The All-New 2024 Hyundai Kona is Here

August 18th, 2023 by

2024 Hyundai Kona near Birmingham, AL

The Hyundai Kona first came to market as a brand-new model in 2018, reflecting the imminent rise of the ever-growing crossover SUV segment. Over the course of its first generation, the Kona solidified a strong reputation as one of the best compact SUVs for the money, and it won numerous accolades along the way, too.

Now entering its second generation, the Kona has seen a complete redesign for the 2024 model year, with new looks and new drivetrains. Now that it’s officially begun to arrive on North American shores, let’s take a gander at how this plucky but spacious little SUV has gotten even better.

Electrified-First Engineering

The 2024 Kona actually covers two similarly-designed but technically separate models: the gas-powered Kona, and the 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric. In a unique design decision, Hyundai decided to develop the second-gen Kona with an all-electric drivetrain first, as opposed to the usual process of starting with an internal combustion engine spec.

Starting with an EV design gave Hyundai the freedom to implement some forward-thinking aspects into the Kona Electric. One of the most instantly recognizable features is the Pixelated Seamless Horizon Lamp, which adorns the front and gives the electric model a one-of-a-kind flourish. The Kona Electric also boasts a “frunk” forward storage compartment where the gasoline engine would be.

Other EV-centric features include i-PEDAL one-pedal driving, which improves performance and electric range thanks to the regenerative braking system, and a Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) bi-directional charger, which provides enough juice to charge equipment like electric bikes and generators for added versatility when you’re off the beaten path.

The current range estimate for the Kona Electric on a full charge is 260 miles. Hyundai has also said that it will go from 10 to 80% battery life in just 43 minutes using DC fast charging, ensuring the Kona Electric will be one of the most economical small SUVs on the market when it reaches the US in late fall.

Gas-Powered Drivetrains

2024 Hyundai Kona in Birmingham, AL

As with the previous generation, the 2024 Kona will have a total of four powertrain combos, with two available engines and two drivetrain options.

The base engine, which will come in the SE and SEL trims, is a 2.0L 4-cylinder powerplant, which puts out 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine option provides a bit less in the way of acceleration, but it offers some of the best crossover fuel economy money can buy. With two-wheel drive, it’s capable of achieving 34 miles to the gallon on the highway and 29 in the city, which puts it nearly neck-and-neck with the small hybrid SUV segment.

The other option in the Limited and N Line trim is a beefed-up 1.6L 4-cylinder turbocharged motor, which cranks 190 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque—a formidable increase, and one that will surely appeal to SUV buyers with a greater need for speed. The performance-focused N Line also has slightly tweaked dimensions, with a lowered stance and ergonomic exterior cladding.

Regardless of trim or engine, all new models will be available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, with AWD providing significantly more ground clearance to aid in activities like camping and light overlanding.

Exterior and Interior Design

Because of its EV-first parameters, the Kona was built with a priority on aerodynamics to maximize range and fuel economy.

Looking at the new Kona side-by-side with previous years, perhaps the most obvious difference is the size increase. The 2024 Kona is taller, and wider, and has gained over 2 full inches on its wheelbase. The biggest dimensional difference is the length, though—it’s up a full half a foot, which may not seem like all that much, but trust us when we say, you’ll notice when you step inside.

Logically, an increase in exterior space has to translate to more Kona 2024 interior space too, right?

2024 Hyundai Kona passenger dimensions are up across the board, with headroom, shoulder room, and hip room all receiving a boost in both the front and rear. The most impressive change by far though is the increase in space to stretch the legs, which has increased by an entire 3 inches in the back row thanks to redesigned seatbacks and cargo area. Based on that one adjustment alone, we’d say it’s now firmly in the running for the compact SUV with the most rear leg room.

Speaking of cargo area: with the rear seats up, the new Kona is packing an extra 6 cubic feet of rear cargo space. If that wasn’t impressive enough, when you put the rear row down, the 2024 edition is bigger than the previous year by nearly 18 cubic feet, transforming it into a small SUV with the most cargo space available. The first-gen Kona was already a perfect around-towner for families, but with the 2024 version, Hyundai has broadened its capability to a full-on adventure mobile.

Technology and Safety

2024 Hyundai Kona Interior

With its forward-thinking design, it only makes sense that the Kona has supplementary tech features to match.

Drivers are immediately greeted by two 12.3-inch digital panoramic displays, which give the impression of a single seamless screen. These screens handle multimedia infotainment, navigation, vehicle diagnostics, and more. These features are bolstered by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, Sirius XM, HD radio, and available Bose 8-speaker premium audio system. Other features include a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless device charging, front and rear USB ports, and Hyundai Digital Key 2 with Bluelink, which allows you to wirelessly interact with the vehicle, as well as start, stop, and unlock using the app on your phone.

In addition to the killer infotainment tech, the Kona’s EV-based design ensures impressive sound insulation. Some EVs are notorious for excessive road noise while driving at high speeds, due to the lack of sound from the engine—because it started out as an electric vehicle from the drawing board, even gas engine Konas have superior noise cancellation technology to ensure it’s one of the quietest compact SUVs on the highway.

Of course, the 2024 Kona is also outfitted with the latest and greatest version of Hyundai SmartSense, which includes all sorts of standard and optional ADAS features to give you supreme confidence on the road. Standard features across all trim levels include blind spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic avoidance, lane keeping and following assist, driver attention warning, rear occupant alert, safe exit warning, and high beam assist. This impressive list of features is supplemented by upgraded safety features like nav-based smart cruise control, highway driving assist, surround view monitor, forward collision avoidance assist, and remote smart parking assist. Whether you opt for the base-level Kona SE, or the upgraded Kona Limited, you can rest assured that it’s one of the safest SUVs for teen drivers and adults alike.

Ready to Join the Next Generation?

With the official Hyundai Kona 2024 release date already in the rearview, now’s the perfect time to stop by your local Hyundai dealer in Birmingham to get a look at the best-looking small SUV for yourself. Or, you can always wait a couple more months to test out the 2024 Kona Electric…

Here at Jim Burke, we have new vehicle specials galore year-round. Give us a call at (205) 502-2792, or stop by our location at 1424 5th Ave N in the heart of B-Ham to learn more.

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