Like every other year, when the year of 2019 called for the latest vehicle models from all the automotive brands, it was a busy time for all of them to participate in this tough race where a bit of difference in presentation and price matters. Hyundai as always standing at the first row had to present something unique, in the segment of crossover SUVs, and hence it launched the 2019 lineup of Kona series that has now plumped up to quite an extent because of its safety feature packages, making automatic emergency braking as standard and with the launch of a new electric model that stood as an exceptional choice in its segment of Electric Vehicles.
The 2019 Lineup of Hyundai Kona
For the 2019 the lineup of Hyundai Kona gets split up into 4 major trim levels, namely, the SE, SEL, Limited, and the Ultimate, that we got to explore at the Vallejo Hyundai dealership showroom.
The base engine of the 2019 Hyundai Kona uses a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that can churn out 147 units of hp, when coupled to a super smooth 6-speed automatic transmission that translates the power through either the front or all the four wheels. This well-tuned drivetrain is able to carry at its back a weight around 3,200 pounds, and to raise to a speed of 60 mph from a dead stop it takes about 10 seconds which is a reasonable performance record ideal to be driven with the city speeds.
Hyundai has ushered in a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-4 engine as well that pushes the hp rating to 175, when hooked with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. This powertrain makes the sector buyers happier who wanted a bit more spirit while sitting behind the wheels.
Performance and Handling
We explored all the trim levels of the 2019 Hyundai Kona. Our exploration of the 2019 lineup of Hyundai Kona at the Vallejo Hyundai dealer showroom, gave us an in-depth knowledge of how all the trim levels behave on the several road surfaces.
Each of the trim levels of the 2019 Hyundai Kona could tackle all the kinds of road surfaces quite well, which was at times beyond our expectations. The credit should go to the MacPherson front strut suspension that Hyundai has installed in each of them along with either a torsion-beam or a multi-link rear one, depending on the fact if it is configured as an all-wheel drive.
The torsion-beam worked well with the front-drive models as well delivering decent handling responses even through the smaller tires, while the all-wheel-driven Kona models felt more professional because of their 17- or 18-inch wheels options. Hyundai ensured a minimum of 6.7 inches of ground clearance in all the trims, for better traction and to ensure gentler rides. Steering in all these trims were all the way equally responsive, confident and at times even intuitional. The brakes in every 2019 Kona behaved with utmost responsibility.
To round up, there was no trim in the 2019 Hyundai Kona that felt inadequate. On the contrary, the range of powertrain distributed in the four trim levels proved the point why Hyundai could reach so remotely at the different corners of the world.