Review: 2018 Hyundai Kona 2.0L Luxury – Part 5

So I’ve come to the end of my week long review of the 2018 Hyundai Kona 2.0L luxury and I think Hyundai has a competitor in this space that stands out in more ways than just looks. It drives well, has a very good interior and a fair amount of tech. One thing that I need to circle back on is the drive mode button. It has three modes:

  • Eco absolutely dulls the drive experience to save you gas. From what I can figure out, it saved me about 0.1L on a 20KM drive. On a longer drive it will likely save you more gas.
  • Sport hangs on to gears longer and the exhaust sounds louder so that you can get every last HP out of the engine. It also tightens up the steering to make the Kona more sporty.
  • Normal is a balance between the two.

To be honest, I kept it in normal mode outside the time I experimented with the other settings as normal works pretty well. It’s main competitors are going to be the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-3, Ford EcoSport, Jeep Renegade, and Fiat 500X among others. But I think that the Kona is going to get a lot of looks from people looking for a sub-compact SUV given what this vehicle has to offer. Assuming that they can get past the looks which some might see as polarizing. At least that was the feedback that I got during my week with it. Take my advice on this: Judging this car by only its looks would be a mistake because you’d be missing out on a great looking package if you did.

My final fuel economy was 9.3 L/100KM’s which is pretty good considering that I made liberal use of the 2.0L engine’s torque while driving in a mix of city roads and highways, not to mention rush hour traffic.

The 2018 Hyundai Kona starts at $20,999. The 2,0L Luxury trim level that I drove this week goes for $27,499. It tops out at $31,999 with a 1.6 turbo engine and fully loaded.

Hyundai has a strong contender in the sub-compact SUV space with the Kona. If you’re in the market for a sub-compact SUV, head to your nearest Hyundai dealer and test drive one. I think that once you get past the looks, you’ll be driving away with one in short order.


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