Driving Me Crazy: 2020 Hyundai Kona Ultimate FWD

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Driving Me Crazy automotive review Columnists Laurie and John Wiles.

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Hyundai is, in my opinion, one of the most aggressive automotive companies in the American market. They have continually come up with new models to try to satisfy all that Americans desire in automobiles. In the past we have reviewed all of the SUV/crossover models that Hyundai offers – the Santa Fe, the Tucson, the new Palisade (which I personally loved), and the 2019 Kona – 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. One of the main reasons both Laurie and I are big supporters of Hyundai is the quality you get for the price. The entry level Hyundai SE starts at $18,600. Very affordable and ALL the Hyundai vehicles come with Smart Sense, the feature that provides the wonderful safety equipment and technology for no additional charge. Our vehicle was the 2020 Kona Ultimate FWD in Sonic Silver with Black trim. 

Imagine the picture of the 2020 Kona Ultimate in grey. Oh, and that’s Laurie and me out to throw the football around while we picnic in the park nearby … What? You don’t think that’s Laurie and me? I admit that it’s been hard for us to keep our youthful figures and exuberance as we approach mid-life … okay, later midlife … okay, just think of us fondly and not quite that young. BUT, isn’t the car good looking? 

Here’s another view – 

Yes, that’s us rock climbing on our lunch break. Laurie is taking the picture and I am spotting for the guy on the rock … okay, you caught me again. The point of the picture isn’t us; it’s the good looks of the Hyundai Kona. It really looks like a full-size SUV that has been shrunk to a smaller size. I have two people see me in the grocery store parking lot tell me what a good-looking car it was. Believe me, you can’t make this kind of thing up. Hyundai is now building good looking as well as affordable and safe vehicles.

Our Kona was Front Wheel Drive (FWD) but the Kona is available in All Wheel Drive as well, (AWD). It has the government five stars in all the safety rating except Rollover, where it got a four. Here’s a thought – don’t turn it over! Actually, the vehicle had nice width compared to its length and felt very stable in sharp turns. There was no sway whatsoever.

The 175 HP,  1.8L Turbocharged, GDI 4-cylinder engine had plenty of get up. GDI stands for Gasoline Direct Injection, which provides more power to smaller engines, provides better fuel efficiency, and reduces emissions. Sounds like three wins to me.  

The Kona Ultimate also had two drive modes – Normal and Sport. The vehicle responded well in both but the Sport Mode kicked those turbos in quickly and made the subcompact SUV rather feisty. Even so, the vehicle gets 28 mpg around town and 32 mpg on the highway for an impressive 30 miles to the gallon. The seven-speed transmission was very smooth and I didn’t even notice the shifting when slowing down and speeding up. Nice job, Hyundai.

It has a nice and functional interior as well, with leather seating surface, leather steering wheel, and leather shift knob. Lots of finger tip controls on the steering wheel and programming my phone was easy. Once I know how to call people hands free and control the radio and volume, everything else is a piece of cake.  

 Add in Automatic headlights with high beam assist, Fog lights, Power Tilt and Slide Sun Roof, Smart Cruise, Rain Sensing Wipers, Heads Up Display,  an 8” Color Touchscreen, and the list goes on. 

Add to all this the great safety features that Hyundai is known for and you have a really fine vehicle starting at $18K and change. Ours was the top of the line and the price settled at just under $29K, so you can see there can be quite a difference in price over the five gasoline models offered, plus there is an electric version. For all the details on the 2020 Kona line of smaller SUV’s, go to https://www.hyundaiusa.com/kona/index.aspx and start looking around. If a smaller, sportier, SUV is what you are looking for, and want storage with the back seat down, lots of safety, style, and functionality, give the Kona a test drive. You won’t be disappointed. 

Please know in closing that Laurie and I wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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Hyundai of Pinehurst – Southern Pines Hyundai Dealer is your North Carolina Hyundai dealer. They invite you to 10732 U.S. Hwy 15-501, Southern Pines, NC 28387 location for a wonderful sales experience while being treated as a guest in their automotive home. Sales and Service at 910-692-2424 or 877-894-2568.

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