After a successful debut last model year, the 2019 Hyundai Kona returns as a complete carryover. This subcompact crossover SUV is loaded with multiple driver-assist safety features and returns competitive fuel economy figures, but its busy exterior styling may have some buyers looking elsewhere.
What's New for 2019
The Hyundai Kona is unchanged for 2019.
Choosing Your Hyundai Kona
The 2019 Hyundai Kona comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available across the lineup for $1,400. SE and SEL trims receive power via a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. This powerplant is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and achieves an EPA-estimated 27 miles per gallon city, 33 mpg highway, and 30 combined, or 25/30/27 mpg (city/highway/combined) with all-wheel drive.
Limited and Ultimate models are powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This engine returns 28/32/30 mpg with FWD or 26/29/27 mpg with AWD.
Outside of the plethora of brilliant exterior color options, buyers don't have much to choose from when configuring their Kona, as only one package is available. Instead, features are mostly distributed across the four trims:
The 2019 Hyundai Kona enters its sophomore year offering plenty of standard safety and technology features for a competitive price. Among the four trims, the SEL with the Tech Package is a smart buy.