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2019 Hyundai Kona Interior Review

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Interior: 7.9

The 2019 Hyundai Kona has a surprisingly upmarket cabin for its price. The infotainment system is easy to use, and the front seats are comfortable and spacious. The rear seats aren’t bad, but taller people may feel slightly cramped. Additionally, this SUV has less total cargo space than many rivals.

  • "Though it has a lot of plasticky materials, the Kona's interior gets high marks." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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 (2018)

Seating

The Hyundai Kona SUV seats five people on standard cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are available. The brand-new Kona Electric model also offers ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

The cabin is generally comfortable. The seats up front are spacious, but taller people may feel cramped in the rear. There are two sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats, and there's a tether anchor for the middle seat. The lower anchors are buried deep in the seat cushions and are hard to work around.

  • There is a suitable amount of space for the driver and front passenger. Rear-seat headroom is decent for the class – more than enough for average adults – but legroom is tight, especially behind a tall driver. Fortunately, there is generous space under the front seats for the rear passengers' feet." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2018)
  • 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 (2018)

Interior Features

Hyundai outfits the base Kona SE with remote keyless entry, a rearview camera, a six-speaker stereo, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 7-inch touch screen. Newly standard active safety features include forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and a driver-attention monitor.

Optional equipment includes automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a sunroof, a head-up display, an eight-speaker Infinity sound system, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, and wireless device charging. Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.

The Kona's infotainment system draws praise for its ease of use. The touch screen is responsive, and there are redundant physical controls for climate and audio settings.

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  • "Buttons are grouped logically and clearly labeled, and Hyundai's infotainment interface is easy to use. Some of the touch buttons are small on the screen, but otherwise there's nothing to complain about." -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- CNET (2018)
  • "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 (2018)

Cargo

The 2019 Hyundai Kona has 19.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 45.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. The first number is decent for the class, but many rivals have more total cargo space.

  • The Kona really only falters in terms of utility when compared directly to class leaders. The trunk is a usable space, and there are a decent number of small-item storage options. But in every metric, there are competitors that offer superior ways to store your stuff." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2018)
  • 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 (2018)
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