2018 Hyundai Kona


$19,500 MSRP
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2018 Hyundai Kona Interior Review


Interior: 8.0

The 2018 Hyundai Kona makes its debut with a generally attractive interior. It's stylish and comfortable, and while there are some low-rent materials, they don't make the Kona look cheap. The front seats are comfortable for most folks, and the rear seats will be fine for all but the tallest of passengers. The Kona's infotainment system is user-friendly, but many competitors have more total cargo space.

  • It should be noted that the hard plastics are used in appropriate places and their presence does not detract from the in-cabin experience unless you have an OCD fixation for such details." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "While not as dramatically styled as the exterior, the 2018 Kona features an interior that's still cool and interesting. We like the big round vents on the sides, the dash-mounted infotainment screen that manages to avoid looking tacked on, and the clever pocket above the available Qi wireless charging pad that's perfectly sized for a smartphone." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In person, and with acclimation, the styling works quite well. The interior absolutely exudes quality at this price point, from the way the door releases operate, to how the vents feel when adjusted, to how the shifter feels when choosing a gear, to how the doors thunk when closed, to the low-gloss sheen on the hard plastic surfaces. And comfort levels are unexpectedly high." -- New York Daily News


The all-new Kona seats five and comes with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver's seat are available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

The front seats provide plenty of space and support, making them comfortable for most riders. The rear seats have ample head- and legroom for some adults, but taller occupants may wish for more support and feel a little confined, particularly with the front seat pushed back.

  • "The sensation of space extends inside, where Kona designers carved every possible square inch of space from the platform. Legroom, headroom and shoulder space front and rear are roughly equal to or better than all its competitors despite the Kona's smaller overall size." -- Autoweek
  • Inside, the Kona seats five (as is the norm) and does offer reasonable rear-seat room for shorter adults. Don't expect to stack six-footers one behind the other, as you'll quickly run out of legroom, but with some forethought, you could fit four adults in reasonable comfort." -- Left Lane News
  • The front seats provide good lateral support without feeling constricting, but the seat cushions could be a bit longer or have extendable thigh support. Playing with the power-adjustable driver's seat helps, but taller drivers might want more support. … The rear seats have enough knee-, leg- and headroom for average-size adults, and good outward visibility helps to keep it from feeling closed in. The seat cushions are also as short in length as the front ones, but we give the Kona points for not mounting them too low to the floor." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Standard features in the Kona include a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen. Available features include a sunroof, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, wireless device charging, Hyundai's Blue Link, navigation, and an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen.

Available active safety features include a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, lane change assist, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, driver drowsiness monitoring, and autonomous emergency braking.

The Kona comes with an easy-to-use infotainment system. The touch screen responds quickly to inputs, and its menu layout poses few problems for users. There are physical controls for some functions as well.

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  • "Hyundai has quietly offered one of the most intuitive infotainment packages in the business for many years now, a system that typically punches well above the price points where its vehicles live. That's largely true, here, too. A 7-inch touchscreen is standard, and an 8-inch unit with navigation is optional." -- CNET
  • "Hyundai's multimedia system is easy to use and responsive to inputs. There's pinch-to-zoom functionality on the optional navigation system and the center stack sticks with traditional buttons and two knobs, making them easy to operate." -- Motor Trend
  • Base models are even more spartan, but still compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It's worth noting, too, that the Kona is not available with adaptive cruise control or dual-zone climate control no matter how much you're willing to spend." -- Left Lane News


You get 19.2 cubic feet of space in this Hyundai with the rear seats up and 45.8 cubic feet with them folded down. The behind-the-seats total is good for the class, but the Kona is well behind the class leaders in terms of maximum cargo capacity. There's a hidden storage compartment under the cargo floor, but there's not much small-item storage throughout the cabin.

  • "At 19.2 cubic feet, cargo room with the rear seats up is near the top of the class as well. Fold the seats down and you get an ample 45.8 cubic feet. There's also a secondary storage area below the cargo floor that's handy for storing smaller objects." -- Automobile Magazine
  • All Hyundai Kona models get 60/40 split folding rear seats. … The folding load floor hides a storage compartment that can be removed, after which the load floor can be repositioned a few inches lower, facilitating taller cargo." -- Autoweek
  • Cargo space is adequate. Behind the 60/40-split folding rear seat, the Kona provides 19.2 cu.-ft. of luggage volume. You'll need to remove the cargo cover and the cargo floor in order to leverage all of it, and perhaps pack in soft luggage of variable sizes, but it's there. Apparently." -- New York Daily News
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