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2019 Hyundai Kona
Select a Different Model (13 Available): EV Limited FWD
Fair Market Price $ 44805
Zero to 60 6.6 seconds
MPG (EPA) 132 CTY /108 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 19/46 cu.ft.
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2019 Hyundai Kona MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • A great deal of car for the money
  • Spirited handling
  • New EV version has great range

You Won't Like

  • Puny cargo room
  • Cramped backseat

New for 2019

All-new in 2018, the Hyundai Kona carries over to 2019 with only a few tech and cosmetic changes. Sunset Orange joins the color palette, while silver departs as an option for the contrasting roof. Two USB ports replace the 12v port up front, and automatic emergency braking is now standard. New to the lineup is an EV model, the Kona Electric.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

The Kona is a subcompact SUV. It's the smallest SUV in Hyundai's lineup, slotted below the Tucson.

2019 Kona SE: The base Kona comes with 16-inch aluminum wheels, a 6-speed automatic transmission, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a 7.0-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, keyless entry system, and LED running lights.

2019 Kona SEL: Move up to the SEL for 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, heated front seats, SiriusXM and HD Radio, external temperature display, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and hands-free keyless access with push-button start.

2019 Kona Limited: The Limited upgrades to a 7-speed twin-clutch transmission, 18-inch aluminum wheels, LED headlights, front foglights, power sunroof, leather seats, an 8-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, an 8-speaker Infinity audio system, automatic climate control, and auto-dimming mirror with Homelink.

2019 Kona Ultimate: The top trim Kona adds an 8.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, automatic high beams, a head-up display, and wireless charging pad.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The SE and SEL models come standard with a 2.0-liter I-4 producing 147 hp and 132 lb-ft mated to a 6-speed automatic driving the front wheels, with an EPA estimated fuel economy of 27/33 mpg city/highway. All-wheel drive knocks those mileage figures down to 25/30 mpg. Limited and Ultimate models are powered by a 1.6-liter turbo-four with 175 hp and 195 lb-ft. connected to a 7-speed twin-clutch transmission. Front-wheel drive versions net a 28/32 mpg rating, while opting for all-wheel drive returns a rating of 26/29 mpg.

Safety

The 2019 Kona is rated a 2019 Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, and received a front crash prevention designation of Superior, thanks to its ability to fully avoid collisions in both the 12-mph and 25-mph autobrake tests.

Kona SE models come standard with lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and a driver attention warning. SEL and Limited models add blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assist, and a rear cross-traffic collision warning. Ultimate models have all of these features standard, plus park distance warning and pedestrian detection.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

The Kona's subcompact dimensions can be seen in the rear cargo space, where there's 19.2 cubic feet available with the rear seats up and 45.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Front seat passengers will find 41.5 inches of legroom, but rear seat passengers must make do with a miserly 34.6 inches (or 33.4 inches in the electric model).

Technology

The 2019 Kona's standard infotainment system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo controlled through a 7.0-inch touchscreen display. Standard on the Limited and Ultimate (and optional on the SEL) is an Infinity 8-speaker audio system. The Ultimate is exclusively available with an 8.0-inch touchscreen and satellite navigation. SEL models and up are available with Hyundai's Connected Car suite of features, enabling users to control various features, schedule maintenance, and start the car remotely.

What We Think

The 2018 Kona was an SUV of the Year Finalist, and we were impressed, noting that "Hyundai's first swing appears to be a hit" and that "This is probably the most compelling vehicle in its class." Given the compact dimensions, it's no surprise that "it's long on sport but might be short on utility." In a recent comparison against the Ford EcoSport and Nissan Kicks, the Kona came out on top, thanks to its abundant features, strong safety rating, and nimble handling. "If you care at all about how a car drives," we said, "go straight to Kona."

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2019 HYUNDAI KONA SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Motor, Single Electric
Transmission Name
Transmission, 1 Speed Automatic
Trim
EV Limited FWD
Class
Compact Utility
Horsepower
201
Standard MPG
132/108
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Electricity
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Cargo Package (PIO)

INCLUDES: [CB] Cargo Blocks (PIO); [CT] Cargo Tray (PIO); [FK] First Aid Kit (PIO)
$132 $165

Motor, Single Electric

Std Std

Transmission, 1 Speed Automatic

Std Std

Exterior Color, Ultra Black

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Chalk White

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Galactic Gray

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Sonic Silver

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Ceramic Blue

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Pulse Red

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Hand Brake, Electronic

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control, Blue Link®

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Cargo Net (PIO)

$41 $50

Coming Home Device

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cargo Tray (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [C2] Cargo Package (PIO)
$92 $115

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Garage Door Opener

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 7.0-Inch

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Wireless Charging Pad

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 7.981

Std Std

Battery, 64.0 Kwh Lithium-Ion Polymer

Std Std

Brakes, Regenerative

Std Std

Charging Information: Fastest Charge: 0.90 hours ; Domestic Supply: 9.50 hours

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping

Std Std

Electric Driven Wheels

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Plug-In

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive with Descent Control System

Std Std

Bumpers, Front and Rear Body-Colored

Std Std

Cargo Blocks (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [C2] Cargo Package (PIO)
$16 $20

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Mudguards (PIO)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps
$96 $120

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [MG] Mudguards (PIO)
Grp Grp

Privacy Glass

Std Std

Rear Door, Lifting Gate

Std Std

Spoiler, Roof

Std Std

Sunroof, Glass Power

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, 3rd Row

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Cargo Area Cover (/Rear Parcel Shelf)

Std Std

Carpeted Floor Mats (PIO)

$108 $135

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, None On Doors And Instrument Panel Leather On Shift Knob

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

LED Lights, Daytime Running Lights

Std Std

Body-Color Heated Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors With Turn Signals

Std Std

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

Std Std

Paint, Metallic

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 6

Std Std

Collision Warning System

Std Std

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Std Std

First Aid Kit (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [C2] Cargo Package (PIO)
$24 $30

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, LED

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lane Departure Warning System

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot Detection

Std Std

Parking Assistance

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear View Monitor Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW) Radar

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Driver Seat, 10-Way Power Heated Bucket; Passenger Seat, Heated Bucket

Std Std

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Leather

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Pebble Blue Leather

N/C N/C

Audio System, AM/FM Radio, Digital/Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Macpherson Front w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Tires, P215/55HR17 Summer

Std Std

Wheels, 17" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std

Wheel Locks (PIO)

$44 $55
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
84
Powertrain Warranty Miles
100000
Full Warranty Miles
60000
Powertrain Warranty Months
120
Full Warranty Months
60
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Hyundai announces a Bonus Cash offer available to all service branches of the military including National Guard and Reserve branches, veterans and retirees. 05-31-2019
$400 Hyundai announces a Bonus Cash offer for College Graduates who finance through HMF. 01-02-2020