It was a year ago almost to the day that I traipsed to the far left side of the country to test out a new small utility vehicle, hotly anticipated and one that was about to become an instant leader in its segment. The Hyundai Kona, in the eyes of many a Canadian motorist, simply has everything, from a varied trim lineup to great fuel economy to a highly appealing shape.
Fast forward a year, and I was back behind the wheel of the most compelling Kona model aside from the one I can plug into my electrical outlet. The buzz around the new Kona Electric is certainly loud and sustained – especially now that the federal government’s new iZEV EV incentive program is in place, but one shouldn’t forget about the other two variants powered by 4-cylinder gas engines. The tester I got to play with was the 2019 Hyundai Kona 1.6T Ultimate, version sitting at the top of the non-EV Kona lineup.
Specifications for the 2019 Hyundai Kona
The idea was to see if this version is still as convincing a choice in this segment. It’s worth noting, by the by, that the Kona is still the newest addition in this category, unless you count the fully overhauled 2020 Kia Soul, arriving in dealerships this summer (stay tuned for our road test).