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2021 Hyundai Kona Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: November 6, 2020

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The Hyundai Kona, a five-door subcompact SUV has made a great impact in this wildly popular segment with great sales figures. The vehicle has made its stand in the segment as a pocket-friendly SUV. With the appealing looks, alluring design silhouette, and comfy cabin space, it is an all in one package. The Hyundai Kona despite being a sub-compact style icon will get carried forward into 2021 without any major changes, albeit the limited run Kona Nightshade Edition which brings in a whole lot of changes to the aesthetic front.

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Now offered in a total of six trims, the base trim SE starts with the price tag of $20,400 and the high end trim Ultimate costs around $28,050. Interestingly it comes with both FWD and AWD configuration. The 2.0L GDI 4-cylinder engine equipped on the 2021 Kona offers brisk acceleration and better fuel economy, whereas the 1.6L turbocharged engine takes care of the outright power needs. Moreover, the Kona also joins in the performance race with its new N Line version.

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Pros

Compact and manageable

Fuel Efficient engine

Modern and simplistic interior layout design

New potent turbocharged engine

Cons

Slightly Unresponsive base engine

Cheap quality interiors

What's New?

New Nightshade Edition trim

New sporty N Line version


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Ratings

Features

7.5

Maintenance, Reliability And Warranty

7.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.4

8.0

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Hyundai Kona SE

SE

power
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$20,400 - $21,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $20,400 MSRP (27/30/33) 147 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $21,800 MSRP (25/27/30) 147 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Hyundai Kona SEL

SEL

power
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$22,200 - $23,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $22,200 MSRP (27/30/33) 147 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
SEL 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $23,600 MSRP (25/27/30) 147 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Hyundai Kona SEL Plus

SEL Plus

power
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$24,050 - $25,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL Plus 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $24,050 MSRP (27/30/33) 147 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
SEL Plus 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $25,450 MSRP (25/27/30) 147 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Hyundai Kona Night

Night

power
175 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Intercooled turbo regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$25,700 - $27,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Night 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl 7AM) Starting at $25,700 MSRP (28/30/32) 175 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.6 L, Inline 4, Intercooled turbo regular unleaded
7-speed Automated Manual front wheel drive 5
Night 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl 7AM) Starting at $27,100 MSRP (26/27/29) 175 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.6 L, Inline 4, Intercooled turbo regular unleaded
7-speed Automated Manual all wheel drive 5

2021 Hyundai Kona Limited

Limited

power
175 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$26,200 - $27,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl 7AM) Starting at $26,200 MSRP (28/30/32) 175 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.6 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
7-speed Automated Manual front wheel drive 5
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl 7AM) Starting at $27,600 MSRP (26/27/29) 175 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.6 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
7-speed Automated Manual all wheel drive 5

2021 Hyundai Kona Ultimate

Ultimate

power
175 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$28,050 - $29,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Ultimate 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl 7AM) Starting at $28,050 MSRP (28/30/32) 175 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.6 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
7-speed Automated Manual front wheel drive 5
Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl 7AM) Starting at $29,450 MSRP (26/27/29) 175 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.6 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
7-speed Automated Manual all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.0

Overall Rating


Hyundai is one of those automotive brands which is very keen on providing its customers with the best there is, in terms of value for money offerings. Hyundai's reputation and tradition for bargain offerings with a well-setup interior and exterior hardware are whole-heartedly carried forward by the 2021 Kona. The 2021 Hyundai Kona is a subcompact crossover SUV, that is offered with two different engine choices and aims to be a perfect blend between efficiency and practicality, unlike none other. The 2021 Hyundai Kona has a starting price of $20,400 and is available with a front-wheel-drive and an all-wheel-drive configuration, which gives it a more competitive edge over its rivals. 

That's not it, Kona for 2021 takes its performance quotient to the next level with the sought-after N-Line treatment from Hyundai. Bring-in the aesthetically enhanced Night Edition too, and Hallelujah! Christmas turns up early this year. Coming to the competition, the 2021 Hyundai Kona plans to take on its long-sought-after rivals such as the Honda HR-V, Nissan Kicks, and Mazda CX-3 to regain the top spot. Read our review of the 2021 Hyundai Kona to get a clear picture of how the Kona is strategically placed in the US market.

