The 2024 Hyundai Kona is a utilitarian crossover in a stylish package

Hyundai has Completely redesigned Kona For the 2024 model year. The entry-level compact crossover was known for its bold design Its first generation. Although some sporty features remain, the redesign has seen the Kona adopt many of the modern elements seen in Hyundai’s more luxurious cars while remaining at the more affordable end of the Korean automaker’s range. But the two are not without their drawbacks.

Full disclosure: Hyundai flew me to Baltimore, Maryland to drive the Kona. The automaker paid for the airfare, accommodation and food.

New modern look

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The sleek aerodynamic front end of the 2024 Hyundai Kona is likely the first part of the crossover that will catch the attention of onlookers. The Kona is equipped with full-width LED light bars at the front and rear, similar to other Hyundai vehicles such as Renewed Sonata. The crossover still retains its aggressive wheel arches, which will be available in black plastic for standard and Limited models or in body color on N-Line and electric models.

Lime green 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric on a desert road

The closed front end of the Kona Electric
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The similarities to recent Hyundai models are most evident in the new Kona Electric. The electric crossover features distinctive pixel-shaped lighting below the front and rear bumpers, similar to Hyundai IONIQ models. Not surprising, considering Popular retro design elements.

Close the shutters of the active network in Kona
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Hyundai aims to keep the combustion car design and the Kona electric car as close as possible. The shared body shape allowed both models to reap the benefits of improved aerodynamics. However, the pair has some differences beyond the distinct pixel lighting. The combustion model is equipped with Active mesh shutters To feed the engine with cold air as needed. Like most electric cars, the Kona Electric doesn’t have a motor under the hood for cooling, and its front end is enclosed.

The powertrain is restricted

1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine

1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine
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The 2024 Hyundai Kona is equipped with a 2-liter four-cylinder engine as standard. Engine power is 147 hp. Top end n-line Limited trim levels use a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four that produces 190 horsepower. All-wheel drive is an option on all trim levels.

After driving the N-Line and Limited Kona crossovers, the Hyundai’s engine is very capable for its class, with one important caveat. Throttle response has a noticeable lag of at least a second, which worsens depending on the amount of throttle applied. It makes accelerating up to highway speeds frustrating. Putting the crossover in “Sport Mode” alleviates the problems but does not eliminate them.

The Kona Electric doesn’t have the same problem but is hampered in other ways. The entry-level electric car is only available with front-wheel drive. Hyundai claims the standard range model produces 99 kW (133 hp) and has a range of 200 miles, performance at the lower end for electric vehicles. For comparison, the EPA has evaluated the standard Volkswagen ID.4 With a power of 150 kW (201 hp) and a range of 209 miles. The extended range Kona Electric has been improved to 150 kW (201 hp) and Range 261 miles.

Functional interior design

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Hyundai focused more on function than form when designing the new Kona’s interior. The dashboard features two integrated 12.3-inch displays, mimicking the minimalist look of the automaker’s other models. The Kona also features physical buttons for all the controls it uses most often, including whether its USB-C port is used solely for charging or also as a data connection.

Apple Car Play and Android Auto are available on the Kona but will require a wired connection at launch. Wireless connectivity will be available after a future over-the-air (OTA) update. Hyundai will be able to update Various electronic systems Via OTA update, including advanced driver assistance systems, control and navigation systems. Bluelink+, Hyundai’s connected car service plan, is free on the Kona and all of the manufacturer’s 2024 models.

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The Kona features several other modifications to increase passenger and storage space. The slimmer front seats and sofa-style back seat provide good legroom, and the electric crossover has a completely flat floor for passengers in the back row. The crossover is equipped with a removable rear cargo rack with mounting pegs for panel storage. The Kona also has concealable cup holders to make room for small items. However, the plastics used inside feel thin and flimsy.

Final thoughts

Kona N-Line.  Notice the different front bumper

Kona N-Line. Notice the different front bumper
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The 2024 Hyundai Kona offers a utilitarian driving experience in a stylish and modern package. Owners will easily get from point A to point B while keeping their phone charged and without getting lost in an endless pit of touchscreen submenus. The Kona has the potential to be sporty on the road, but it feels restricted. It’s disappointing that the N Line Kona is only an appearance package because the car’s more aggressive bodywork and Alcantara upholstery scream performance.

The 2024 Hyundai Kona is on sale now, starting at $24,100. The 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric will be available later this fall. Prices have not yet been announced for the electric crossover.

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