2018 Hyundai Kona Canada Reviews Release Date

 


2018 Hyundai Kona Canada Reviews Release Date

2018 Hyundai Kona Canada Reviews Release Date – Hyundai finally launched SUV subcompact Kona. The boldly designed little crossover goes on sale this month in Korea, with North America and Europe going online shortly thereafter.

Named after the coastal area of Hawaii, the Kona slot under the popular Tucson Hyundai, enters the growing B-SUV segment where its funky, love-or-hate aesthetic will be head-to-head with popular items like the Honda HR- V, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3 and new C-HR Toyota.

2018 Hyundai Kona Canada Reviews Release Date

2018 Hyundai Kona Canada Reviews Release Date


2018 Hyundai Kona Design


Like most of Hyundai’s latest designs, Kona is certainly different. Actually, this is really aggressive by class standards, and I love it. It stands out in a way that reminds Nissan Juke of almost juke, the model that soon left our market. Kona’s short overhangs and long axis distances give Kona’s taut, capable faces and tapered window shutters and double-tone roof (which, in the case of models seen here, faint), will give a slick appearance.
Kona’s face is defined by rear lights and narrow LED back lights, which is unusual in shape and layout. The daytime running lights and turn signal are placed in a narrow slash just under the hood, while the headlights are a separate unit that marks the new Hyundai Cascading lattice design. This car should be easily recognizable, day or night.

2018 Hyundai Kona Canada Reviews Release Date

I’m not sure about Kona’s “black armor”, the plastic cladding that lines the well. Perhaps this detail gives the design a more rugged look, but to me, it’s a little reminiscent of the first generation Toyota RAV4 or something French. That’s not to say the cladding does not work, much less from the rest of the aesthetics to my eyes.
With a length of 13.7 feet and a width of 5.9 feet, Kona is similar in size to many direct competitors, albeit a bit shorter. Its wheelbase is 102.4 inches in the correct line, too.

2018 Hyundai Kona Canada Reviews Release Date

2018 Hyundai Kona Canada Reviews Release Date


2018 Hyundai Kona Gadget


Kona has a lot of information and entertainment technologies, some of which you’d expect, some may not. The infotainment system includes Android Auto compatibility and the standard Apple CarPlay, and navigation and HD Radio available, as well as 4G telematics.

Console-based wireless charging is also available, the first for this category. Kona will be able to notify you when your phone is fully charged, or if you leave it in the car as it exits the vehicle.

Unexpected feature for other classes is the available head-up screen. This is a less sophisticated type as seen on some models Mini and Mazda, but still will show speed, nav-nav instructions, audio info and more.
Instead of projecting directly into the windshield, this type of HUD displays information on pieces of folding gauge size masks when not in use. Such systems tend to eat less space in the dash, coupled with lower weight and cost, but do not tend to look polished.

2018 Hyundai Kona Canada Reviews Release Date

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2018 Hyundai Kona Powertrain and suspension


The Kona base engine is a 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that runs on the Atkinson cycle to maximize fuel savings. It produces 132 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm and is mated to a conventional six-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai claims a very relaxing 0-to-62 mph time of 10 seconds and a top speed of 121 mph.

The step-up engine – one North American seems most likely to offer – is a tuned version of the famous four-digit Gamma in Hyundai. Turbocharged engine rated 175 hp and torque of 196 pound-feet, with round peaks ranging between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm. Smaller but stronger engines and can move Kona up to 62 mph in the claimed 7.7 seconds and at a speed of 131 mph, sending power to the wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

All-wheel drive is an option for both machines and at all trim levels.
For the US there are two driving modes, Sports and Normal, which have different throttle, transmission shift point and torque mapping.
Overseas buyers can also order a three-cylinder gasoline engine with a 1.0 liter and 1.6 liter diesel, but do not expect it to come to the state, or six-speed manual transmission available.
Estimated fuel economy for North American engines is not yet available.

On the suspension side of the equation, all Kona models accept MacPherson struts in front. Meanwhile, the rear setting varies depending on how many wheels are driven: The front-drive model gets a simple torque beam architecture, while the all-wheel drive version receives a more sophisticated multilink circuit. This may indicate that AWD is the way to go, even if you do not require excessive weather performance.

2018 Hyundai Kona Canada Reviews Release Date

2018 Hyundai Kona Canada Reviews Release Date


2018 Hyundai Kona Safety


A sophisticated propulsion assistant system quickly gains fascination, even at the small and affordable end of the market, and Kona looks like it will stack up well in this. Forward Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist uses a front-facing camera to detect potential collisions and automatically involves braking, and line guidance and driver warning alert systems also aim to prevent accidents before they occur.
Radar-based blind spot monitors and rear traffic alerts are also available.


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