Flash Drive: 2024 Hyundai Kona

Flash Drive: 2024 Hyundai Kona

All-New Small SUV

2024 Hyundai Kona
Gasoline for now; electrical is coming quickly

The all-new 2024 Hyundai Kona is presently provided in 4 trim ranges with the selection of two gasoline-powered engines and, in early 2024, an all-electric model will arrive. Hyundai invited automotive journalists to Baltimore, Maryland, to drive the gasoline variations, that are in sellers now. Whereas we did get some temporary seat time within the Kona EV, we’ll wait a number of extra months to assessment it. This Flash Drive is a primary take a look at the gasoline-powered 2024 Kona, with a extra detailed assessment upcoming the place we’ll dive-in deeper to the driving attributes and real-world gas economic system.

EV Objective-Designed Exterior

Hyundai says the gasoline powered Kona has an “EV-centric exterior.” This design technique is reverse of what most automobile corporations have traditionally accomplished, which is design first for a gasoline engine after which adapt it to an electrical energy plant. By beginning with the Kona Electrical in thoughts, the aerodynamics for the gasoline Kona have been lowered to a 0.302 drag coefficient (0.27 for the Kona EV) with lively grille shutters, and an aerodynamic smooth nostril, wheel arches, elevate gate and built-in rear spoiler. The 2024 Kona is not going to be mistaken for an earlier technology as it’s rounder, smoother and has a extra up to date appear and feel.

Many Choices: Two Engines/Two Transmissions/FWD and AWD

Getting the ability down

The Kona SE and SEL include a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 147 horsepower (hp) and 132 pound-feet (lb.-ft.) of torque. Obtainable with both front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) and that includes a constantly variable transmission (CVT), the brand new Kona has EPA gas economic system rankings of 29 mpg metropolis/34 freeway/31 mixed for the FWD, and 27/29/31 for the AWD.

The Kona Restricted and N-Line have a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine good for 190 hp and 195 lb.-ft. of torque, however will get the ability to both the entrance or all of the wheels via an 8-speed computerized with a torque converter. These two fashions even have almost the identical fuel economy ratings of 26/32/28 for the FWD and 24/29/26 for the AWD.

Distinctive Exterior Design Imaginative and prescient

2024 Hyundai Kona
Larger is healthier

The 2024 Kona utilized an EV universal-architecture, paving the best way for Hyundai going all-electric within the coming years, so it makes excellent sense to have the gasoline engine play a secondary function within the Kona design imaginative and prescient.

In comparison with the outgoing Kona, the 2024 is longer (5.7”) wider (1”) and taller, leading to passenger area being equal to a size-up SUV. The outside options designs of an aerodynamic nostril with a seamless horizontal mild strip that runs throughout the whole hood. The rear will get the identical easy therapy with a pixelated horizon lamp operating the total width from the fenders and throughout the ability tailgate. LED head, daytime operating and tail lights end the outside lighting design. There are a alternative of 5 alloy wheels starting from 17-19 inches, and 10 all-new for 2024 exterior colours.


2024 Hyundai Kona
Upscale touches

Hyundai says the Kona has a “driver-centric, residing area” inside. The important thing function is a floating horizontal C-Pad with twin 12.3-inch panoramic show screens. Making these screens accessible on the Kona is a pleasant contact by Hyundai, as up till just lately this configuration and know-how was solely discovered on premium and luxurious automobiles. The left display screen homes the digital meter and gauge cluster show, whereas the correct facet display screen is residence to the infotainment system The bottom system has six audio system, however stepping-up there’s a Bose premium audio set-up with an exterior amp, tweeters and eight audio system. All sound techniques get AM/FM/SiriusXM/HD Radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which for some purpose are wi-fi on the SE and SEL however wired on the N-Line and Restricted. When choosing the Comfort Bundle for wi-fi charging it’s a $2,200 premium.

2024 Hyundai Kona
Extra room in again, too

The ground is flat on the Kona EV as there isn’t a transmission, however the Kona gasoline fashions have a minimal transmission hump for rear seat passengers, who’ve three inches of extra leg room, because the Kona makes use of each shift-by-cable and shift-by-wire transmissions.

The entrance seats have been gotten smaller by 30% for added rear leg room, and the sofa-like rear seat reclines, which is new for Hyundai. Rear cargo area is 25.5 cubic toes with the rear seat upright, however grows to a really useable 63.7 cubic toes when the 60:40 rear seat is folded flat. The lift-over for the rear storage space is low regardless that the Kona is taller. Relying on the trim, seat floor supplies embody material, suede-like Alcantara (an artificial textile made out of a mix of polyester and polyurethane) and Hello-Tex leatherette.

