2022 Hyundai Kona interior & exterior Walkaround - upgraded styling, technology and versatility | Mini Auto

Starting price: $22,135

When an SUV delivers a driving experience as crisp as the Hyundai Kona 2022, it's hard to get hung up on the usual anti-crossover sentiment—so we won't.

The subcompact Kona is, simply put, a great package that blends carlike on-road behavior with bold styling, a dose of practicality, and an elevated driving position.

Two four-cylinder engines are offered: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which is admittedly quite aggressive, and the more desirable turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder delivering a lot more punch.

The Hyundai Kona has been a competitive player in the small SUV segment since its introduction for the 2018 model year. For 2022, it receives significant improvements that will make the segment leader. like the Subaru Crosstrek and Kia Seltos must follow. When it comes to size, the Kona sits between the Venue and Tucson in Hyundai's SUV lineup.

What's new ?

Refined exterior design

Sport N Line decoration

New CVT for base engine

Power upgrades for the 1.6-liter engine are available, mated to a retuned dual-clutch transmission

Additional insulation, new windshield should improve NVH

Extra cargo space and legroom for the second row

10.3 inch digital panel display available

10.3-inch infotainment system available

Electronic parking brake available on top equipment

Ambient lighting for cup holders and footwells

Efficiency ?

The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder is used for the 2022 model, making 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. This engine is now mated to a CVT instead of the six-speed automatic. The available 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder delivers 195 hp, up 20 hp over the previous model and 195 lb-ft. A pair of seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions have been modified with this engine.

Safety ?

New Hyundai Kona 2022, Kona offers Highway Driving Assistance System, which helps keep the vehicle in the center of the lane at the correct distance behind the vehicle in front. It also adjusts the Kona's speed based on the speed limit. A newly available rear cross-traffic avoidance feature helps to avoid collisions when reversing by applying the brake when necessary. Other available safety features include lane-keeping assist, blind-spot assist and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capabilities.

Main competitor:

Subaru Crosstrek

Mazda CX-30


Kia Seltos

Hyundai Kona N

To embody the N philosophy with its three pillars corner rascal, everyday sports car, and race track capability, the all-new KONA N comes with a range of high-performance functionalities: Electronic Limited Slip Differential (e-LSD) and its various Electronic Stability Control (ESC) modes have been optimised to improve cornering. Traction Mode ensures that traction can be established across a variety of road conditions while N Grin Control System offers five drive modes across all N models (Eco, Normal, Sport, N and Custom) contribute to its everyday sports car character. Finally, features such as Launch Control or Creep Off ensure full racetrack capability.

KONA N design makes for a powerful presence on the road

The all-new Hyundai KONA N is a 'hot SUV', whose look clearly speaks about a powerful presence and driving fun. It combines the modern design of the new KONA base car with the bold and dynamic language of N models. With a 4,215-mm length, 1,800-mm width, and 1,565-mm height, the all-new KONA N is 10 mm longer than the new KONA and just as long as the new KONA sporty N Line trim. At 2,600 mm, the wheelbase, compared with the base car, remains unchanged. A total of 361 litres of storage space supports a range of outdoor activities. Designed with a focus on maximum weight reduction and high strength, the lightweight 19-inch forged alloy wheels add to a great stance and very sporty appearance.

Exterior design

The exterior design features understated, body-coloured design elements with N-exclusive red accents. At the front, the iconic KONA "shark nose" front end is complemented by large air openings that fulfil the cooling needs of the powerful N-tuned engine. The front splitter of the bumper has been increased in size by 10 mm to improve aerodynamic drag and balance. The lower grille was inspired by aeronautic fuselage and conveys a message of aerodynamic efficiency and speed. Body-coloured claddings emphasise the width and bring the vehicle closer to the ground. An exclusive front grille design, with its dedicated mesh, an integrated N logo, and the aggressive light signature of the new KONA, complete the vehicle's powerful front-on appearance. The Hyundai emblem in dark satin grey was moved down from the bonnet to lower the front focal point.

To the side, customers will notice how the all-new KONA N's sporty silhouette is emphasised by a low ride height. Several other design cues indicate that this is a high-performance Hyundai N model, including N-exclusive alloy wheels with a dark satin grey finish and red callipers, an N logo on the wheel cap, and an exclusive side sill in red with an engraved N logo.

At the rear, the large, double-wing roof spoiler dominates the view, providing the necessary balance to keep the car on the road. Customers will also notice the iconic triangular third brake light. Lower down on the rear bumper, a large diffuser enhances the airflow departure and minimises turbulence. Its red accent line and two large exhaust mufflers further emphasise the performance spirit.

For the launch of the all-new Hyundai KONA N, Hyundai developed a new exterior colour: Sonic Blue. Sonic Blue is set between white and light grey, tinted with Performance Blue. It has been developed to be suitable for an SUV body type while still referencing the dedicated Hyundai high-performance colour Performance Blue. The exclusive new N SUV colour complements and contrasts with the other red, dark grey, and glossy black exterior design elements, giving the all-new KONA N a sporty new look. KONA N is also available in Performance Blue, which is exclusive to N models.

All-new KONA N exterior colours:

Sonic Blue - the new N SUV dedicated colour - with Tomato Red accents [launch colour]

Phantom Black Pearl

Atlas White

Cyber Grey Metallic

Dark Knight Grey Pearl

Ignite Red

Performance Blue

Interior design

Inside, the all-new Hyundai KONA N offers a performance-oriented look and feel optimised for high-performance driving. It is equipped with high-quality Alcantara materials. One feature that stands out is the N-exclusive sport steering wheel, which features a design optimised for the perfect grip and button layout necessary for dynamic driving. Two customisable N buttons on the steering wheel allow for any type of pre-set to be mapped according to individual needs for even more ease of operation, and paddle shifters make it possible for the driver to switch gears without taking their hands off the wheel.

The N-branded handbrake features non-slip perforated leather and a thicker grip area for a more secure braking performance. Customers will also notice the exclusive Performance Blue stitching and high-quality metal pedals, and exclusive sports seats. N logos on the gear shift, hand brake, door scuff, and seats allow customers to "feel the feeling" whenever they are inside the car.

The all-new KONA N is available with an exclusive N colour package featuring one-tone Black with cloth, leather, or suede seats.

2022 Hyundai Kona interior & exterior Walkaround - upgraded styling, technology and versatility | Mini Auto 2022 Hyundai Kona interior & exterior Walkaround - upgraded styling, technology and versatility | Mini Auto Reviewed by Dang Nhan on June 26, 2021 Rating: 5

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