2020 Hyundai Kona SUV Front View
2020 Hyundai Kona SUV Rear View

7.5/10
Features

7.0/10
Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

8.4/10
Final Verdict


2021 Hyundai Kona Features

7.5/10

The 2021 Hyundai Kona offers 6 different trim choices, starting from base SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Limited, and top trim Ultimate, and last but not the least the NIGHT Edition trim which slots right in between the SEL Plus and Limited trims. The SE trim with some basic features carries a cost of $20,400. The SEL Plus trim is the most preferred trim, as it provides some more decent features than SE and costs around $24,050. The Night Edition trim with all of its aesthetic upgrades comes in at $25,600. The top-trim Ultimate comes with many more prime-luxury focused features. The price tag of the top-end trim is $28,050. Apart from that all of the above-said trims can be had in an AWD or FWD setup. There are two engine and transmissions choices running things on point. Now as extensive as this is, let's take a look at the feature list.

Model

SE

SEL

SEL Plus

Night

Limited

Ultimate

MSRP (FWD)

$20,400

$22,200

$24,050

$25,600

$26,200

$28,050

MSRP (AWD) $21,800 $23,600   $25,450

$27,000

$27,600 $29,450

Key Features

16-inch alloy wheels w/all season tires

17-inch alloy wheels

8-way power driver seat and lumbar

18-inch Rays semi-gloss black alloy wheels

18-inch alloy wheels

Heads-up display

 

LED Daytime Running Lights

Proximity Key with Push Button Start

Infinity Premium audio with 8-Speakers

Special exterior color options

Leather Seating surfaces

Pedestrian

detection

 

Rear spoiler w/ center high-mount stop light

Blindspot Collision Warning with Lane Change Assist

Bluelink connected Car system

Gloss black design accents

Full LED Headlamps And taillights

High Beam Assist

 

Drive Mode Select

Roof side rails

Wireless Device charging

Darkened door handles

Chrome framed grille

8-inch Navigation system

 

Lane-keeping assist system

Heated front seats

Power tilt And slide sunroof

Alluminum alloy sport pedals

Automatic temperature control

Smart cruise control

 

Multi-Link rear suspension

Immobilizer

4.2-inch color Multi-Information display

 

 

Rain-sensing wipers

 

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

   

 

   

The SE trim priced at $20,400 offers a lot of decent features like a 7-inch touch display with Android Auto and Apple car play. Even in terms of safety, it does not lag behind at this price-point also. The 2021 Hyundai Kona offers Forward collision-avoidance assist and Lane-keeping assist in base trim itself. 

The SEL stands next with a price tag of $22,200 with some more features and also carries 17-inch wheels. It comes with push-button start, rear cross-traffic collision, and many other features. The SEL Plus is a step above the SEL and offers some better features like 4.2-inch color Multi-Information display, Sunroof, wireless charging, and Blue Link connected car system at $24,050.

2020 Hyundai Kona top-of-the-line Ultimate trim 

The Limited trim is priced at $26,200 and has some upmarket features to offer such as 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, full LED headlamps, and taillights, and more. Most importantly it gets a 1.6L turbocharged engine option. The top-end trim Ultimate costs around $28,050 and offers some premium features like Heads-up display, pedestrian detection, navigation, and an 8-inch color touch display.

For the 2021 version of the Kona, Hyundai also introduced a special ‘Night Edition’ which will be limited to 3,000 production models, which will be powered by the 1.6L turbocharged engine and will flaunt some out of the line features like darkened door handles, bumper grills, and 18” black alloy wheels, which set the night edition apart from the standard versions.

2021 Hyundai Kona Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

7.0/10

Hyundai is a renowned company in the automobile sector as it is also known for producing pocket-friendly and reliable products with better safety and other-worldly creature comforts. The Hyundai Kona was first unveiled in 2017 with the production line set out to motion soon from the next year itself. The outright usual buyers from the sub-compact segment love this car and reports thus far have been positive about this vehicle. The safety features, infotainment technology, and other prime upgraded features make this 2021 Hyundai Kona step ahead of its rivals.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

The 2021 Hyundai Kona obtained excellent critiques from most reporting and evaluation sites. On of the reputed sites rated the 2020 Hyundai Kona a 4 out of 5 and even positioned the SUV on their 2019 “10 excellent trucks and SUVs” listing as the pleasant subcompact SUV. Even the experts at one of the reputed inventory sites in the US gave Kona a 4.5 rating out of 5 for its budget-friendly value offering and reliability quotient. Kona impressed everyone with its styling, performance, safety, and overall value, and also positioned itself in the number two spot in the subcompact SUV segment for quite a few years. In fact, the 2020 Kona also got a respectable 79 out of 100 from J.D. Power.

