2018 Hyundai Kona
Hyundai just lately unveiled the Kona, the corporate’s entry within the red-hot subcompact SUV section, anticipated to go on sale in America within the first quarter of 2018. Whereas on the introduction of the Kona, we discovered a lot in regards to the upcoming automobile, together with particulars on its trim ranges and engine choices. Hyundai additionally gave us the prospect to drive the Kona, albeit an especially temporary drive of a Korean-spec pre-production mannequin at Hyundai’s proving floor. With that grain of salt in place, listed here are our first impressions of the Kona.
The Kona will include a selection of engines: a 147-horsepower, 2.Zero-liter Four-cylinder or a 175-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter 4. The bottom engine’s energy places it proper within the coronary heart of the aggressive set (Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR, Mazda CX-Three), however the turbo 4’s horses carry the Kona nearer to the Nissan Juke NISMO’s 188 horsepower and the bigger new Jeep Compass’ 180. The Kona we drove was outfitted with the extra highly effective engine, backed by a 7-speed twin clutch transmission.
Fast, with two driving modes
The primary a part of our drive was on an extended straightaway. With the 1.6-liter beneath the hood, the Kona is good and fast. After an extended there-and-back stretch, we ventured onto an extended winding highway loop, full with various highway sorts and high quality. The Kona suspension did a superb job of absorbing bumps and irregularities, and did not really feel jittery or stiff on any highway floor. The steering was properly weighted, with simply the correct amount of response. We did discover some highway noise, probably the one damaging in regards to the drive. U.S. fashions will get two driving modes, Regular and Sport, whereas international markets may also get an Eco mode. The Kona won’t be accessible with adaptive cruise management, nor are there paddle shifters for the transmission.
The inside format is clear, with a superb mixture of buttons and knobs arrange in a simple, logical format. Distinction stitching and matching accents across the air vents have been good touches and the principle display has a pointy, new look in comparison with different fashions within the Hyundai lineup.
We have been advised that each suspension tuning and steering might be totally different for Korea (the place the Kona might be nimble), Europe (tuned for enjoyable) and America (arrange for consolation), however the setup within the Korean pre-production mannequin was fairly good, and will not want a lot tweaking to fulfill American consumers. If the Kona that comes right here is near what we briefly drove in Korea, this new entry into the subcompact market is extra refined than you would possibly count on, and must be poised to do effectively.