2018 Hyundai Kona Comes With Four Trims: First Drive Review

2018 Hyundai Kona comes with four trims, the latest addition to the popular subcompact crossover SUV class boasts a little more cargo space than a Hyundai Elantra.

The brand new 2018 Hyundai Kona is available in both front- and all-wheel drive. Atkinson-cycle Nu 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque that’s paired with a six-speed automatic.


2018 Hyundai Kona comes with four trims: SE, SEL, Limited and Ultimate. The SE and SEL feature a rearview camera and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The soft and attractive interior of the Hyundai Kona includes everything the driver needs is within easy reach. There is a standard seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system and an eight-incher comes on the Ultra trim level.  The car also includes automatic climate control, audio information, a full-color head-up display a screen that automatically folds up from the steering column, and a wireless charging pad.

Kona is just over a foot shorter than Hyundai’s own Tucson and a bit smaller inside than the Honda HR-V.  A total length of 164 inches, a 102.4-inch wheelbase, 70.9-inch width, and 61-inch height puts the car in line with other competitors.

Behind the Kona’s rear seats is a 19.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity or as much as 45.8 cu-ft with those seats folded down.

The car features blind-spot, a (fairly rudimentary) driver attention alerting system, collision-avoidance with pedestrian detection, lane-keep, and automatic high-beam assists.

Kona is in a race with other competitors including HR-V, the Mazda CX-5, and the Toyota C-HR. 2018 Hyundai Kona’s MSRPs will start at a reasonable $19,500 for the base FWD SE trim and increase to $27,400.