Coming to the ownership expenses incurred on the vehicle, for a tech-laden segment-best SUV, one might wonder about the outright massive expenses that they'll have to come on board with. But that's not the case with the Hyundai Kona, as along with an affordable price-tag, maintenance and repair work carried out on the Hyundai Kona are a bargain too. The true ownership cost for a Hyundai Kona over a span of 5 years comes out to be about $34,431, with the first 2-3 years asking for the lowest expenses.

Category/ Year

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Tax Credit

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Insurance

$1,147

$1,187

$1,229

$1,272

$1,316

$6,151

Maintenance

$402

$629

$505

$1,438

$1,721

$4,695

Repairs

$0

$0

$0

$0

$593

$593

Taxes & Fees

$1,363

$97

$87

$79

$79

$1,705

Financing

$1,157

$931

$689

$431

$156

$3,364

Depreciation

$4,445

$1,769

$1,674

$1,964

$1,860

$11,712

Fuel

$1,170

$1,205

$1,241

$1,278

$1,317

$6,211

True Cost to Own®

$9,684

$5,818

$5,425

$6,462

$7,042

$34,431

The average price of the 2021 Hyundai Kona across the US is about $20,000. The price of each vehicle differs from state to state. The average sales tax across the US is about 5%. The price of each vehicle depends on factors like geographical location, sales tax, and dealership discounts. The people from Montana, Oregon, Atlanta, New Hampshire, and Delaware enjoy the best prices as the sales tax is exempted from these states.

Have there been any recalls for the Hyundai Kona?

A single recall issued for the Hyundai Kona was for the 2020 version due to the certification label indicating an incorrect gross axle weight score. Considering the wrong data and approximating the gross axle weight may want to lead to the car being loaded with more weight than it can manage and therefore grow its risk of a crash. The Hyundai Kona has received overall fewer complaints than other SUVs and hence is one of the most trusted sub-compact SUVs among interested buyers.

Warranty Coverage of the 2021 Hyundai Kona

The 2021 Hyundai Kona comes with a 10 years or 100,000 miles powertrain warranty, the best in the segment, and that too by a mile. Along with the powertrain warranty, you also get a limited warranty of 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. The 2021 Hyundai Kona will surely be a good and practical family car.

Criteria

Period

Limited warranty

5 years/ 60,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

10 years/ 100,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Complimentary Maintenance

3 years/ 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Hyundai's always had a reputation for making some of the most reliable cars in the market. To make the ownership of the vehicles more affordable and easier, Hyundai provides Complimentary scheduled maintenance coverage for 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. 

Miles Per Dollar

The miles per dollar cost of a vehicle is calculated as a derivative of miles driven in a certain amount of time and the maintenance costs during that period. The maintenance cost for the Hyundai Kona over a span of 5 years and 75,000 miles, comes out to be 15.97 to 16 miles per $1

2021 Hyundai Kona Buying Advice

The 2021 Hyundai Kona offers six trims to choose from according to your needs. The SE trim is perfectly suitable for the ones who are looking for a fancy tech-laden car at a budget price. Even the better fuel economy figures comes in handy for your long weekend rides and which is also helpful for your daily travel as well. The 6-speed automatic transmission makes you free from the clutch and gives you an easy ride in traffic. The AWD option is also available for the one who want to get a more hands-on experience with their SUV. Apart from that the 2021 Kona Night Edition is also one great deal, with some sumptuous yet aggressive aesthetic upgrades.

Is buying a Used Hyundai Kona a good idea?

A car’s largest depreciation in price comes in the first couple of years after being driven off of the lot. Exactly for the same base price as a new vehicle, you could get a fully-loaded 2017-18 Hyundai Kona. A used Hyundai Kona may have a lower value and therefore decrease your monthly bills if at all its in a good condition. Hyundai has a licensed pre-owned application that gives you a chance to own a Used Kona at a wonderful price. It gives you the ultimate peace of mind in comparison to other used vehicles from various other automakers.


