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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Small SUV
Infotainment: Apple CarPlay icon Apple CarPlay   Android Auto icon Android Auto  

Hyundai kept its promise and introduced a mid-life cycle refresh to its Kona crossover in late 2020 for the 2021 model-year and brought more of a sophisticated design than a revamped drivetrain.

The Korean carmaker chose to name its vehicles after various U.S. locations such as Santa Fe, Tucson, or Kona. The latter was inspired by the western district of the Hawaii island. Sure, the Creta was named after an island from the Mediterranean sea, but that was the exception.

Hyundai's team introduced a few modifications to the car's look. Its daytime running lights were still mounted on top of the front fascia, like two light strips that pointed toward the grille. Unlike its electric-powered sibling, the version fitted with an internal combustion engine featured a black grille with a 3D mesh-grille. The design team considered that a silver shield would emphasize more the SUV style of the small crossover. They also installed LED headlights, which were a good addition to a 2021 vehicle.

Hyundai installed a completely digital instrument panel in front of the driver and an additional touchscreen display for the infotainment system placed on top of the center stack. On the other hand, the gear selector still looked like it was designed at least two decades before the car's introduction. The Korean carmaker improved the comfort of the rear seat's passengers by adding a pair of USB charging ports and raised all occupants' mood by introducing new ambient lighting.

Under the hood, Hyundai installed a choice of two engines: a turbocharged 1.6-liter for the N-Line version and a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter paired to a CVT. Both of them sent the power to the front wheels.

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HYUNDAI Kona 2021 - Present
  2 gasoline engines
  • N Line 1.6L 7AT (195 HP)
  • 2.0L CVT (147 HP)

HYUNDAI Kona N Line 1.6L 7AT (195 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  N Line 1.6L 7AT (195 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Power
143.4 KW @ 5500 RPM
195 HP @ 5500 RPM
192 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
195 lb-ft @ 1500-4500 RPM
264 Nm @ 1500-4500 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
7-speed automatic DCT
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs

HYUNDAI Kona 2.0L CVT (147 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L CVT (147 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Power
108.1 KW @ 6200 RPM
147 HP @ 6200 RPM
145 BHP @ 6200 RPM
Torque
132 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
179 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Direct injection
Fuel
Gasoline
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