2018 Hyundai Kona Awarded a Wards 10 Best Interiors

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] A high end accolade for an entry level CUV.

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – April 24, 2018

    2018 Hyundai Kona Interior


    The all-new 2018 Hyundai Kona’s sleek and modern interior was acknowledged by the editors of WardsAuto which just named it to this year’s Wards 10 Best Interiors list.

    Christie Truett, senior editor, WardsAuto:
    WardsAuto editors studied the vehicles in February and March, selecting the 10 winners from a field of 40 vehicles with new or significantly refreshed interiors. Editors evaluated the vehicles’ features including ergonomics, driver information, fit-and-finish, materials, value, safety, comfort and design harmony. There was no price cap on entries. Ultimately, WardsAuto editors are looking for interiors that raise the bar not only for the brand but also for that vehicle’s segment.

    During the selection process, editors pay close attention to fit-and-finish, checking to see if seams are straight and match up cleanly on armrests, instrument panels and throughout the interior. Editors climb in and out of back seats and third rows in larger CUVs and SUVs to check overall comfort levels, headroom and legroom. Another increasingly important category is driver information. Smartphone integrations and voice-activation systems also are rigorously tested.


    Hyundai designers maximized the Kona’s interior volume for luggage. The split-folding rear seats fold flat via a dual-level loading floor that gives three inches of additional vertical space and allows easy access for a variety of recreational equipment.

    Kona offers features that they would be accustomed to in larger CUV segments, such as a large color LCD electroluminescent gauge cluster, power driver’s seat, heated leather seats, automatic air conditioning and proximity key.

    On the infotainment front, the Kona includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM, HD Radio and next-generation Blue Link LTE-powered connectivity. The standard 7” color LCD touchscreen includes AM/FM/MP3, auxiliary input jacks, voice-command recognition and a Rear-View camera all standard. The available 8” touchscreen navigation display includes next-generation Blue Link, traffic flow and incident data via HD radio, Infinity premium audio with eight speakers, subwoofer and Clari-Fi music-restoration technology. A Qi smartphone wireless charger is also available.

    The fully loaded Kona Ultimate arrives with Blue Link, including complimentary three-year Blue Link services, with enhanced safety, diagnostic, remote and guidance services. Blue Link brings connectivity directly into the car with technologies like Google Home, Remote Start with Climate Control, Destination Search powered by Google, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link features can be accessed via buttons on the rearview mirror, the MyHyundai.com web portal, the Blue Link smartphone app, Amazon Alexa Blue Link skill and by using the Blue Link Google Assistant app. Some features can also be controlled via Android Wear and Apple Watch smartwatch apps.

    Kona also offers the largest Heads-Up Display (HUD) - more than twice as bright as the competition and double the size - in the segment.

    Good stuff! Now if it only had the Ioniq’s drivetrain, whoooaaa! :)
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  2. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    I hear good things about the Kona from reviewers. Most seem to agree it's the best in its segment and the segment is hot selling. If I wanted 4wd, it would get a hard look.
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  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Jay:

    Here is another...

    Hyundai’s Kona Stacking up Awards

    The all-new 2018 Hyundai Kona was just awarded the Best Economic Performance and Best 5 All-Around Performance awards from Automotive Science Group (ASG) for leading its segment in overall value and all-around performance.

    2018 Hyundai Kona


    Colby Self, Managing Director of ASG:
    ASG’s performance analysis is a data-driven assessment, analyzing economic, environmental and social performance indicators across a vehicle’s life-cycle, and in relative comparison to all 374 crossovers assessed in ASG’s 2018 study. ASG uses its proprietary Automotive Performance Index, which is a combination of conventional specifications, along with environmental, economic and social performance indicators.

    Starting at $19,500, the Kona like the rest of the Hyundai lineup offers exceptional value with a standard 7” LCD touchscreen with rearview camera and Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, LED DRLs, 16” alloys, and a 2.0L I4 with a 33-mpg highway rating in FWD format.

    Advanced safety features including a Lane-Keeping Assist system, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, Lane Change Assist, Parking Distance Warning and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection are also available.

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  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    The Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) awarded the all-new 2018 Hyundai Kona Ultimate AWD its “Subcompact Utility Vehicle” Award during the 218 Mudfest competition last week in Shelton, Washington. More than 25 NWAPA automotive journalists were on hand at the event in Ridge Motorsports Park.

    2018 Hyundai Kona


    Starting at $19,500, the 2018 Hyundai Kona includes a 7” LCD touchscreen with rearview camera and Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, LED DRLs, and 16” alloy wheels all standard from the base SE trim on up.

    The Kona’s standard 147 hp and 132 lb-ft. of torque 2.0L provides owners with a 27/33 and 25/30 mpg city/highway rating in FWD and AWD configurations. These low ratings are the only shortcoming I can find on the Kona vs. many of its direct competitors. The new Kicks’ much lower price from top to bottom trims (2018 Nissan Kicks Pricing Released) is also a strong data point to consider. Having finally seen one in a customer’s hands here in Southern California, it appears larger than the segment offerings and the front Flying H badge is big!

    The available advanced safety features available include Lane-Keeping Assist, Blind-Spot Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Parking Distance Warning and auto braking Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection.

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