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2018 Hyundai Kona Overview

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A brand new addition to Hyundai’s U.S. lineup, the Kona is a versatile compact CUV. Its unique styling and bold colors make it stand out from the competition, while advanced tech features improve safety and entertainment along the way.

The 2018 Hyundai Kona is available in four trims: SE, SEL, Limited, and Ultimate.


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2018 Hyundai Kona

What’s New for the 2018 Hyundai Kona?

The Hyundai Kona is all-new to the U.S. market for 2018. Hyundai describes the Kona as “a stylish and functional compact CUV” with a design meant for those with an “active lifestyle.” Its four-wheel drive option, impressive fuel economy, and advanced safety tech on every trim make the Kona a great option for road trips.

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2018 Hyundai Kona Exterior

The Kona was also built on a brand new platform with extra ground clearance and an elevated driver’s seat. This design is meant to increase visibility and maneuverability with “CUV-level ground clearance,” according to Hyundai. The Kona also improves visibility with standard LED Daytime Running Lights, automatic headlights, and a driver’s blind spot mirror. You can opt for LED headlights and taillights by choosing the Limited trim.

The 2018 Hyundai Kona is available in seven exterior colors: Chalk White, Sonic Silver, Thunder Gray, Surf Blue, Lime Twist, Pulse Red, and Ultra Black.

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Exterior features available on the 2018 Hyundai Kona SE

  • Projector headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights, Roof-mounted Center High-Mount Stop Light (CHMSL), Automatic headlights, Body-color exterior mirrors, Driver’s blind spot mirror, Body-color exterior door handles, Solar glass

Exterior features available on the 2018 Hyundai Kona SEL
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  • Heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, Rear privacy glass, Roof rails

Exterior features available on the 2018 Hyundai Kona Limited
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  • LED headlights with Low Beam Assist, Front fog lights, LED taillights, Power tilt-and-slide sunroof

Exterior features available on the 2018 Hyundai Kona Ultimate
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  • High Beam Assist

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2018 Hyundai Kona Performance

You can choose from two levels of performance on the 2018 Kona. Standard, the Kona comes with a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC. This combination gives off 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. The Limited and Ultimate come with a slightly stronger engine: a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder. This engine is paired to a seven-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch transmission, producing 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The Kona come standard with front-wheel drive (FWD), but you can opt for all-wheel drive (AWD) on any of the four trims.

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2018 Hyundai Kona Efficiency

The 2018 Hyundai Kona offers impressive efficiency across every trim level, with slight variations based on your powertrain and drivetrain choices. The SE and SEL, equipped with a 2.0-liter engine, earn an estimated 27 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway when equipped with FWD. If you opt for AWD, your Kona will earn an estimated 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

When equipped with FWD, turbocharged models earn an estimated 28 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. With AWD, you’ll see an estimated 26 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

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2018 Hyundai Kona Interior

The Hyundai Kona’s interior follows a similar pattern to most other SUV and CUV models. On the base trim, you’ll find standard cloth seats, a 60/40-split fold down rear seat, and a 7-inch color touchscreen display audio system. The upper trims upgrade you to leather seats and an 8-inch color display and an eight-speaker Infinity sound system. Keep in mind that Hyundai’s audio system does not include a CD player.

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Interior features available on the 2018 Hyundai Kona SE

  • Interior: Cloth seating surfaces, Six-way adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split fold-down and reclining rear seatback with adjustable head restraint, Dual level cargo floor, Manual air conditioning, Rear window defroster with timer, Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, Steering-wheel-mounted controls, Power windows with driver auto-down, Power door locks
  • Radio and Technology: 7-inch color touchscreen display audio system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, USB and auxiliary input jacks, Rear View monitor with parking guidance, 3.5-inch segment Multi-Information Display, Remote keyless entry system with alarm and panic

Interior features available on the 2018 Hyundai Kona SEL
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  • Interior: Heated front seats, External temperature display, Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Safety one-touch front auto-up/down power window
  • Radio and Technology: Blind Spot Collision Warning, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Proximity Key entry with push-button start

Interior features available on the 2018 Hyundai Kona Limited
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  • Interior: Leather seating surfaces, Eight-way power driver seat, Power lumbar support, Automatic temperature control, Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink

Interior features available on the 2018 Hyundai Kona Ultimate
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  • Interior: Compass
  • Radio and Technology: Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Driver Attention Warning, Parking Distance Warning, 8-inch color touchscreen with navigation, Infinity premium audio with Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology and eight speakers including a subwoofer, Heads-up Display, Wireless device charging, Blue Link Connected Car System, Blue Link Connected Care Package with three-year complimentary service, Blue Link Remote Package with three-year complimentary service, Blue Link Guidance Package with three-year complimentary service, 4.2-inch Multi-Information Display

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2018 Hyundai Kona Safety

Safety is clearly a priority in the 2018 Kona. In addition to a handful of passive safety features, driver-assist features are prominent. The Ultimate comes standard with a whole suite of assistance features, including Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection. If you do end up in an accident, a front crumple zone, bodyside reinforcements, and an airbag system are designed to help absorb the impact.

Standard Safety Features on the 2018 Hyundai Kona

  • Advanced dual front airbags (SRS) with Occupant Classification System (OCS)
  • Dual front seat-mounted side-impact airbags (SRS)
  • Front and rear roof-mounted side-curtain airbags (SRS) with rollover sensors
  • Adjustable front-seat shoulder belt anchors
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters
  • LATCH Lower Anchors and Upper Tether Anchors
  • Power window lock-out button
  • Rear child safety locks
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with four-wheel disc brakes
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control (TCS) and Brake Assist
  • Vehicle Stability Management
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with individual tire indicator
  • Front crumple zone
  • Bodyside reinforcements
  • 2.5-mph bumpers
  • Electronic shift lock system and ignition key interlock
  • Anti-theft system integrated and remote keyless entry and panic alarm

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