Subcompact sports utility vehicles are becoming popular by the day, and many car manufacturers have at least one model under this category. They offer ample space and excellent performance, and most of the time, they possess consumption figures and the simplicity of a station wagon or a hatchback. Hyundai has its subcompact model, the Hyundai Kona, which is a show of excellence when it comes to efficiency. According to the North American Car of the Year Awards, the Kona bagged the award of the Utility Vehicle of the Year, beating 20 other models contending for the top spot. The 2020 Hyundai Kona is already cruising in the streets and exceeds the expectations of many car lovers. If interested in this model, you are in the right place as we give you ten things you did not know about it.
1. The Kona’s Exterior
The first thing that captures your attention when you spot the 2020 Kona is its slickness and simplicity. It is not ‘overdone’ like most cars under its category. It is a slight upgrade from the 2019 version, and aside from featuring a slightly streamlined frontal part, most exterior features are similar to its predecessor. The vehicle also appears buffed up on its side and has signature thin headlights that give it a touch of sportiness.
2. Its Interior
The slick exterior is a spoiler of what awaits you when you open its doors. According to Car and Driver, an automobile review site, the designers of this model did a perfect job of matching the exterior and interior essence. The car has ample space and can comfortably accommodate five passengers. The seats are comfy and sport a well-stitched leather covering, which makes the interior classy. The cargo space is decent, though when compared to other models in its category, it feels smaller.
3. Available Trims
When you peruse Hyundai’s official site, the 2021 Kona comes in five trims. They are the SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Limited and Ultimate trims. Each comes with its unique features, and you need to pick one that fits your taste and is affordable to you.
Performance looks at what the vehicle’s engine is capable of when you turn the ignition on. The SE, SEL, and SEL Plus trims sport a 2-liter MPI 4-cylinder engine under their hoods, which exudes a force of 147 horsepower. The engine works in tandem with the vehicle’s six-speed automatic transmission. The Limited and Ultimate trims are the dominant versions of the 2020 Hyundai Kona, with a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. It is capable of 175 horsepower, and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission keeps it under control. The Hyundai model is not speed-oriented though it performs well in acceleration tests managing 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.6 seconds.
5. Its Competition
There are several models under the subcompact category, and the 2020 Hyundai Kona tries to bring its top game to emerge top of the pack. Its serious competitor is the 2020 Honda Hr-V, which bears a striking resemblance to the Kona. It appears bigger and pushes the Kona out of the race when it comes to spaciousness, especially in the cargo compartment. The Hyundai beats it when it comes to power and the two tie in consumption as they have almost equal values.
6. The Electric Version
Most automobile manufacturers are trying out the electric powertrain, with most vehicles going hybrid. The 2020 Kona has an electric version in two trims, the SEL and the Limited. The two trims have different features that distinguish them from each other. However, they share some attributes such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s mile range of 258 miles per charge and a similar electric motor of 150 kilowatts, that is capable of a 201 horsepower.
7. Target Market
The new Kona model seeks to reach a broader market with its target being the United States, Portugal, and Spain. It aims at the middle-class demographic, who want a spacious car that does not also disappoint when it comes to performance. It has also identified this market due to the low consumption needs of the Kona.
If you want an economical ride, this new edition Hyundai is a suitable pick. It consumes 28 miles per gallon in city roads, and that is on the higher side. On highways, the car can go 33 miles per gallon. A look at these figures, and you get the idea that it is not hard to maintain this vehicle. When you look at its overall performance and weigh it against its consumption, you get the idea that the Hyundai Kona is an efficient automobile.
9. Safety And Driver-Assisted Features
The vehicle assures you a smooth and safe drive courtesy of its array of driver-assisted features. Some of these features include advanced frontal airbags with Occupant Classification System (OCS) and also side fitted airbags for side impacts. There is also the anti-braking system, vehicle stability management, and the tire pressure monitoring system. The blind spot collision system, lane change assist, and parking distance warning are available for all trims except SE.
10. The Price Of The 2020 Hyundai Kona
The Hyundai Kona has different price tags for each of its trims. The following are the price tags of this new edition Kona drawn from its website.
• The SE starts from $20300
• The SEL starts from $22100
• The SEL Plus costs $23950
• The Limited trim is worth $26100
• Ultimate will cost you $27950
The electric versions are costlier, and the SEL trim costs $37190, and the Limited one has a price tag of $41800.
The Hyundai Kona is a fantastic car, and looking at some of its specs; you understand why it took the 2019 price of the best utility car at the Northern American International Auto Show. It comes in several trims as well as an electric version for reduced emissions. With the ten things about this car, you know what to expect when you go for inquiries at its showroom.