The second generation of the Hyundai Kona arrived with the 2024 model. Video of the presentation

2023-09-12 21:51:53

Redesigned for the 2024 model year, the Hyundai Kona enters its second generation with new styling, a more spacious interior and updated technology features.

It competes with other affordable crossovers like the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Honda HR-V, Kia Niro, and Volkswagen Taos.

The new Kona is bigger

It grows almost 6 inches in overall length, and that translates to a few more inches of rear legroom, which is a welcome addition since the previous model was a bit tight in the back.

The range of trim levels is similar to last year, although the sporty Kona N has been discontinued and there is no official word yet on whether it will ever return.

Hyundai hasn’t changed much from last year. Most Konas come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission, or CVT.

Unfortunately, its 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque are unchanged from the current model, so expect indifferent acceleration when you put the pedal to the metal.

N Line and Limited versions receive a more powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

This engine is actually less powerful than the previous one, developing 190 hp and 195 lb-ft (5 hp less than the previous model), although the transmission is new and replaces the previous dual-clutch automatic.

So far, we’ve only driven the 1.6-liter-equipped Kona and came away with mixed feelings. Right away, the new automatic transmission feels like an improvement over the dual-clutch automatic it replaced.

It shifts much more smoothly, although the shifts take a little longer than before. We think this is a trade-off that most Kona drivers will be happy with.

The video of the presentation

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