The 2019 Kona, a compact crossover SUV from Hyundai, didn’t take much time to hit the market with its rising sales. The reason was quite predictable as well. Well, who could resist the temptation to get a vehicle which is based upon the concept of making a product that gives real value to your money? So, when the 2019 Kona asked for less money for the space it allotted for its consumers, nothing could stop people from joining the craze. But that’s only the tip of an iceberg. The 2019 Hyundai Kona had many more solid reasons to keep people choosing it over their earlier choices, among which performance is a prominent one.
At the Riverside Hyundai dealership, where we booked our first test drive with the 2019 Hyundai Kona got us introduced to its lineup of trim levels that differed from each other on many things, but we were more obsessed with trying out the engine options that Hyundai offered with this 2019 year model of compact crossover SUV Kona.
To start with the sales team informed us that, the lineup of the 2019 Hyundai Kona has both a turbo power, and a battery-operated electric powered model.
The base engine of the 2019 Hyundai Kona is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that effortlessly churns out a 147 of horsepower when coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission for a smoother gear shifting experience. The 2019 Kona can be configured either as the front wheel drive or as all four wheel drive.
Another engine option offered from Hyundai for the 2019 year model of Kona is the 1.6-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine that spins out a 175 of hp rating when hooked to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
All the trim models of the 2019 Hyundai Kona tackled the roads well. Thanks to the MacPherson front strut suspension that also joins a torsion-beam or multi-link rear suspension as well, depending upon the configuration you choose, and the latter is made available only with the all-wheel drive ones. This torsion-beam on the other hand which comes with the front-drive models is responsible for delivering a yet more decent handling experience even through the smaller tires. But the more you increase the wheel size the better it gets.
In all the trim models of the 2019 Hyundai Kona, steering makes the driver feel confident while the brakes too give them a good response at every step. With the hatchback model that we drove at the Riverside Hyundai dealership showroom, the 2019 Kona behaved really well, and through the drive, it has cheered us up especially when the road started kinking.
Our drive with the base model of the 2019 Kona that drove with the 2.0-liter inline-4 engine made us feel at our best in every respect. Its 6-speed automatic transmission did feel smooth and with both the front- or all-wheel drive configurations, the road manners in this trim model was excellent and left nothing for us to complain about.