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Hyundai Kona N 2023: The Perfect Blend of Spices

2023-04-23

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While the market is full of large performance SUVs and exotic models, options are much more limited when it comes to small mainstream SUVs. Fortunately, Hyundai hasn't held back and the Korean automaker has decided to grab this market share with the Kona N.

 

The 2023 Hyundai Kona N is small, agile, and incredibly fun to drive. It is also very affordable given the performance it offers, making it truly one-of-a-kind. Hyundai has done an excellent job giving it a sporty look and exclusive interior without compromising its essence. As a result, we end up with one of the hottest small SUVs on the market. The best part is that the Kona N remains a very versatile and fuel-efficient vehicle.

 

Range and price

 

The Hyundai Kona N is only available in one configuration, which is perfect because it is the type of vehicle we prefer to have with the most complete standard equipment. The only option you can choose is the color. As for the rest, there are accessories you can add as needed. Therefore, the 2023 Hyundai Kona N has a starting price of $43,406, and there are no bad surprises afterward.

Kona N - $43,406

 

Category and competition

 

As for the competition for the Hyundai Kona N, I have to admit that it's quite challenging to evaluate since the Korean automaker's SUV has no direct competitor. However, there are other sporty SUVs on the market, but they are larger in size. We can mention the Ford Edge ST, Dodge Durango R/T, or the Kia EV6 GT. In short, as you can see, there is variety in the performance SUV segment.

 

Design and interior

 

Once again, Hyundai has done an excellent job with the design of the 2023 Kona N, which never fails to turn heads as it passes by. The Korean automaker's small SUV benefits from a much more aggressive front fascia than its other versions. Additionally, I recommend choosing all colors except for red because the Kona N has red elements on its body, which provides a nice contrast and highlights the performance aspect of the model.

 

Inside, the improvements compared to the regular model are meticulous and calculated so that they jump out at you. There are blue stitching, but also additional buttons on the steering wheel that quickly let you know you're in a sports model. Then, the seats of the 2023 Kona N offer a happy blend of comfort and support, which is something I particularly highlight. Generally, manufacturers sacrifice comfort for performance, which is perfect if you're on the track every weekend. However, for an everyday vehicle, it's a whole different story. It's something that Hyundai seems to have understood well because the 2023 Kona N is a vehicle that you want to drive, and its seats remain sporty enough for special occasions or if you want to go for a ride or two on the nearest circuit.

 

Technologies

 

Since the Hyundai Kona N is only available in one version, it offers the most complete standard equipment, which includes two 10.25-inch screens, a heads-up display, a Harman/Kardon audio system, and more. The Korean automaker's small SUV also benefits from the Hyundai SmartSense safety technology suite, including lane keeping assist, driver attention warning, and high-beam assist.

 

Performances

 

We have reached the most interesting and relevant point regarding the Hyundai Kona N, which is the performance. The small SUV from the Korean manufacturer is powered by a turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine that produces 276 horsepower and 289 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that transmits power to the front wheels. The 2023 Hyundai Kona N is capable of completing the 0-100 km/h sprint in under 5.5 seconds and reaching a top speed of 240 km/h. As if that weren't enough, the small SUV also benefits from several driving modes and an active exhaust system. As for its average fuel consumption, it stands at 11.8L/100km in the city and 8.7L/100km on the highway, which is excellent for a performance SUV.

 

Weak Points

 

Unfortunately, there is no manual transmission available, and the model is only offered with front-wheel drive.

 

Strong Points

 

The small SUV from the Korean manufacturer offers breathtaking performance. In addition, it is stylish and features an exclusive finish. Its driving experience is enchanting, and it is a model that is not lacking in equipment for its category. The Kona N makes you feel special, and that is increasingly rare in 2023.

 

Signature Element

 

There are several factors that make the Kona N a successful model, but let's just say that its performance, design, and practicality offer one of the most interesting combinations on the market.

 

Final Thoughts

 

Perfection does not exist, but the 2023 Hyundai Kona N is certainly one of the models that comes closest to it. The regular Kona is already one of the most popular vehicles on the market, and the N version simply adds some spice to the recipe. Okay, it's not for everyone, but those who are looking for a vehicle that can put a smile on their face with impressive performance without compromising on versatility will not find anything better in this price range.

 

Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

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