Hyundai has consistently proven itself as an auto brand that never fails to impress. It has evolved from being a budget-friendly alternative to becoming the top choice for buyers seeking a blend of style and substance. With the introduction of the second-generation Kona, Hyundai will attract first-time car owners and the expanding group of owners looking to add a second vehicle to their household. To provide a firsthand experience of what the new Kona embodies, we had the opportunity to embark on their inaugural drive in Baltimore, Maryland. This Kona was both a convenient mode of urban transportation and a gateway ride to exciting road trips beyond the city limits.
Diving into the specifics, the new Kona may redefine the offerings in the small SUV segment, boasting an extensive array of powertrain options. Drivers can select from a range of electric and gas-powered options, with a special focus on the spirited N Line version.
While retaining the beloved character of its predecessor, the all-new Kona introduces a host of cutting-edge technologies and convenience features that guarantee a secure, connected, and comfortable journey. Notable upgrades include dual 12.3-inch panoramic display screens, the advanced Digital Key 2 Touch, Over-the-Air (OTA) software updates, and Hyundai’s state-of-the-art next-generation infotainment system.
The Kona N Line boasts an irresistible aesthetic, showcasing its 9-inch N Line alloy wheels, N Line rear spoiler, dual-outlet exhaust tips, premium Bose audio system, and sporty seating with eye-catching red accents. Aluminum sport pedals, N Line scuff plates, and sleek black mirrors add to its allure. However, what truly sets it apart is the striking, aggressive front and rear fascia designs that accentuate its lower stance, lending an even more dynamic and fiery appearance.
Stepping inside, we appreciate the shift-by-wire gear selector, now conveniently relocated from the center console to a stalk behind the steering wheel.
This adjustment maximizes storage in the open console area while highlighting the Kona’s spacious and expansive interior. While it offers a versatile and comfortable environment for the occupants, the enhanced driving dynamics steal the show. The N Line’s responsiveness during our drive, spanning various urban and multi-surface conditions, confirmed that this model epitomizes the perfect blend of style and substance. With its extended wheelbase, abbreviated overhangs, and wide track, it maintains a firmly planted stance, ready to conquer any terrain.
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