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2021 Hyundai Kona Interior Review

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Interior: 7.4

The 2021 Hyundai Kona looks stylish and feels upscale inside. There are a few hard plastics, but they don't detract from the overall appeal of this Hyundai. The front seats are comfortable and spacious, but the rear seats aren't as inviting. Several rivals have more maximum cargo space than the Kona as well. A user-friendly infotainment system headlines the features list.

  • "The distinct exterior design approach doesn't carry through to the interior. But that's OK. User-friendliness is better than making style statements. The driver's seat is supremely comfortable and supportive, fit and finish are great. Most of the materials are top-notch, but there are some hard plastics here and there." -- Autotrader
  • "While not as dramatically styled as the exterior, the 2020 Kona features a 2-row/5-passenger interior that's still cool and interesting." -- Kelley Blue Book (2020)
  • "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)

Cargo

With the rear seats up, the Kona provides 19.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which is on par with what other subcompact SUVs offer. Fold the rear seats down, and you get a maximum capacity of 45.8 cubic feet. That's below average for the class. There's a movable load floor, which lets you store valuable items out of sight.

  • "We mentioned above that cargo space isn't so impressive. Behind the rear seats is 19.2 cubic feet, which is still bigger than the trunk of an average midsize sedan. Folding the seats down makes 45.8 cubic feet. Compare that, though, with the Honda HR-V's 24.3 and 58.8 cubic feet." -- Autotrader
  • "… there's a surprising amount of cargo space behind the rear seats given the Kona’s diminutive size. We really like the adjustable load floor with hidden storage." -- Kelley Blue Book (2020)
  • "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 (2019)

Seating

The Hyundai Kona seats five people and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats are available.

The front seats have a decent amount of space, and they're comfortable and supportive. The rear seats can accommodate a couple of adults, and headroom is decent, but legroom isn't as generous as in the front row or as in some rivals' rear seats.

For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the rear middle seat.

  • "The rear seats are not as roomy, no big surprise given the Kona’s small form factor. Legroom is tight for adults, and headroom is only adequate." -- Kelley Blue Book (2020)
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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

Standard features in the Kona include remote keyless entry, a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo, two USB ports, and Bluetooth.

The Kona's infotainment system has an intuitive interface that's easy to master. The touch screen responds quickly to inputs, and there are physical buttons for some functions. A few of the on-screen buttons are a bit small, but they're still pretty easy to see and read.

Available features include a sunroof, automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, an 8-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker Infinity sound system, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, and wireless device charging.

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and driver drowsiness monitoring.

Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and a head-up display.

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  • "Controls for the driver are easy to see and use, with physical buttons that complement the standard touch screen." -- Kelley Blue Book (2020)
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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)
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