Like pineapple as a pizza topping, you’ll either love the Hyundai Kona’s looks or not, and you can decide for yourself if it’s something you want to make monthly payments on. If, however, you’re firmly in the naysayer camp because of the design, that’s a shame because there is so much to like here.
- Strong real-world fuel economy
- Friendly and useful tech
- Nicely designed interior
- Spunky performance
- Low-speed transmission judders
- Engine sounds like death
- Backseat is a little tight
I get it. This crossover’s styling is not for everyone. The Kona is a small vehicle with a lot of grille. That slitlike applique above the main opening looks like a complete afterthought. Those superangular lamp assemblies that house the daytime running lights are positively alien. And then there’s the dark-gray body cladding, which is always of questionable tastefulness. Personally, I don’t mind the Kona’s design and appreciate that Hyundai was willing to take a gamble here because some of this crossover’s rivals are pretty boring, like, waiting on hold with your internet service provider boring. Seriously, have you seen a ?