The 2021 Hyundai Kona would like your consideration, remember to. Now.

It’s a tiny crossover SUV with economic system-car or truck roots, but the 2021 Kona has extravagant components, from all-wheel push to a twin-clutch transmission to an all-electric powered companion—and it is all wrapped in a condition that requires you notice it. 

Bought in SE, SEL, Final, and Restricted versions—and in that separate Kona Electric powered model—the 2021 Kona earns a TCC Rating of six.3 out of 10. (Study much more about how we charge automobiles.) 

Evaluation carries on down below

The Kona is a whole lot to search at. All the intelligent crossover-SUV styling methods display up right here, from floating-roof cues to highlighter highlights to stacked headlights. It’s distinct, but that does not equivalent coherent. It’s superior and much more calming within, where by the Working day-Glo colors get subdued by a much more schedule structure of controls and a now-standard touchscreen interface.

Deciding on the correct Kona for functionality will take some hoop-leaping. Base automobiles get a middling 147-horsepower inline-4 and a easy-shifting six-pace automatic we’d just take the latter with the optional and way much more perky 175-hp turbo-4 as an alternative of the shifty seven-pace twin-clutch which is supplied. (Truth? The Kona Electric powered has the ideal powertrain of them all.) Powertrain confusion aside, the Kona drives superior with available all-wheel push, which will come with an impartial rear suspension that makes the most of its quick wheelbase. It’s perky, entertaining on back again streets, and easy to needle by way of metropolis streets.

Four or five people can fit in the Kona, but the 2nd-row seat’s snug for big adults even if only two arrive along for the trip. Flip down the back again seat and the Kona can keep forty five.eight cubic ft of cargo—about 30 containers of guides to curse at when you shift, as we vividly recall.

Every single Kona will come with automatic unexpected emergency braking, and the IIHS and the NHTSA give the crossover sterling crash-examination scores. Base automobiles have a seven.-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Car compatibility our sweet spot is the $23,340 Kona SEL, which receives keyless start, seventeen-inch wheels, heated entrance seats, satellite radio, and blind-spot monitors. The Kona’s killer application? A 5-year/sixty,000-mile guarantee and for 2021, 3 a long time or 36,000 miles of totally free upkeep.

We review the Kona Electric powered separately.