The 2024 Hyundai Kona gets bigger, but it stays funky.

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The 2024 Hyundai Kona gets bigger, but it stays funky.

Creating the perfect commuter vehicle involves blending efficiency, practicality, affordability, and a touch of sophistication. Since its debut, the H

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Creating the perfect commuter vehicle involves blending efficiency, practicality, affordability, and a touch of sophistication. Since its debut, the Hyundai Kona has embraced this recipe, even injecting a bit of thrill with its N version.

The 2024 Hyundai Kona will have a fresh face. Its length has increased by six inches, and the starting price has jumped by roughly $2000. Priced at $25,435, the Kona remains an enticing option in the market. The car’s core appeal remains intact despite its size increment, which slightly affects acceleration and fuel efficiency.

The 2024 Hyundai Kona Updated Aesthetics

The 2024 Kona‘s front retains its foundational design but embraces a more streamlined look. A slender running light spans the width, and the updated grille now has functionality with active shutters enhancing airflow. The rear reflects the front’s changes with a sleek red light. The N Line variant elevates the look further with body-hued cladding, a standout rear spoiler, and unique bumpers and alloys.

Inside, Hyundai has prioritized passenger comfort for daily commutes. Features like heated seats and steering wheels cater to those in colder climates. The older model’s dashboard and entertainment screens have been swapped out for a modern dual 12.3-inch display housed within a single frame. The cabin boasts multiple USB-C ports for both front and rear occupants.

The shift lever’s move from the center console to the steering column is intriguing. This shift frees up space in the center for more oversized items, although the lack of a sealing mechanism is a peculiar choice. Thankfully, physical climate controls remain post-redesign.

Space has been optimized; the Kona is longer by 5.7 inches, which improves rear space and boosts cargo capacity. Hyundai achieved this by slimming down the front seats, enhancing rear comfort. The rear seating angle is a bit reclined, but it’s comfortable for short trips – a significant upgrade from its predecessor.

Performance: Maintaining Its Zest

Engines from the prior Kona model make a comeback. The SE and SEL pack a 147-hp 2.0-liter engine, while the N Line and Limited get a 190-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter engine. The turbo variant now uses an eight-speed automatic, replacing the earlier seven-speed dual-clutch. Given the Kona’s increased size and transmission changes, a slight delay in 0-60 mph acceleration is anticipated.

Although the revamped Kona isn’t a speed demon, it offers a satisfying drive. The car’s responsive nature and capable suspension handle most road challenges. Wheel size varies, with 19-inch ones on the N Line and Limited and smaller ones on basic models. A Sport mode is available but influences steering feel minimally.

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Front-wheel drive is standard, with an all-wheel-drive option costing $1500 more. Fuel efficiency is expected to drop due to its design changes. Official figures indicate 31 mpg for the 2.0-liter and 28 mpg for the turbo 1.6-liter with front-wheel drive, showing a slight deviation from the previous model.

Specifications

2024 Hyundai Kona
Vehicle Type: front-engine, front- or all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE
SE, $25,435; SEL, $26,785; N-Line, $31,985; Limited, $32,985; AWD prices $1500 higher

ENGINES
SE, SEL: DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-4, 147 hp, 132 lb-ft; N Line, Limited: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 1.6-liter inline-4, 190 hp, 195 lb-ft

TRANSMISSIONS
SE, SEL: continuously variable automatic; N Line, Limited: 8-speed automatic

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 104.7 in
Length: 171.3–172.6 in
Width: 71.9 in
Height: 62.4–63.6 in
Passenger Volume, F/R: 53–55/47 ft3
Cargo Volume, behind F/R: 64/26 ft3
Curb Weight (C/D est): 3000–3500 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 7.5–8.6 sec
1/4-Mile: 16.0–17.0 sec
Top Speed: 125 mph

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 26–31/24–29/29–35 mpg

Conclusion

The 2024 Hyundai Kona is ideal for most city commuters. Its extended frame adds to its utility without compromising the enjoyable drive that initially made the compact SUV so beloved. With advanced features like blind spot detection and 360-degree cameras, the Kona reinforces its place in the urban jungle. Its evolution in size, price, and minor changes in performance still position the Kona as a lively and delightful choice for city driving.

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