2018 Hyundai Kona Specs, Release Date, Price – Not every customer needs a typical SUV space, but an elevated drive is a feature not available in the sedan. A few years back, automakers began to enter this underserved segment and created a new compact crossover class. And now Hyundai come to enliven this arena with all-new 2018 Kona.
Taken from the name of a district on the Hawaii island, the 2018 Hyundai Kona fills the gap between larger SUV and traditional hatchbacks. And as we expected from Hyundai, this will likely represent a solid grade in the class with a long list of features and advanced warranty coverage.
Inside, the 2018 Hyundai Kona interior has some cues that seem to be drawn from Mazda. On top of the dashboard there is a tablet for the infotainment system and a plastic panel from the instrument binnacle to provide a head-up display. The overall design is more conventional and less harmonious than the exterior. There is also a lot of hard plastic, which is unusual for the class.
In some reviews with pre-production versions, there was a large amount of wind and road noise, clear rear jolts on the rougher sidewalks, and slightly soft brakes. But Hyundai has a reputation for fixing such shortcomings before heading into production, so let’s hope this will be overcome. One that is not possible, the lack of headroom for rear passengers will change.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Hyundai Kona is a five passenger subcompact crossover SUV will be offered in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited and Ultimate.
Like other competitors in this class, the 2018 Hyundai Kona SE trim equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth. Stepping to the SEL model will get you a 17-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Available as an option is a forward collision warning and mitigation.
The 2018 Hyundai Kona Limited come with 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, LED headlights, single-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery and a premium audio system. The last is the Ultimate, which adds automatic wipers and high beams, the forward collision mitigation system, rear parking sensors, a driver attention alert system, lane keeping assist, a navigation system, a head-up display, an 8-inch touchscreen, a wireless charging pad and Hyundai’s Blue Link emergency telematics system.
The standard engine for the 2018 Hyundai Kona SE and SEL models is the 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 147 hp at 6,000 rpm and 132 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. It’s mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. It puts them in the line against competitors such as the Toyota C-HR (144 hp) and Honda HR-V (141 hp).
The Limited and Ultimate trim will uses a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 175 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 195 lb-ft from at 4,500 rpm. This engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and would take on the Jeep Renegade (160 hp).
All-wheel drive system is optional on all trim levels. The 2018 Hyundai Kona has three driving modes: Normal, Sport and Eco, which change the gearshift settings and torque distribution. Sport mode was programmed for greater acceleration and early downshift on braking. The Eco mode uses longer gear ratios to optimize fuel efficiency.
Price and Release Date
The all new 2018 Hyundai Kona will arrive in U.S showrooms in March 2018. There also a possibility that alternative powerplants will be available (hydrogen, EV and hybrid), but till now there are no concrete plans.
Official pricing has not yet been announced. But for reference, the Honda HR-V which will be one of the Kona direct competitors, starts at $20,405. So we’d expect the base Hyundai Kona SE to start in the same range.