The 2022 Hyundai Kona brings a lot of change for this sub-compact utility, now updated and with more options under the hood.

Hyundai offers a variety of powertrains for the Kona, including electrified solutions and new N performance model. But this decked-out, mainstream Limited model uses a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four. That means 195 horsepower, a gain of 20, and 195 lb-ft of torque through a standard front or optional all-wheel drive system. Power came on smoothly thanks to the 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission.

Our drive-time was further enhanced by the new interior, starting with the 10-inch digital instrument panel. Digital real estate is expanded by the equally sized infotainment touchscreen, boasting full smartphone integration.

Up front, driver and passenger alike benefit from heated seats and automatic temperature control. Back row occupants aren’t completely left out, with expanded legroom and USB port access. Those seats can be folded to offer more cargo space, up to nearly 46-cubic feet.

The exterior of the 2022 Kona is unmistakably new. Thinner headlights help define the front fascia, along with an enlarged grille and stretched hood. Wheel arch claddings provide a more rugged appearance, trailing along the bottom to the rear, where changes are less apparent. The standouts include the taillights and turn signals. In total, the new Kona is just 1.6-inches longer than its predecessor.

Another area where the Kona hasn’t changed much is the price; starting under $23,000 with destination. Our Limited starts under $30,000, and it’s just a bit over $35,000 for the Kona N.

Despite all the changes, driving the new Kona felt very familiar. A small form factor with practicality out the grille--keeping the Kona a most-competitive commuter.



  • Engine: 1.6L I4 Turbo
  • Horsepower: 195
  • Torque: 195 lb-ft