The 2019 Hyundai Kona is no skinflint. It’s generously equipped, has an excellent warranty and a good infotainment system. Even well-outfitted, more expensive trim levels present a very good value.
We give it a 9 for features. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The 2019 Kona comes in SEL, SEL, Limited, and Ultimate trims. With differing powertrains (the turbo-4 comes on Limited and Ultimate models), the Kona can be configured with all-wheel drive on any trim, for $1,300.
The Kona SE has power features, Bluetooth with audio streaming, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 16-inch wheels, and cloth upholstery. This year, Hyundai’s added twin USB ports in the front console, and forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking. That’s on top of a standard
5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty that extends to 10 years/100,000 miles for the powertrain.
A Kona SEL adds a few useful features, such as 17-inch wheels, keyless ignition, heated front seats, satellite radio, and blind-spot monitors, and that makes it our pick of the lineup. Power front seats and a sunroof are options, as is Infinity audio.
Kona Limiteds can’t be equipped with a sunroof, an odd omission, but they get the turbo-4, 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, LED taillights, and a power driver seat. Ultimate Konas add to that the sunroof, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, a head-up display, wireless smartphone charging, and navigation. All-in, the Kona Ultimate’s price of about $30,000 stretches the idea of a bargain crossover to its size limits.
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