Cowabunga! It is Hawaiian-themed Hyundai’s Kona – Boston Herald

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Cowabunga! It is Hawaiian-themed Hyundai's Kona - Boston Herald

When you think about a subcompact SUV, potential buyers will often use the newest and best of their favorite manufacturers.

In 2018, Hyundai planted a flag in the segment, with a big bang on the market – the Kona with the Hawaiian theme.

The Kona, with its loud and rad color combinations, offers some major changes in the family-loving, mountain-viewing, sightseeing entry.

Safety is discussed. The 2020 Kona offers automatic braking, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane assist and rear parking sensors.

Drivers and passengers can enjoy wireless charging, LED headlights, rain sensors with a rain sensor, a leather interior and heads-up display. There is certainly enough value for money in the upgrades category.

Five model options are available on the 2020 Kona: the SE, SEL and SEL Plus come standard with the suitable 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 147 hp. The Limited – and our Pulse Red tester, an Ultimate model – comes standard with a more powerful 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder turbo engine and a seven-speed EcoShift dual clutch transmission with row selection mode.

During our two-week test drive we took the Kona on some great sightseeing tours through New England. The Kona delivered zero worries while traveling on steep slopes or descents and accelerated well in traffic. Impressive is an understatement – the Kona really made for a great overall feeling. The interior offers an easy-to-navigate seven-inch screen on SE, SEL and SEL Plus, and the Limited and Ultimate have an eight-inch screen, all standard with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

In the subcompact SUV category, the Kona matches well with the Honda HR-V, the Mazda CX-3 and the Ford EcoSport. The safety, the interior and the functions are absolutely on top of the competition. The traditional exterior fits exactly in its competition.

Hyundai still offers America’s best warranty on the market with a 10-year / 100,000-mile powertrain, five-year breakdown assistance and a five-year / 60,000-mile warranty, all quite important considering the cheap price tag the Kona offers.

In general, the Kona is a wave-maker and one that Hyundai will ride for years.

Hyundai 2020 Kona

List price: $ 29,150

As tested: $ 30,380

MPG: 26 city; 29 highway; 27 combined; 28.3 as tested