But the Kona's small size isn't the only thing that makes it special. Exciting exterior styling, a roomy cabin and a choice of engines makes the Kona an attractive choice.
Hyundai will offer the Kona in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited and Ultimate. Even as the base model, the SE comes decked out in 16-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, and plenty of tech features such as Bluetooth, a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, a USB port, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a six-speaker audio system. Not bad for a base model.
Want a few more goodies? The SEL trim adds 17-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and satellite radio. This is how the tester arrived.
When it comes to powertrains, Hyundai gives you a choice there, as well. SE and SEL models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque hooked up to a six-speed automatic. But the Limited and Ultimate uses a a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (175 hp, 195 lb-ft) that's mated to a seven-speed automated dual-clutch transmission. Standard on all Konas is front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive, which also incorporates a much more sophisticated rear suspension for a better ride, is optional.
Room in the Kona is good for a vehicle of its size. Front seats are supportive, comfortable and roomy. Backseat passengers will be comfortable as long as front-seat passengers are not six-foot-something, or else leg room will be in short supply. When it comes to cargo, there is 19.2 cubic feet of room behind the rear seats, which expands to 45.8 cubic feet if the rear backseats are folded down. As little as it may be there is some decent utility room found in the Kona.
With a starting price just under the $20,000 mark, the Kona seems to be a good deal. Even going all out with the Ultimate trim, the Kona maxes out right under $29,000.
It seems as if the small crossover market is growing by the day, giving buyers many vehicles to choose from. The Kona is yet another one of those choices. But while the Kona may be small, it's big on personality.