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2021 Hyundai Kona Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2021 Hyundai Kona is offered with two different engines: a 2.0L GDI Inline-4 engine and a 1.6L Turbocharged GDI 4-cylinder engine. The SE, SEL, and the SEL Plus trims will be equipped with the 2.0L GDI 4 cylinder engine which generates 147 hp power. The FWD and AWD both options are available with all the trims. The Limited, exclusive Night Edition and the Ultimate trims are powered with a 1.6L turbo GDI engine which boosts the power till up to 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Apart from that these trims also get different transmission setups as well.

While the lower three trims get the smooth 6-Speed SHIFTRONIC transmission, the top-end trims get the uber-efficient and refined 7-Speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission. The engine and transmission setups in the 2021 Hyundai Kona are currently one of the most sought after setups in the segment. The turbo-4 might catch your eye, but it needs a bit more refinement, as the power comes in pretty late with it, which is a tad bit dull for the extra price.

Models

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Honda HR-V

2020 Nissan Kicks

2021 Mazda CX-3

MSRP

$20,400

$22,000

$19,070

$21,685

Engine

2.0L GDI 4-cylinder

1.8L NA Inline-4

1.6L NA Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic

CVT

CVT

6-Speed shiftable automatic

Power 

147 hp @ 6200 RPM

141 hp @ 6500 RPM

122 hp @ 5800 RPM

148 hp @ 6000 RPM

Torque 

132 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM

127 lb-ft @ 4300 RPM

114 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

146 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

Hence, overall the 2021 Hyundai Kona leads in front of rivals by offering more power at a budget price. Though the Mazda is close in terms of price-to-power ratio, the 2021 Kona’s engine is more refined and powerful than Mazda. Hyundai Kona pushes its power through 6-speed automatic transmission while rivals are equipped with the sluggish loathsome CVT.

2021 Hyundai Kona's Acceleration And Braking Performance

The 2021 Hyundai Kona accelerates from a standstill to 60 MPH in 9.2 seconds. The quarter-mile sprint is completed in about 16.8 secs. These figures are not that impressive for a 21st-century modern car, as all of its other SUV counterparts have either equal or better timings. Whereas the NA engine achieves these figures, there is no denying the fact that the 2021 Kona with the turbo-4 and AWD setup, which is surely hooked up on caffeine will be able to dash forward with much better acceleration figures. In fact, according to reports, the 7-Speed DCT helps the 2021 Kona sprint from 0-60 MPH in just 6.6 seconds.

Even for a light and pleasantly fast car, you need really good brakes that help you tame the car to a rigorous stop, and the Hyundai Kona does just that. With 12.0-inch rotors in the front and 11.2-inches rear brakes, the 2021 Kona should manage to come to a complete standstill from 60 mph in just about 129 ft. Since it sports the same powertrain too as the previous year, all the other performance parameters should remain more or less the same too.

Models

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Honda HR-V

2020 Nissan Kicks

2021 Mazda CX-3

0-60 MPH 

9.2 secs

9.3 secs

9.7 secs

8.6 secs

Quarter Mile 

16.8 secs

16.8 secs

17.4 secs

16.3 secs

Top Speed 

127 MPH

125 MPH

110 MPH

120 MPH

60-0 MPH

129 ft

121 ft

140 ft

127 ft

The Mazda CX-3 completes a 0-60 sprint in just 8.6 seconds which grants it the top-most position in the segment. The Honda follows the 2021 Kona’s lead and stands third by reaching 60 mph in 9.3 seconds. Honda HR-V has the best braking performance among the competitors, because of its comparatively lighter curb weight.

How does the 2021 Hyundai Kona fare on the Ride and Handling front?

With two powertrain options and an optional AWD setup, the 2021 Hyundai Kona was certainly made for the day-to-day city and suburban driving needs. The AWD setup comes with an independent rear suspension that turns out to hold out on its own on rough tracks too. It's shorter wheelbase allows it to tastefully wiggle through tight city stretches too. The 7-Speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission gets the job done more or less but despite its refinement feels a bit hesitant out on open roads.

