June 16, 2024
SUVs & Crossovers

Review of the 2024 Hyundai Kona: Increased Size, Improved Features, and Expanded Electric Choices

Advantages: Great technology; enjoyable driving experience; option for turbo engine upgrade and electric model; increased space in the new generation

Disadvantages: Lack of wireless smartphone connection with upgrade system; no federal tax credit for Electric model; absence of Kona N model (for now)

The 2024 Hyundai Kona marks a significant step forward in the subcompact crossover segment. While the lineup has been streamlined to two models for 2024 (goodbye Kona N), the new generation offers more space, enhanced technology, and a range of electric powertrain options.

Despite being a new model, the Kona retains the characteristics that made the first generation popular. It remains a joy to drive, especially in the more powerful configurations. The vehicle is equipped with user-friendly and well-designed technology. Additionally, it still offers great value as an entry-level vehicle in Hyundai’s lineup.

The Kona Electric is back, now available with a choice between extended range and a smaller, more affordable battery option. However, the discontinuation of federal tax credits affects its pricing competitiveness. Nevertheless, with other affordable EV options on hiatus, the Kona is poised for a successful second generation.

Interior & Technology   |   Passenger & Cargo Space   |   Performance & Fuel Economy

Driving Experience   |   Pricing & Trim Levels   |   Safety Features & Ratings

What’s new for 2024?

The 2024 Kona has been redesigned to offer significantly more cargo space and a roomier rear seat. While the standard gasoline engines remain largely unchanged, the high-performance N model has been discontinued, with the possibility of a return in the future. The Kona Electric also makes a comeback, now offering two BEV powertrain options, although with reduced torque compared to the previous generation.

The interior of the new Kona has been revamped to include a range of new tech features. The updated 12.3-inch infotainment system supports over-the-air updates and includes USB-C ports at the front and rear. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support will be added through an over-the-air update later in 2024.

(Kona Limited interior (light gray); Kona N-Line interior (black with red accents); Kona Electric interior (gray with yellow accents)

What is the Kona’s interior and in-car technology like?

Considering the price point and segment, the Kona offers a decent interior. The 2024 redesign has brightened up the front cabin, particularly on the Limited and N-Line models. These trims feature a column-mounted gear selector, creating more space between the seats. The Kona also incorporates the Palisade’s multi-function center console, which includes collapsible cupholders for storing larger items.

When it comes to tech and infotainment, the Kona doesn’t disappoint. The SE and SEL trims come with a 12.3-inch center screen and a 4.2-inch color cluster. Wireless smartphone integration is standard on these trims. The Limited and N-Line models feature a navigation-equipped system with wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, with wireless capability expected to be added through an over-the-air update later in 2024. The Kona also offers USB-C charging ports at the front and rear, along with an optional wireless device charger.

How spacious is the Kona?

The Kona falls into the subcompact SUV category, meaning it is relatively small. However, the 2024 redesign has increased its size and functionality. The additional three inches of front headroom and rear legroom now make the Kona more competitive in terms of interior space compared to its rivals. The cargo space has also been significantly improved, with 6.3 more cubic feet behind the rear bench, totaling 25.5 cubic feet with the seats up.

The enhanced cargo space features a taller, wider opening with a lower lift height, making it more practical for everyday use. While the Kona is still small in comparison to larger SUVs, it now offers more room for passengers and cargo, putting it on par with other subcompact models.

What are the fuel economy and electric range specifications for the Kona?

The 2024 Kona offers a range of powertrain options, including six different combinations for both gasoline and electric models. The base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. The N Line and Limited trims come with a more powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The Kona Electric is available with two drivetrains, offering different range and performance capabilities. The SE model features a 133-horsepower motor with a 48.6 kWh battery, while the SEL and Limited models come with a 201-horsepower motor and a 64.8 kWh battery.

What is the driving experience like in the Kona?

The driving experience in the Kona varies depending on the powertrain choice. Front-wheel-drive models offer a different handling feel compared to all-wheel-drive models. Overall, the Kona delivers a fun driving experience with responsive steering and good body control. The cabin has been improved to be quieter and more comfortable, especially in the Kona Electric variant.

The Kona Electric, despite a decrease in torque compared to the previous generation, still offers a punchy performance. The lower center of gravity due to the battery pack enhances the overall driving dynamics. In a recent comparison test, the Kona Electric outperformed other similarly-priced EVs, showcasing its refined driving characteristics.

FAQs

Q: What are the pricing and trim levels for the 2024 Hyundai Kona?

The starting price for the 2024 Kona SE is $25,435, with pricing increasing for higher trims such as SEL, N Line, and Limited. All-wheel drive is available as an option for an additional cost. The Kona Electric models have a higher starting price compared to the gasoline variants.

Q: What safety features are included in the 2024 Hyundai Kona?

Standard safety features in the 2024 Kona include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and driver inattention warning. Adaptive cruise control is also available on certain trims.

Conclusion

The 2024 Hyundai Kona is a solid choice in the subcompact crossover segment, offering a blend of technology, performance, and value. With enhanced interior space, improved driving dynamics, and a variety of powertrain options, the Kona caters to a wide range of consumers looking for a versatile and practical vehicle.

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