A new crossover called the Kona soon will anchor the low end of Hyundai’s SUV lineup, and it’ll boast a bargain price to go along with its diminutive size. The 2018 Kona starts at $20,450, making it one of the least expensive crossovers on the market and undercutting rivals such as the Honda HR-V, the Mazda CX-3, and the new Ford EcoSport.
Two powertrains will be offered: the base SE, for $20,450 and the better-equipped SEL, for $22,100, come with a 2.0-liter inline-four with 147 hp that mates with a six-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive. The uplevel choice is a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that comes on the $25,650 Kona Limited and the $28,350 Kona Ultimate. All-wheel drive is an $1300 upcharge for all trim levels.
Given its high level of standard equipment, the base SE seems like a steal to us: it comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android auto capability, 16-inch wheels, a backup camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, and keyless entry. The SEL adds 17-inch wheels, blind-spot monitoring, heated front seats, proximity-key entry, and SiriusXM satellite radio. You also can opt for a $150 contrasting-color roof on the SEL, or a $1500 Tech package that brings a sunroof, power driver’s seat, fog lights, forward collision warning, and lane-keeping assist.
Some fancier features such as LED headlights and taillights, automatic climate control, and a few other goodies come with the Limited trim, and the high-zoot Ultimate brings all the available active safety features along with a premium audio system, a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen, wireless device charging, and rain-sensing wipers.
Hyundai says the Kona will hit dealerships in March.