Despite a shorter wheelbase and a hefty steering wheel, it provides a comfortable ride overall, although turning it into Sport mode and equipping it with larger 18-inch alloys stiffens the ride up a bit further. Moreover, the Kona can ironically be even taken for soft off-roading with its respectable ground clearance and the better traction it gets from the AWD setup.

2021 Hyundai Kona Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2021 Hyundai Kona manages to offer decent mileage of 27 MPG in the city and 33 MPG out on the highway. The combined comes out to be 30 MPG which is a decent figure for a subcompact SUV. It nevertheless comes out to the bottom of the list, which is acceptable as it is the most powerful SUV in the segment. With the fuel tank capacity of 13.2 gallons, the Kona can easily reach an average range of 392 miles. These figures are decent comparatively.

With the turbocharged engine, on the other hand, the highway MPG figures drop down to 32 MPG, which in no way is a huge drop considering the fact that it delivers close to 30 hp more than the naturally aspirated engine. Having said that, Hyundai for the future pins its faith largely on electrical mobility, and that's where the 2021 Kona Electric with its massive mileage jumps in.

Models

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Honda HR-V

2020 Nissan Kicks

2021 Mazda CX-3

MPG (City)

27

26

31

29

MPG (Highway)

33

32

36

34

MPG (Combined)

30

28

33

31

Fuel Capacity 

13.2 gallons

13.2 gallons

10.8 gallons

12.7 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

369.6/422.4/392 miles

356/435/369 miles

334.8/388.8/356 miles

368.3/431.8/393.7 miles

2021 Hyundai Kona offers a greater economical range for this segment. The Mazda CX-3 does offer a great highway economy of 34 mpg but with less fuel capacity of 12.7 gallons, it can only cover a combined range of 393 miles. The Nissan Kicks too, on the other hand, with the segment-best MPG figures would seem to lead the pack in the fuel-efficiency segment, but it's puny 10.8 gallon fuel tank is a major chunk in the armour.

2021 Hyundai Kona Interior

8.0/10

The designers of the 2021 Hyundai Kona managed to make some well laid-out interiors by focusing on maximizing comfort and convenience. Decent quality materials, comfy seats, better ergonomics, and optional leather upholstery make the 2021 Hyundai Kona a decent offering for the price point. The steering of Kona is wrapped with leather and integrated with cruise controls and audio controls. Practicality and utilitarianism quotient are given top-notch points in the 2021 Hyundai Kona. Furthermore, the exclusive Night Edition package brings in plenty of black exterior and interior accents to soup up the style.

Talking about the seats, it comes with 6-way powered and heated front seats with lumbar support providing great comfort. For 2021, rear seats are to get heating options as well in the upper trims that is! In the top trim, the air vent highlights enhance the look of Kona. The standard 7-inch color touch display keeps the driver and passenger stay connected with the car along with the host of other amenities. Coming to the trunk space, with Kona's 19.2 cu.ft of space, it stands out to be one of the best-in-class spaces in the segment. The cabin also holds plenty of cubby spaces to keep the passengers’ belongings intact.

Models

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Honda HR-V

2020 Nissan Kicks

2021 Mazda CX-3

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.6/55.5/41.5

39.5/56.8/38.3

40.7/53.0/43.7

38.4/53.5/41.7

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.8/54.5/34.6

38.3/54.5/39.3

38.5/53.2/33.2

37.2/50.4/35.0

Trunk capacity (cu.ft) 19.2 24.3 25.3 17.8

Even in terms of cabin space, the Kona won’t disappoint. With the decent headroom and shoulder for the rear row, it can easily make the passengers feel comfortable. Even the Nissan Kicks offer great space in terms of its cabin-space. In terms of leg rooms, the Kona could have offered a little more with its 2021 model. Nissan Kicks offers the best-in the segment trunk space, which is followed by the Honda HR-V thereafter.

What are the infotainment features on offer with the 2021 Hyundai Kona?

The Kona's dashboard houses a touchscreen integrated display flanked with the aid of easy shortcut buttons that allow you to browse without any hinderance by coursing between simple toggles. The system is intuitive in its operation. The SE, SEL, and Limited trims include the smaller, general 7-inch touchscreen, but buyers of the top-end variant are provided the larger 8-inch unit with capabilities of navigation with real-time traffic updates.

