The 2021 Hyundai Kona Isn’t as Nice as the 2020 Sonata but it’s Fun to Drive

I recently test drove a 2021 Hyundai Kona Limited AWD with a 1.6 liter turbo engine. Just before the winter holidays, I also tested the Hyundai Sonata Limited. The Kona isn’t as good as the Sonata, but it’s fun to drive.

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There are obvious similarities between these two Hyundai models. However, there are important differences. One of the factors that sets the 2021 Hyundai Kona apart from the 2020 Sonata is the quality of the interior.

The 2021 Hyundai Kona Limited makes no secret of the fact that it’s aluxury car.

Although I enjoyed driving the Kona, the interior is not as luxurious as that of the Hyundai Sonata Limited. The surfaces are firmer and the design differs a bit from that of the luxurious Sonata. The interior of the 2021 Hyundai Kona Limited is luxurious, but not particularly luxurious.

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Sometimes I was pretty sure the Sonata could be classified as a luxury car. I did not have the same luxurious experience in Kona. Despite this, I found the seats soft and comfortable, even on long drives. Moreover, the infotainment system is very user-friendly. Shared connectivity is easy in the 2021 Hyundai Kona Limited AWD and Sonata.

Each of these Hyundai models has different engine options. The 2020 Hyundai Sonata I drove was a hybrid. The Cone I tested used a turbo engine.

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For those who want a premium sedan at an affordable price, the Hyundai Sonata Limited is a nearly perfect option. While it’s a great first car for your young driver, it can also be considered a plush Suburban for someone more established. The Kona is definitely more willing.

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The 2021 Hyundai Kona Limited is easy to drive, has the same leather interior as the Sonata, and plenty of USB drives. There is also a wireless charging station. This is the first car I’ve borrowed from the press that charges my iPhone in the heavy bag I keep it in.

Overall, I think the Kona will appeal to a different audience than the Sonata. They’re just so different. I really enjoyed riding the Kona. But it’s certainly not as good as the 2020 Sonata. According to Hyundai’s website, this is a small SUV with a big adventure. In my opinion, this is honest marketing.

Hyundai Kona Limited AWD 2021 Fun to Drive.

One of the key findings for me is that it’s fun to drive a 2021 Hyundai Kona with a turbocharged engine. Especially since I tested the model with four-wheel drive, it proved to be extremely safe, both in the city and on twisty roads in the backcountry. Easy to accelerate, easy to stop and easy to turn.

2021 Hyundai Kona Interior | Hyundai USA

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Overall, the Kona is a good package. The model I tested had a retail price of $27,600. For this price, I think this subcompact SUV is an excellent deal. It’s the perfect size and shape for someone who needs a little more space than a car. The 2021 Hyundai Kona Limited AWD may not be as good as the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited. But a turbo engine is a lot of fun to drive.

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Is the 2021 Hyundai Kona a good car?

The 2021 Hyundai Kona has a lot going for it. It is easy to drive, has a comfortable interior and a higher reliability score. It tops our small car rankings and its starting price is slightly below average, making it an excellent value in its class.

Is the Hyundai Kona fun to drive?

CARFAX found that the Kona Ultimate had good handling and a pleasant ride, but shifting was a bit slow at low speeds. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available as an option.

How much do I have to pay for a 2020 Hyundai Kona?

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