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2019 Hyundai Kona OVERVIEW

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 base Kona SE comes well equipped for a starting price of $21,035 (all prices include a $1,045 destination charge). Standard fare includes 16-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, a center console storage compartment, keyless entry, a 3.5-inch multi-information display, a six speaker audio-system, and a seven-inch infotainment system featuring a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and Bluetooth. The SE also features several standard driver-assist safety systems that include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, automatic headlights, a driver's blind-spot mirror, and a driver attention warning system.


The SEL starts at $22,845 and includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a proximity key, push-button start, heated front seats, heated exterior side mirrors with integrated turn signals, rear privacy glass, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. It also adds blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. The SEL is offered in seven exterior colors, along with three (Sonic Silver, Surf Blue, and Pulse Red) that are available with a contrasting black roof for an additional $350. The Tech Package ($1,600) adds a power sunroof, an eight-way power driver seat, fog lights, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, a shark-fin antenna, and Hyundai's Blue Link system.


The Limited, which starts at $26,595, receives the upgraded 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and seven-speed automatic transmission. The Kona Limited receives all of the contents of the SEL's Tech Package as standard, along with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, a chrome grille, leather seating surfaces, dark gray body cladding, and an automatic temperature control system. While there are no package options available, consumers can opt for a special bright lime exterior color to spice up their Kona Limited.


The range-topping Ultimate costs $28,545 and focuses on interior enhancements by adding an eight-inch touchscreen, navigation, wireless device charging, a head-up display, an upgraded 4.2-inch multi-information display. Additional safety features that come as standard include a park distance warning system, high beam assist, pedestrian detection, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. There are no option packages available.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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