The Hyundai KONA stands out among small SUVs, offering a powerful driving performance and a winning combination of style and functionality. Unlike many of its competitors, the KONA’s engine has plenty of pep, making for an exciting and sporty driving experience. Add to that the KONA’s affordable price point, and it’s no wonder that so many drivers in the Auburn and Montgomery area looking for a small SUV turn to this impressive vehicle.
Auburn offers abundant outdoor activities, and the KONA fits right in with a lifestyle of outdoorsy adventures. The cargo area is also the perfect place to stow all of your tailgating gear during football season, as there’s more than enough room for coolers and picnic baskets alike. At Hyundai of Auburn, we want to give you all the details about this versatile SUV to help you decide if it’s the best choice for you.
The Hyundai KONA comes in four trim levels to match everybody’s wishlist and budget. Available trim levels are SE, SEL, N Line, and Limited. The base trim, SE, is perfect for drivers looking for an efficient and comfortable everyday SUV. It comes with the most affordable price tag and offers a nice assortment of standard features to make you feel like you’re riding in style. The SEL trim level provides additional features that improve the KONA’s functionality, including slightly larger wheels and standard roof rails.
The N Line takes the KONA into a sportier arena, featuring a turbocharged engine, bold exterior styling, and cloth-covered sport front seats with additional bolstering to help you stay put through tight turns. The Limited trim level is designed for drivers needing additional luxurious touches and improved tech features. It includes the most standard driver-assistance features and an enhanced audio system.
The KONA comes with two different powertrains, one shared with the SE and SEL trim levels and one that powers the N Line and Limited editions. The base engine is a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with six-speed intelligent variable transmission, a type of automatic technology Hyundai developed to improve performance and gas mileage. If you’re looking for an enhanced ride, you’ll want to opt for the turbocharged 195-horsepower 1.6-liter engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The handling of the KONA is both agile and fun. All trim levels come standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is optional across the board. Opting for all-wheel drive means you’ll receive a more substantial independent rear suspension, creating an even smoother ride on bumpy back roads.
If fuel efficiency is an important factor for you when buying a new vehicle, you’ll be impressed with what you’ll find in the KONA. The best fuel economy is in the base engine when paired with front-wheel drive, rated for 30 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. The turbocharged engine in the upper trim levels is very close, rated for up to 29 mpg city and 35 mpg highway when paired with front-wheel drive. The gas mileage on the all-wheel drive KONAs is still respectable, coming in at 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
Hyundai is renowned in the automotive industry for providing exceptional driver-assistance safety features in all its vehicles. The KONA is no exception, offering features such as forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic detection, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assist in the base trim level. Additional standard safety features include a driver attention warning, a rearview monitor, a safe exit warning which warns exiting passengers of danger from approaching traffic, and a rear seat reminder system that prompts the driver to check the back seat for kids or pets before leaving.
If you’re looking for even more, the Limited trim level adds a few features to enhance your driving experience. These features include rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, speed limit sign monitors, and highway-driving assist that keeps the car centered in its lane when using the adaptive cruise control.
The KONA has a distinctive and bold exterior, starting with a prominent front grille highlighting the twin headlight design with LED daytime running lights. The sculpted lines along the side of this SUV provide a muscled and sporty look. The high-contrast body cladding on the base models adds flair and distinction, while the N Line and Limited trim receive body-colored cladding for a more refined look.
Inside, you’ll find cloth-covered seats everywhere except on the Limited, where you’ll be treated to leather. The 60/40-split fold-flat rear seat provides ample storage space, one of the main benefits of an SUV over a sedan.
Hyundai throws in a plentiful amount of technology into the KONA, helping you feel connected while on the road. You’ll find dual front USB ports, an additional rear USB port, and a 12V outlet. Bluetooth hands-free technology with wireless audio streaming is standard across all trim levels. The SE trim level has an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system and a 4.2-inch gauge cluster to provide vital driving information.
Starting with the SEL trim level, you’ll also have access to Sirius XM satellite radio as well as Bluelink. This program links to an app on your phone to allow you mobile control over certain features, such as remote start, climate control, and on-demand diagnostics and alerts.
At Hyundai of Auburn, our experienced team will guide you through every step when buying your KONA. Our sales team has the experience to help you find the features you’re looking for and answer any questions you have along the way. Our finance team can help you apply for financing and guide you through figuring out payment options using our online payment calculator. We can even help find you a used SUV. Once you’ve purchased your KONA, our experienced service team can help you keep it pristine by performing all your maintenance needs. Stop in for a test drive and take your new KONA home to Auburn, Opelika, or Montgomery today.