Drivers' navigation guidelines may be projected onto the Ultimate trim's head-up display that flips up from the dashboard and additionally shows the car's pace and other records. Apple car play and Android Auto capability are offered in SE, SEL trims so that buyers can connect their smartphones to the system and enjoy their own music.


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2021 Hyundai Kona Exterior

8.0/10

The 2021 Hyundai Kona exterior silhouette has a modern outlook on what a sub-compact SUV should look like. It may be business as usual on the inside, but it is no less than a party on the outside. The split front lights lift the overall look of the exterior. The big front fascia with the grille and the healthy hood get a slight design tweak coming into 2021. The taillights are also perfectly placed and do not look odd, unlike some others in the segment.

However, for 2021 Hyundai brings in the Kona N Line with a much more sporty and progressive design language so as to appeal to the masses. The N Line version gets its own specific design cues with plenty of body cladding, a large rear spoiler, and diamond cut alloys. Apart from that, there is a new Night Edition trim too in the mix, which brings in a whole load of black exterior accents to give it that added sharper aesthetic touch. Coming into 2021, two of the Hyundai Kona's color palette have been shuffled for new ones.

Models

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Honda HR-V

2020 Nissan Kicks

2021 Mazda CX-3

Curb Weight 

3126 lbs

2906 lbs

2639 lbs

2932 lbs

Length 

164”

170.4”

169.1”

168.3”

Width 

70.9”

69.8”

69.3”

69.6”

Height 

61.6”

63.2”

62.4”

60.7”

Ground Clearance 

6.7”

7.3”

7.0”

6.1”

Wheelbase 

102.4”

102.8”

103.1”

101.2”

The exterior dimensions of the 2021 Hyundai Kona are much more compact when compared to its rivals, thus giving us the idea that it can cut through traffic-ridden city's with the utmost ease. Overall, the dimensions are kept balanced. Mazda CX-3, on the other hand, has the shortest wheelbase of the bunch thus translating to a smaller cabin space. Moreover, its 6.1-inch ground clearance is comparitevly lower for that SUV tag it holds.

2021 Hyundai Kona Safety

9.0/10

Hyundai takes its safety quotient pretty seriously. The 2021 Kona comes with a well-engineered body structure with effective front and rear crumple zones, that allow the passengers inside to witness lesser of an impact at the time of a collision. The 2021 Kona also has many such active and passive safety aids that will supposedly keep the occupants safe at ll costs.

The crash test ratings of the 2021 Hyundai Kona have not yet been released by NHTSA. Nevertheless, the IIHS gave the previous iterations of the Hyundai Kona the Top Safety Pick Award because it is bundled with the latest and greatest in terms of safety and driver-assistance features from Hyundai. These features make the Kona more superior in terms of safety.

Some of those safety features included in the 2021 Hyundai Kona are-

  • Smart cruise control
  • Parking Distance control
  • ABS with ESC
  • Traction control with brake assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System with individual tire indicator
  • Blind-spot collision warning
  • Lane change assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning System

2021 Hyundai Kona Competition

8.0/10

2021 Hyundai Kona Vs Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V is quite expensive compared to Kona and also a relatively new offering in the segment too. Even in terms of power, the HR-V does lag behind Kona. However, where the 2021 Honda HR-V fails to put up some encouraging numbers, on some other aspects it does quite well honestly, even better than the 2021 Kona. The 2021 Kona offers fresh techs and connected technology. The fuel economy of Kona is decent when compared to segment-best Honda HR-V. So, the Kona could be your choice if one loves to keep connected with their car and also enjoys the subtle feel of driving around more often

2021 Hyundai Kona Vs Mazda CX-3

Both are equally capable in their ways. The Mazda delivers great performance in terms of power and acceleration figures. But the 1.6L turbo engine of Kona produces more power than CX-3. The Mazda is not equipped with such great safety features as of the 2021 Kona. The fuel economy figures of both are also quite similar and both perform decently well in that aspect too. Moreover, the Hyundai Kona is the only SUV out of the segment that could stand up to the 2021 Mazda CX-3 in terms of outright exterior design cues. With such a cut-throat competition, it all boils down to your preferance.

