Domestic Cars Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Hyundai Kona

Hyundai’s on a roll of late, churning out character-rich products that not only look great but also drive nicely, and the subcompact Kona is the latest in the series. Its daring styling charms onlookers and avoids appearing busy despite its multifaceted sheetmetal. The cabin packs just enough of the exterior’s whimsy to tie the whole together without being—as the kids say—extra. The Kona isn’t the most practical SUV available, but that’s forgivable considering how good the rest of this package is. Of the Kona’s two available engines, we sampled the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder and were impressed by its performance. Not only is the Kona fun to look at, it’s also fun to drive. Well done, Hyundai—again. Texan Ride will locate you Domestic Cars Hyundai Kona for low price contact our sales team at (972)546-3822.

Domestic Cars Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Hyundai Kona
Domestic Cars Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Hyundai Kona

What’s New for 2018?

The Kona is an all-new Hyundai for 2018 and slides into the lineup as the junior crossover below the compact Tucson and the mid-size Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. Its offbeat styling turns heads, especially when accented by the Kona’s signature color—Lime Twist.

Domestic Cars Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Hyundai Kona
Domestic Cars Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Hyundai Kona

Trims and Options We’d Choose

Hyundai offers the Kona in four distinct trims—SE, SEL, Limited, and Ultimate—but the Limited trim level strikes the best balance of price and equipment. It automatically adds the energetic turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four and dresses up the exterior with the same 18-inch wheels and other design flourishes shown on the top-spec Ultimate model. The Limited trim also includes desirable features such as:

• Leather seats with eight-way power adjustments for the driver
• Power sunroof and front fog lights
• Single-zone automatic climate control

With front-wheel drive, the Kona Limited is value packed at $25,680; all-wheel drive adds $1300, but otherwise there are no option packages for this trim level that will drive up the price.

Domestic Cars Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Hyundai Kona

Engine and Transmission

Two powertrains are available with the Kona: SE and SEL trims come with a 147-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic transmission, but Limited and Ultimate models are powered by the considerably peppier 175-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, but both engines can be had with optional all-wheel drive.

We’ve not yet had a chance to test a lower-level Kona with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but our experience with that engine in the larger Hyundai Tucson tells us it will provide sufficient, if not exactly thrilling, acceleration. With the turbo four, our Kona Ultimate test vehicle scampered from zero to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, just 0.1 second behind the rapid Kia Soul Exclaim equipped with a more powerful 201-hp version of the same 1.6-liter engine. In the real world, the Kona often doesn’t feel as fleet as the numbers suggest. The turbocharger needs time to come online at lower engine speeds, where its gusto is merely adequate. You’ll encounter that situation often in normal traffic. The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic shifts quickly and smoothly once you’re rolling, but it stumbles at low speed in parking lots and in bumper-to-bumper traffic, engaging and disengaging first gear hesitantly until the driver offers more throttle input.

Domestic Cars Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Hyundai Kona
Domestic Cars Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Hyundai Kona

Hyundai’s designers managed the tough task of bringing the charm of the Kona’s exterior design to the cabin while maintaining comfort and convenience. Quality materials, good ergonomics, and comfortable seats feel grown up and refined but not out of step with the Kona’s funkadelic outward appearance.

Interior Space Comparisons

The Kona’s front seat is one of the roomiest in this bunch, but its back-seat space is pinched in comparison with the Honda HR-V and the Kia Soul. In reality, the second row seems reasonably spacious for two adults, but it would be wise to warn tall passengers to watch their heads when getting in or out.

Domestic Cars Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Hyundai Kona
Domestic Cars Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Hyundai Kona

Hyundai Group is a multinational (conglomerate) headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. It was founded by Chung Ju-yung in 1947 as a construction firm and Chung was directly in control of the company until his death in 2001.

Following the 1997 East Asian financial crisis and Chung’s death, Hyundai underwent a major restructuring and break-up, which reduced the Hyundai Group’s business to encompass only container shipping services, the manufacturing of lifts, and tourism. Today, most companies bearing the name Hyundai are not legally connected to Hyundai Group. They include Hyundai Motor Group, Hyundai Department Store Group, Hyundai Heavy Industries Group and Hyundai Development Company. However, most of the former subsidiaries of the Hyundai conglomerate continue to be run by relatives of Chung. If these companies were considered as forming a single broad family business, then it would remain the largest company in South Korea with enormous economic and political power in the country. Texan Ride will locate you Domestic Cars Hyundai Kona for low price contact our sales team at (972)546-3822.

Domestic Cars Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Hyundai Kona