Crossover & Midsize

Actually, the Hyundai Kona Is Worth Your Attention

In the world of compact SUVs, people keep looking at the Nissan Kicks, Kia Soul, or Jeep Renegade instead of the Hyundai Kona, which is a shame, because the 2020 Hyundai Kona is underrated. 

Is the Hyundai Kona a good SUV? 

Yes, the Hyundai Kona is a great SUV. It starts around $20k, making it an economical choice against rivals such as the Ford EcoSport that starts around $19,995 and other compact options. Meanwhile, the Jeep Renegade starts around $22k. 

A Hyundai Kona parked outside a building
Hyundai Kona | Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Also, the Hyundai Kona has a pretty good fuel economy. It gets up to 28 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, making it an excellent option for a daily driver and road trips. Plus, despite being a cheaper option, the 2020 Hyundai Kona provides value with a quality interior and advanced tech to make it feel like a more expensive option. 

2020 Hyundai Kona performance 

The 2020 Hyundai Kona has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder base engine that provides 146 horsepower, however, upgrading to the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will give you 175 horsepower. Also, the Hyundai Kona can tow up to 1,104 lb. So, it can tow small trailers if needed. 

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The Hyundai Kona can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds, providing a sporty ride. Edmunds praised the Hyundai Kona for having nimble handling and excellent control around curves. Plus, it’s smaller size makes it easy to park and maneuver. 

Hyundai Kona driving down country road
Hyundai Kona

If you need to drive in snow or want to traverse up gravel roads, get your Hyundai Kona with the optional all-wheel-drive system. The innovative AWD system enhances traction to prevent slipping. Plus, the high ground clearance and center of gravity in the Hyundai Kona improve its ability in the snow. 

2020 Hyundai Kona features 

The Hyundai Kona has a comfortable interior with the use of hard plastics, but the materials don’t feel cheap. The front row and rear seat also have enough space for adults to sit comfortably. However, if the driver is tall, legroom behind the driver’s seat might be limited. 

2019 Hyundai Kona driving in the country
2019 Hyundai Kona | Hyundai

There are 19.2 cubic inches of cargo space behind the rear seats with up to 45.8” of space total. The wide load makes the trunk easy to use, but the center console is small, and the doors only have cup holders. Storage space for smaller items is limited. 

Also, the Hyundai Kona is loaded with tech. It can connect to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the optional head’s up display shows crucial trip information, such as turn by turn navigation. 

A hybrid Hyundai Kona on display
A hybrid Hyundai Kona Manfred Schmid/Getty Images)

As an IIHS top safety pick, the 2020 Hyundai Kona is loaded with standard safety features. You get driver attention warning, forward collision avoidance, lane-keeping assistance, and electronic stability control. Each trim above the base model also comes with rear-cross traffic alert and blind-spot warning. 

Best of all, the warranty of 5 years or the first 60,000 miles is unmatched. You also get complimentary maintenance for the first three years of 36,000 miles of ownership. The 2020 Hyundai Kona is a great deal.