2021 Hyundai Kona Final Verdict

8.4/10

The 2021 Hyundai Kona which comes under the massively affordable $30,000 bracket, may not be the best SUV in the segment but nevertheless is quite a decent choice. Though the base variant engine may feel underpowered sometimes, it can still catch up to the rest of the segment with the utmost ease. If that's not enough for you, there is a turbocharged version of the same that takes care of all the nitty-gritty shortcomings when it comes to the performance quotient.

The interior in the top trims feels premium and upmarket. The number of safety features offered in this car is quite naturally unfathomable in any other SUV in this segment, which makes it the perfect sub-compact SUV choice.

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2021 Hyundai Kona Review

Is the Hyundai Kona a worthy offering?

Yes, it most definitely is. It is a decent subcompact SUV. It is one of the few vehicles in its class that offer two engine options, namely a base 4-cylinder one and the other, a turbocharged one. The Hyundai Kona has a smooth and refined driving dynamics. Moreover, the interior of this subcompact SUV is supremely tasteful as it is.

Is the Hyundai Kona good in the snow?

Yes, the Hyundai Kona is good in the snow, as it comes with two potent engine options, and moreover with higher ground clearance and a lower center of gravity. The only addition it needs is some good quality winter tires.

Does Hyundai Kona come with heated seats?

Hyundai Kona is a supremely efficient sub-compact SUV, that is able to seat in 5 people at once without any hindrance. Heating and ventilating functions are available on the front seats only. The seats are draped in leather, whereas only the front driver seat comes with a power-adjustable function.

What other SUVs can the 2021 Hyundai Kona be compared to?

2021 Hyundai Kona is among the best in the sub-compact SUV class. Some of the SUVs it goes up against are the Honda HR-V, Nissan Kicks, and the Kia Seltos among others.

What sort of warranty coverage is offered by the 2021 Hyundai Kona?

Hyundai's warranty coverage is as comprehensive as its trims. Unlike others, the 2021 Kona comes with a massive 10 years/100,000 miles powertrain warranty coverage, and a 5 years/ 60,000 miles Limited warranty coverage.

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2021 Hyundai Kona Overall Reviews


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David L. Chambers

2020 Hyundai Kona

Limited 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl 7AM)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Every day deserves to be an adventure.

Pros - Quick speed ups, fantastic touch screen features, and mileage

Cons - None

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

Handles the winter much better than it looks it will and climbs up and down real quick when needed

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

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Melvin L. Briggs

2020 Hyundai Kona

SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

6

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

In general, the Hyundai Kona is a good car.

Pros - 6 speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, consumes less gas, and a comfortable interior.

Cons - Some controls on the steering wheel don't work.

Overall Review

6 /10 Overall Rating

I bought the base model of this trim, it also drives smoothly. The 6 speed automatic transmission helps in smooth shifting, which makes my Hyundai feel even more pleasant to drive on the road. Comfortable enough to keep me away from tiredness.

3/10
Features
7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
7/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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Robert R. Anderson

2020 Hyundai Kona

SEL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

5

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Driving my new Hyundai Kona

Pros - Daily driving, and safer.

Cons - Climate control is worthless & not an spacious interior.

Overall Review

5 /10 Overall Rating

I take the long way home when driving my Kona for its safer and plus driving quality.

5/10
Features
4/10
Interior
6/10
Design
8/10
Safety
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
1/10
Dealer Review

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Top User Reviews

10

User Overall Rating

Every day deserves to be an adventure.

Handles the winter much better than it looks it will and climbs up and down real quick when needed

by David L. Chambers

6

User Overall Rating

In general, the Hyundai Kona is a good car.

I bought the base model of this trim, it also drives smoothly. The 6 speed automatic transmission helps in smooth shifting, which makes my Hyundai feel even more pleasant to drive on the road. Comfortable enough to keep me away from tiredness.

by Melvin L. Briggs

5

User Overall Rating

Driving my new Hyundai Kona

I take the long way home when driving my Kona for its safer and plus driving quality.

by Robert R. Anderson

9

User Overall Rating

Sweet ride!!

I have driven this car in the dry and powder like sand or dirt. It was very fun. It is awesome with great gas mileage. The slight road noise, I? hearing inside the cabin while driving the car.

by John A. McCurry

9

User Overall Rating

I love to see this, on the street.

The drive is smooth and quiet. Mileage is 25mpg and is pretty good for my budget. The acceleration is also strong enough to go well on the road.

by Marcus S. Nation

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