2018 Hyundai Kona Review and Comparison in Albuquerque, NM

The First-Ever 2018 Hyundai Kona Blends Style, Sophistication & Simplicity

Within the crowded and very competitive subcompact sport-utility segment of today's market, there is an all-new player that just entered the game which shoppers really need to consider. Thanks to its remarkable capability, versatility, fuel-efficiency, technology and family-friendliness, the first-ever 2018 Hyundai Kona SUV is destined to truly impress the industry and indeed seems poised to surpass rivals like the Subaru Crosstrek, Jeep Renegade, Honda HR-V and the Toyota C-HR, just to name a few...

A wide variety of needs can be easily satisfied with the new Kona, as this attractive all-new crossover SUV model offers up to four varying trim levels (Kona SE, SEL, Limited and Ultimate). There are plenty of optional features and available configurations, so we are confident that your expectations will be exceed when you check it out for yourself! 

And when you also consider its affordable starting MSRP of only $19,000, the all-new Hyundai Kona becomes quite difficult to resist. 

Dramatic & Eye-Catching Style 

While the Hyundai automaker usually remains quite mild-mannered when designing the appearances of their new models, the all-new Kona brings all-new style and excitement. Front and center, the bold fascia of the Hyundai Kona quickly separates itself from the pack with an aggressive mesh grille and the complementing narrow LED lights on either side. The main headlights with high- and low-beam action square sit just below, which helps this SUV model remain modern-looking and youthful. 

From the side, the profile of the Hyundai Kona displays sweeping lines, deep curves, and dramatic angles in order to stray far away from a conventional character line. It simply looks great from all angles and sides, while the generous use of rugged body-cladding right above the wheel wells creates a somewhat sporty feel that drivers can't get enough of.

Cool color-options include Chalk White, Sonic Silver, Thunder Gray, Surf Blue, Lime Twist, Pulse Red and Ultra Black. 

Refined Interior with a Modern Flair 

Take a seat inside the all-new Hyundai Kona and you will immediately notice a wealth of high-tech creature comforts and premium amenities that go miles beyond its affordable price tag. With 5 comfortable seats and up to 113 cubic feet of interior volume, it is easy for your friends and family (even taller adults) to all pack inside this surprisingly spacious SUV model. In addition, there is plenty of cargo space back in the trunk for larger items and belongings. It really is a breeze to adjust the 60/40 split-folding seatbacks and customize your interior space to exactly how you need it.

Every time you hit the open road with your Kona, you will be kept comfortable, content and enjoying the ride. Available features like heated seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, one-touch windows, multi-zone automatic climate control, premium leather upholstery and a power-tilting sunroof will certainly make your friends quite jealous.  

Clever Technology and Seamless Infotainment

Gearing up to dominate a market that speaks clearly to younger drivers, the all-new Hyundai Kona SUV really shines regarding its technology and ability to keep you connected to your outside world. While many of its rivals will force you to climb trims and pay extra, Hyundai included the following features as standard equipment for the Kona; Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility, a 7-inch touchscreen display, and even steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. 

Those that do choose to move up trim levels will have luxuries such as an 8-speaker Infinity premium sound system, wireless smartphone charging, a larger touchscreen, and even a helpful Heads-Up Display to enjoy.

Variety of Powertrains & Driving Manners

Regardless of whether you are looking for a crossover SUV that places a focus on smooth-driving, capability in the face of harsh weather, great fuel-economy, or simply just practical power under the hood, there is a Hyundai Kona for you.

At its base, the Kona comes as a front-wheel-drive vehicle that is equipped with a lively 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and paired with a responsive six-speed automatic transmission system. Together, this powertrain provides up to 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque when you step on the gas. 

Moving up to Limited and Ultimate trims, the Hyundai Kona then gets a big boost of power with a 1.6-liter Turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a lively seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This powertrain offers 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of blistering torque for your driving thrills behind the wheel. Amazingly, a turbocharged Kona still remains very efficient, as it earned an EPA-estimated rating of 28/32/30 city/hwy/combined mpg. 

Those that would appreciate the extra confidence and capability when driving in rough weather and harsh conditions will be pleased with the available All-Wheel Drive (AWD) System belonging to the all-new Kona. 

State-of-the-Art Safety Systems 

For your upmost peace-of-mind while driving around town with your loved ones onboard, the 2018 Hyundai Kona possesses the cutting-edge safety features and driver-assist systems to help you stay well out of harm's way. Regarding standard equipment, again Hyundai has included something that many of its competitors will make you take more out of your bank account for. A versatile Rear View Monitor with parking guidance displayed right onto your touchscreen will make backing out of those tight spaces incredibly effortless, while helping you avoid unseen obstacles altogether. Believe it or not, this indeed comes standard. 

With Hyundai's Tech Package for the SEL trim, our customers can opt for features like Lane-Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, and even Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist! 

America's Best Warranty 

As if you needed any additional peace-of-mind in your purchase, the all-new Hyundai Kona also boasts another exceptional standard feature. And that is the inclusion of the Hyundai Assurance warranty, which the brand brags is the best warranty in the entire country.

  • 10-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty
  • 5-Year/60,000-Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty
  • 5-Year/Unlimited Miles 24-hour Roadside Assistance

Come Take a Test-Drive For Yourself

If you have been thinking that a crossover SUV simply cannot offer enough space, power, or stuff that you want, then you really need to give the first-ever 2018 Hyundai Kona a fair chance to prove you wrong before looking elsewhere.