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2018 Hyundai Kona Preview (Edmonton Launch in March)

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Edmonton’s Go Hyundai platform–Go Auto’s Northstar Hyundai, Southtown Hyundai, and Spruce Grove Hyundai–is extremely excited for the launch of the brand new 2018 Hyundai Kona in March. With it, Hyundai enters the rapidly expanding subcompact SUV segment. Competitively priced and sporting an eye-catching design, the Kona is a perfect match for drivers who enjoy the higher seating of an SUV, but  desire the maneuverability of a car. Edmonton Hyundai Kona enthusiasts, rejoice: it’s right around the corner, and it’s a fantastic ride.

Geared toward active people in an urban setting, the Kona is sharp, agile, with a ton of driver assist and safety features and a sweet interior that sports an easy-to-use infotainment system. Best of all, you don’t need to purchase one of the top trims to be impressed.

The Kona is available in four trims: the base SE, SEL, Limited, and Ultimate trim. Each is available with all-wheel drive. With a spacious interior and clever cargo solutions, the Kona is perfect for road trips to the mountains.

REASONS TO BE EXCITED

  • Affordable, competitive pricing (more on that below)
  • All-wheel-drive in a compact package
  • Charismatic design and styling
  • An advanced infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Loads of driver assist and active safety features
  • An impressively spacious interior
  • Seats five adults comfortably


EXPECTED PRICING

UPDATED, Feb 9: 

The 2018 Kona in Edmonton will start at $20,999 (MSRP) and reach $31,999 (MSRP) for the highest trim level. Destination/delivery costs will be extra, so expect to pay slightly more when all is said and done.


PERFORMANCE

Fun, fuel efficient, and sharp handling are the golden standards of this class of SUV, and the 2018 Kona gets full marks on all of them. There are two excellent engine options available, depending on trim. The base engine is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with that produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque.

The upper level Limited and Ultimate trims, for their part, are equipped with a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 175 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. (So, for comparison, four of the five Santa Fe trims have 185 horsepower.) It has a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and goes 0 to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds.

Front-wheel drive is standard on both available powertrains, but there’s also the option of having all-wheel-drive, which is rare for others of this class and is a welcome addition for Edmonton’s rougher driving. Luckily, drivers can choose between three driving modes that alter throttle responsiveness and shift times for economical or more athletic driving performance: Normal, Sport, and Eco.

Fuel economy ratings have yet to be released. Although, if the 2018 Kona is anything like its competitors, we can expect something around 8.0 L/100km to 8.5 L/100km.

In short, the 2018 Kona is predictably a high-performer within its class. Its responsive character, lightweight design, and sharp and adept handling prowess will make it great for city driving as well as the open road.



INTERIOR

Comparatively less flashy, but no less well-designed than its exterior, the 2018 Kona’s interior graces us with plenty of usable space, intelligently laid out controls, touches of fine detailing that highlight its unique styling, no matter the trim level.

In terms of cargo space, the Kona offers a capacious 19 cubic feet of cargo (translation: that easily fits a few hockey and golf bags). Furthermore, with the split rear seats that fold down flat, the Kona is a contender for best-in-class interior space, rivaling the Kia Soul and upstaging the Mazda CX-3.

Dimensionally, the 2018 Kona has no issues. Pile in your friends and family; there’s leg space for all.

As far as infotainment goes, it has a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen and the option of upgrading to an 8.0-inch unit in higher trims. Both are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which make scrolling through your music, using google maps, and making calls safe and simple – a true must-have to elevate your driving experience to its best. For the top trim, there’s a premium sound system and Qi wireless device charging.

But you don’t need to make the jump to the top trim to be spoiled with fancy features. The SEL trim (the second lowest trim) features a standard push-button start, a leather wrapped steering wheel, a shift knob, and heated seats. Leather seats and surfaces and moonroofs start at the Limited trim (the third of four).



ACTIVE SAFETY AND DRIVER ASSIST FEATURES

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have not released their ratings yet. However, the 2018 Kona is jam-packed with enough advanced driver assist and active safety features to impress.

Depending on trim level, drivers can expect to have the Edmonton Hyundai Kona come with blind-sport monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic high-beam control.


OTHER EXCITING FEATURES

There are so many features loaded into the 2018 Kona. It can be easy to forget about them in all the excitement.

Among some extra available features (subject to trim level) are:

  • Rain sensing windshield wipers
  • Bluetooth
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • LED headlights
  • Sunroof
  • Rear park assist

All trims are sitting on alloy wheels, which are resistant to rust and wear, perfect for weathering Alberta’s unforgiving climate. While the SE trim sits on 16-inch wheels, the SEL trim jumps up to 17-inch. The Limited and Ultimate trims get 18-inchers.



BOOK YOUR TEST DRIVE TODAY

For its first foray into the subcompact SUV market, Hyundai seems to have outdone itself.

Be one of the first to book a test drive for the Hyundai Kona in Edmonton! Call one of the following Go Auto dealerships:

North Side

Northstar Hyundai
14803 137 Ave
Sales: 877-611-8753

South Side

Southtown Hyundai
3603 99 St
Sales: 877-611-8757

Spruce Grove

Spruce Grove Hyundai
320 St Matthews Ave
Sales: 855-632-2828


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