The 2022 Hyundai Kona Limited is a feisty little turbo SUV with a glaring flaw. The Hyundai Kona has been around for a few years now and last year, Hyundai gave the Kona family a pretty significant overhaul. The biggest change for the new model year is the addition of a turbocharged engine option. The new turbocharged engine is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. That’s a significant increase over the 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque that the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes. The turbocharged engine is only available on the Limited trim level, which is the top-of-the-line Kona. The Limited trim comes standard with all-wheel drive, which is a $1,400 option on the lower trim levels.The Kona Limited starts at $28,350, which is $4,000 more than the base Kona SE. That’s a significant price increase, but it does come with a significant increase in standard equipment. The Limited trim comes standard with leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a sunroof, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, and more. The Limited trim is also the only trim level that offers the turbocharged engine option.
The Kona Limited is a fun little SUV to drive. The turbocharged engine gives it good acceleration and the all-wheel-drive system provides good traction in all weather conditions. The Kona rides and handles well and the cabin is quiet and comfortable. The front seats are spacious and the rear seats are adequate for adults. The cargo area is a good size and the rear seats fold flat to expand the cargo area.
The Kona Limited has one glaring flaw and that’s its fuel economy. The EPA rates the Kona Limited at 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Those are decent numbers, but they’re not great for a small SUV. The Kona’s main competitors, the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4, get better fuel economy. The CR-V is rated at 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway and the RAV4 is rated at 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The Kona’s fuel economy is a bit of a letdown, but it’s not a deal breaker.
The Hyundai Kona Limited is a fun little turbo SUV with a good infotainment system and a comfortable cabin. The biggest flaw is its fuel economy, but it’s still a good value.