Hyundai Kona test drive
The Hyundai Kona is a very nice looking small crossover.
The only thing I am not crazy about would be the big grille (but I never like them), or the busy rear bumper black plastic part that includes the lights.
(These lights could have been included in the ones right above…)
Otherwise, it has a wonderful personality. And the new color, Sunset Orange, that came with my test car really makes the small Hyundai stand out.
Things are a bit more conservative inside. But still very nice.
Everything is where it is supposed to be. The infotainment is very easy to figure out and use.
The “pretend stick shift” automatic shifter looks good. And everything feels solid.
While the upgraded stereo sounded quite good, it was lacking in bass quite a bit.
As easy fix was turning the bass adjustment all the way up. (Which works, but is kind of strange to do…)
While the screen works well, its plastic housing looks a bit cheap when compared to most of the competition. It has a bit of an aftermarket look to it.
The door handle design is really nice and simple (The overall shape includes the speakers)
But the hande itself is plastic. Which is rather strange since most cars these days have metal handles…
The rubbery texture covering the lower dash looks and feels great. And adds a bit of originality to the interior. A nice touch…
The rear seat is pretty roomy.
This is much more comfortable than the Mazda CX-3 back seat.
There is plenty of room for 2 adults back there.
The Kona’s 1.6 Liter Turbo is a very quiet small engine. (Even when cold in the morning.)
It even idles so silently that it is sometimes hard to tell it is even on.
And whenever you push it a bit, it always sounds refined.
Although with turbo power and torque you really almost never need to “push it”.
The Kona has plenty of power available all the time. More than most people will ever want.
There is still a “sport” mode if you need more punch. But I found it really unnecessary.