Hitting the Street

Departing Fells Point, Maryland, Baltimore’s historic waterfront, we headed out of the town destined for Sagamore Farmvia some lovely rolling hills horse nation. The naturally aspirated 2.0-liter 4-cylinder within the Kona SEL AWD cruised effectively on the flats, with the CVT responding easily. That is true for all CVTs as they’re designed for effectivity and never efficiency. However when pulling a slight rise within the highway, the CVT tended to lag so punching the throttle was essential to discover a decrease “gear,” although, after all, there are none on a CVT. This was advantageous and anticipated, with all different points of this engine and transmission mixture very livable for each day commute and round city driving.

After lunch, my driving companion and I acquired right into a Kona N-Line AWD with the turbocharged 1.6-liter and the 8-speed computerized transmission with paddle shifters. Incessantly I discover paddle shifters to be pointless on the automobiles I assessment, however within the case of the Kona N-Line, I wanted them at instances.

2024 Hyundai Kona
Prepared for paddling

Trendy 8, 9 and 10-speed computerized transmissions are programed to get into the upper gears as shortly as attainable, and keep there, all within the curiosity of gas economic system. The draw back is that they don’t wish to downshift shortly or on the proper time when extra oomph is required. I discovered myself transferring alongside properly, within the Regular drive mode at 50 mph, within the highest gear, which was advantageous for cruising flat. However when climbing even the smallest of rises within the highway the N-Line started to gradual appreciably. This was remedied by choosing the Sport drive mode and blipping the left-side paddle down a gear or two. The turbocharged 1.6-liter responded shortly and with out hesitation, pulling the elevation rise with ease. This gave the N-Line some spirit and allowed it to point out what it may do.

Expertise and Security

The Kona comes with an in depth record of ordinary security options starting with entrance, facet influence and facet air curtain airbags. Hyundai’s SmartSensesecurity tech is powerful with Advance Driver Help Programs (ADAS) that embody a encompass view digicam, lane preserving help, blind spot detection, ahead collision avoidance, and rear cross-traffic avoidance help. Click on the above hyperlink to study their security suite. Different options are Auto Maintain, a encompass and blind view monitor with parking sensors, anti-lock brakes, and a tire strain monitoring system.

The Hyundai Blue Link telematics app supplies entry to automobile techniques together with distant beginning, and the Digital Key supplies further comfort and security.

Pricing and Availability

These 2024 Kona costs embody the necessary $1,335 Freight expenses. The Kona gasoline fashions are in sellers now in North America.

  • SE            2.0L FWD     $25,435
  • SEL          2.0L FWD     $26,785
  • SE            2.0L AWD     $26,935
  • SEL          2.0L AWD     $28,285
  • N-Line      1.6L  FWD     $31,985
  • N-Line      1.6L AWD      $33,485
  • Restricted     1.6L  FWD     $32,985
  • Restricted     1.6L  AWD     $34,485

Observations: 2024 Hyundai Kona

The tv commercial tagline for the 2024 Hyundai Kona is “Whether or not we’re prepared to just accept it or not, the commute is again.” Clearly taking part in off the post-pandemic distant working pattern of an increasing number of corporations requiring their employees to be within the workplace no less than few days every week. The tv spot exhibits employees, snug working from residence for the previous couple years, now coping with the fact of rush hour visitors.

2024 Hyundai Kona
Ready to spend extra time within the Kona

The spots are intelligent and level to the strengths of the 2024 Kona. Whereas is it bigger in all dimensions than the outgoing mannequin, it’s nonetheless labeled as a small or compact SUV. Hyundai says the all-new Kona is the “final commute conquering machine” and after a number of hours behind the wheel, we agree it will make for a cushty commute.

Hyundai makes the purpose the Kona is “designed for lively and various existence” which, contemplating its dimension, would imply singles or {couples} with out kids will likely be interested in this compact SUV, most likely laying-down the second row seat completely and filling the cargo area with out of doors journey gear.

Clear Fleet Report will write a way more detailed Street Check assessment after getting within the Kona for greater than a pair hours. We additionally will likely be among the many first to assessment the all-new 2024 Kona Electrical, which ought to be someday within the subsequent few months because it goes on-sale earlier than the tip of 2023.

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Story by John Faulkner. Photographs by John Faulkner and Hyundai.


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