Review: 2018 Hyundai Kona 2.0L Luxury – Part 3

The interior of the 2018 Hyundai Kona 2.0L Luxury is a utilitarian but well put together one that I believe you will like. Let me walk you through the interior.


The door has all the controls for the mirrors, plus there’s space for a bottle in the map pockets. The catch is that the doors are largely made up of hard plastic which gets dirty.


The seats are leather and heated. The drivers seat is power adjustable as well. It was easy for me to dial in my seating position and be comfortable while driving.


To the left of the steering wheel are the buttons for the electronica overseers. You can also see the dead pedal which is handy for long drives.


The steering wheel is heated and leather wrapped. It has buttons for the infotainment system as sell as the cruse control.


The gauges are bright and easy to read. There’s a monochrome TFT screen that allows you to place the info that you need in plain view.


The Kona comes with push button start which is located to the right of the steering wheel.


There’s a 7″ touchscreen for the infotainment system. Below that are the HVAC controls. The middle part of the dash is made of a soft touch material. Everything else around it is hard plastic.


The shift lever is leather wrapped, and you also have buttons for the heated seats, steering wheel, as well as AWD lock and the drive mode button.


Below that is a cubby that has two 12V outlets, and aux jack as well as a USB port. It holds an iPhone 7 Plus with ease. Above that is a second cubby for storage purposes.


You get a pair of cupholders and you can also see the parking brake.


The cupholders hold a Starbucks Venti sized coffee with ease.


Underneath the armrest is a deep storage area.


There is a decent sized glove box that’s lit.


Above you is a powered moon roof with a manual sunshade.


The back seats fit thee kids or two adults. I’m six feet tall and I could sit behind myself with a tiny bit of room of space for my knees and feet.


If you don’t need to seat three people, you can use these cupholders which are in a flip down armrest.


There is a tiny window in the back which does help with visibility.


The cargo area is surprisingly big and it includes a privacy cover. Folding down the 60/40 split seats gives you a flat surface to load your 65″ TV into.


The cargo area fits our weekly shopping with space left over.


Plus there’s under floor storage to boot.


To the right is another storage area for small items.


There’s a handle to close the hatch without getting your hands dirty.

So I will say that there is a lot of hard plastic inside the Kona. But to me, I think I know why. The people who are part of the target market for this vehicle are not only going to be in the city, but they will likely be doing stuff in the outdoors as well that may mess up the interior. Thus having hard plastic makes the interior easier to clean and it ensures that it will survive for years. I didn’t note any rattles or squeaks. And it all appears to be put together well.

The next part of this review will cover the technology in the vehicle. It has a fair amount of it. Tune in tomorrow to find out what the Kona has to offer from a tech perspective.


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