Subcompact crossover segment is getting one more, we dare to say, really good player. Yes, Hyundai’s magnificent Kona high-riding car has been revealed a few moment ago, and even though we haven’t driven it, we can say already that deserves one of the highest places in its class. As you may notice, the Korean carmaker didn’t make any smaller copy of the existing SUVs. Instead, they made a handsome and attractive vehicle with a unique exterior styling, which will probably be a model for Hyundai’s future high-riding vehicles. However, the 2018 Hyundai Kona isn’t just the awesome-looking crossover without anything else. No, the subcompact offers plenty of useful features inside, as well as a range of interesting options under the hood.
Specs, Equipment, and Styling
The 2018 Kona is 164.0 inches long, 70.9 inches wide, and 61.0 inches tall crossover. Plus, it rides on a 102.4-inch wheelbase. The dimensions are almost class-leading, so there should be plenty of room inside. Speaking of the cab, you will find an interesting yet simple dash layout with a dominant and floating infotainment screen, which provides plenty of useful options. Of course, the manufacturer offered several dimensions of the touchscreen, so you can pick what suits you best between 5-, 7-, and 8-inch. The overall feel can be boosted with a head-up display that comes as an option or with a range of other available features such as navigation, a rearview camera, a head-up display, in-car data, smartphone wireless charging, Bluetooth with audio streaming, or HD and satellite radio.
The exterior styling seems to be the strongest card of the 2018 Hyundai Kona, especially the front end. The nose gets a handsome cascade grille treatment and unique LED headlights. Plus there is a pair of separated running lamps, also LED. The hood and roof make the subcompact really attractive and dynamic, while the bulky rear end sports pretty gorgeous and slim taillights. The two-tone treatment isn’t something that the Korean carmaker made up, but it’s definitely one more plus of the styling.
Although it isn’t too uncommon to see the same vehicle with totally different engine options for Europe and America, we were expecting certain interweaving here. However, that’s won’t be a case with the 2018 Kona. Instead, the European model offers 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol and 1.6-liter diesel engines.
On the other hand, here in North America, Hyundai’s new subcompact comes paired either with a 2.0-liter Atkinson engine or with a 1.6-liter turbo GDI unit. Even though it features a higher displacement, the 2.0-liter inline-4 provides “just” 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque and come mated to a six-speed auto transmission. As for the turbo option, the engine generates 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque with powers either front of all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
In case you think that this is all from the Korean carmaker, think twice because they are working on the 2019 Hyundai Kona EV as well. The all-electric crossover isn’t ready yet, but we know what’s cooking for the next year. According to information we have, the upcoming vehicle will be ready early next year and will get an impressive driving range of 242 miles. Taking into account that there is no other rival except the Chevrolet Bolt with its 238 miles on a single charge, it’s quite clear that there will be no better subcompact crossover EV.
Still, in contrast to the base gasoline model which will cost around $20,000, the 2018 Kona EV will be priced significantly more, probably at around $35,000.