotainment display found elsewhere in the Hyundai lineup is now available on top trim levels. Hyundai also says the cargo space and back seat legroom have increased, but only by a tiny amount. In terms of mechanical upgrades, the base engine is now paired with Hyundai’s “IVT” continuously variable transmission, while the suspension of non-N models is updated for sharper handling and a better ride. What are the Kona interior and in-car technology like? For the money and for this humble segment, the Kona interior is just fine. Plastics are unremarkable and the design is a bit blah, especially since Hyundai no longer offers vibrantly colored trim options or …
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This is really a review about three cars, maybe four. Although all fall under the umbrella of 2022 Hyundai Kona and all share a common, funky, subcompact SUV look, they are decidedly different in terms of their purpose and how they’re powered. For most buyers, “the Hyundai Kona” is a subcompact SUV with a modest engine, a modest price and a generous amount of equipment and warranty coverage. It stands out from the crowd with its distinctive styling, user-friendly tech and a driving experience that’s surprisingly fun (on the other hand, it’s also one of the least spacious in its segment). It’s one of our top-recommended subcompact SUVs. Then things get really interesting. As fun as the base Kona can be, there’s a 1.6-liter turbo engine upgrade available that ups power to a level that few rivals get close to approaching, let alone surpassing. It comes standard on the Limited, pictured above, as well as the new-for-2022 Kona N-Line, which really leans into the Kona’s sporty vibe. The also-new 2022 Kona N, meanwhile, not only leans into it, but fully immerses itself and rolls around in a joyous celebration of silly power, boisterous noise and hot hatch handling. It’s a riot. And finally, there’s the 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric, which is one of your best bets among lower-priced EVs. It has an ample 258 miles of range, in part because it’s one of the most efficient EVs, and is similarly a joy to drive ­– just in a much quieter way. In other words, no matter which of the Kona flavors you consider, know that you’re looking at one of our favorites in its respective segment. Interior & Technology   |   Passenger & Cargo Space   |   Performance & Fuel Economy What it's like to drive   |   Pricing & Features   |   Crash Ratings & Safety Features What's new for 2022? The high-performance Kona N is introduced and it’s a hoot. Think of it as a kinda-tall hot hatch. The also-new Kona N Line isn’t nearly as hot, but it at least looks sportier than other trim levels that retain a more SUV-like look. The carry-over Kona models, including the Electric, get updated styling and a slightly different interior. For the latter, the outboard air vents are now round, the center console slightly disconnected from the dash above and, more notably, the 10.25-inch widescreen infotainment display found elsewhere in the Hyundai lineup is now available on top trim levels. Hyundai also says the cargo space and back seat legroom have increased, but only by a tiny amount. In terms of mechanical upgrades, the base engine is now paired with Hyundai’s “IVT” continuously variable transmission, while the suspension of non-N models is updated for sharper handling and a better ride. What are the Kona interior and in-car technology like? For the money and for this humble segment, the Kona interior is just fine. Plastics are unremarkable and the design is a bit blah, especially since Hyundai no longer offers vibrantly colored trim options or …
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Retail Price

$21,300 - $30,100 MSRP / Window Sticker Price
Engine 1.6L I-4, 2.0L I-4
MPG Up to 30 city / 35 highway
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 7-spd auto-shift man w/OD, Smartstream IVT 2-spd CVT w/OD
Power 147 - 195 hp
Drivetrain all wheel, front-wheel
Curb Weight 2,899 - 3,271 lbs
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