The 2022 Hyundai Kona and Kona Electric have been reimagined with new convenience and safety features that place this car at the top of the SUV list. There is the eco-focused Electric, the Turbo, the new N Line version, and the Limited trim kits.
Hyundai Kona Limited – Review
Each of these versions has something unique and cutting-edge to offer to a variety of drivers and passengers.
Sporty Exterior Design
The striking new front end has a low-profile, yet powerful stance. The car looks sporty because it sits lower to the ground than similar SUVs in its class. I liken it to a crouching tiger.
Enhanced LED daytime running lamps further enhance this motif with a cat-eye appearance. There are aerodynamic inlets Integrated into the bumper corners that improve airflow.
Horizontally elongated rear taillights reflect the creativity of the signature front headlights. The rear protective fascia armor is constructed with a contrasting material. New and striking alloy wheel designs are visible from various angles.
The Kona Electric has a sleeker front fascia design with a more aerodynamic shape and less of a grille than the fuel-powered model.
It is no surprise that Hyundai has updated the interior of the new Kona to give it a more sophisticated yet utility appearance.
It is both refined and rugged at the same time to appeal to customers with an active lifestyle. The cargo space has been increased for carrying more gear.
The redesigned console is separated from the instrument panel to emphasize a horizontal layout that has a wider and more spacious atmosphere. Ambient lighting illuminates the footwells and cup holders. The finish has the look of refined aluminum.
Hyundai offers two Kona gas-powered engines. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson engine produces 147 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 132 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm.
This is paired with Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission for exceptional efficiency. The N Line and Limited trims sport a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder direct-injected, turbocharged engine with an estimated 195 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque from 1500-4500 rpm.
The 2022 Kona turbo engine is coupled with seven-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission for optimal efficiency and acceleration.
The Kona electric powertrain boasts of a 258-mile range. The high-efficiency motor is 150 kW with 201 horsepower and 291 lb.-ft. of torque distributed to the front wheels. This model of Kona gets an estimated MPGe of 132 city, 108 highway, and 120 combined.
Technology and Safety
The 2022 Kona base and Kona Limited now have a 10.25-inch digital cluster and 10.25-inch navigation center stack display with improved connectivity features.
The display comes with a split-screen function, voice recognition, and multiple Bluetooth connections. There is also wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
A Digital Key is supported by a dedicated smartphone app that unlocks the car and starts the engine.
The new Kona is available with a wide array of advanced safety and driving assist features. The available SmartSense suite includes:
- Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist
- Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
- Highway Drive Assist
- Lane Following Assist
- Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
- Rear Occupant Alert
- Safe Exit Warning
- Smart Cruise Control
The 2022 Kona Limited has an MSRP starting at $28,660. There are four available trim options for this smaller sporty SUV.