Tested The Hyundai Kona N Is a 276-HP Grip Monster

The first N SUV has all the power, traction, and reflexes we expect from Hyundai’s sub-brand.

You can support me by following my channel tested the high end icona n is a 276 horsepower grip monster the first nsuv has all the power traction and reflexes we expect from hyundai’s sub brand pros excellent and responsive powertrain loads of grip quick and agile cons rear-end wiggle during hard stops kona’s cheap and cheerful interior is a bit too cheap at

This price non-linear brake pedal next in the line of hotted up hyundai n branded performance vehicles we’ve tested is the new 2022 kona n which sits above the less sporty n line in the lineup equipped with go fast hardware from the excellent 2022 elantra n compact sedan the small suv takes the torch from the compelling but now dead veloster and hatchback but is

A crossover really an alternative to a sport compact how quick is the 2022 kona n the kona n traveled from zero to 60 miles per hour in 5.3 seconds and through the quarter mile in 13.9 seconds at 101.1 miles per hour it does this with the same 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-four that’s in the 2022 elantra n which produces 276 horsepower and 289 pounds to foot of

Torque it also comes with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and electronic limited slip differential like the elantra n although the sedan offers a standard six-speed manual with no such option available for the kona n in both measures the elantra ndct was roughly 0.2 seconds quicker though it’s also lighter than arcona n if by only 30 pounds the

Kona n sort of defies straightforward classification and so you really need to look to hot hatches for competition a 2022 volkswagen gti ford hatchback with its seven-speed automatic isn’t as heavy as the kona n but it is down on power and thus slower the kola ends power delivery is direct and smooth and the dual clutch 8-speed automatic is well programmed holding

Gears in sport mode for the right amount of time and always seeming to be in the proper gear for the quickest launches we found setting the standard programmable launch control to 3000 revolutions per minute and pressing the crossover’s ngs n green shift button immediately after rollout gave the best results still the kona n 0 to 60 miles per hour time was just 0.06

Second slower without the ngs boost how does it handle while we love its fleetness the kona n is even more fun when you’re working the steering wheel it definitely punches above its class credit the standard adaptive dampers a multi-link rear suspension in place of other forward corners torsion beams and a set of metey pirelli p0 235-40 r19 summer tyres around town

There can be a little head toss with the suspension in its firmer sport mode but the crossover is otherwise perfectly poised hitting our local canyon road we were continually amazed by the grip levels no matter how much we turned the steering wheel or otherwise tried to induce slip it just never gave up traction the kona n simply sticks and goes no matter how hard

You try to break its resolve it’s unflappable skidpad testing revealed 0.94 grams of lateral grip which is quite good for the segment and in the figure 8 where we test transitional behavior between breaking cornering and acceleration the cola n rang in at 25.1 seconds at an average of 0.73 grams those numbers absolutely obliterate mainstream forward crossovers as

You’d expect testing comparisons cherry picked among sport compacts the elantra n sedans results of 0.97 grams slash 24.9 seconds at 0.75 grams or even the previous generation civic type r which sets the pace with a 1.01 gram skid pad average and a figure 8 of 24.3 seconds at 0.79 grams seem to be more the kona ends speed than any suvs steering and stopping the

Steering in the kona n feels quicker than the lesser end line and it has good weight and feedback but its fatter tyres make for a wider turning circle our preferred setting for the steering was normal though in max attack mode we used the custom setting and cranked everything else up to sport plus when attacking a back road the kona ends braking is its only dynamic

Quality that might keep you on your toes the brakes are strong with no discernible fade after repeated stops but the rear end can tend to walk out a bit under hard braking and no staffer enjoyed the non-progressive feel of the firm pedal initial bite is good but the lack of linearity can make it more difficult to know how much brake to apply it shouldn’t come as

A shock that the rowdiest kona is also the least efficient and it also trails lighter and more aerodynamically efficient sport compact cars the epipegs kona n fuel economy at 20 27 of a mile per gallon city slash highway in comparison the old civic type r gets 22 20 eighths of a mile per gallon the elantra in dc t2030 and the elantra n manual 2231 living with the

2022 kona n for a brief moment when we first drove off in the kona n we flashed back to the mid-2000s and the mitsubishi lancer evolution 8. both can be considered big performers for their segments to be sure but the memory was triggered more by the combination of big time ability with an abundance of cheap looking interior plastics we get it the kona n starts life

As an affordable small suv but a little dress up would have gone a long way as for space the kona n serves up 19.2 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and 45.8 cubes with those seats folded those volumes trail most of the segment and compete best with the mini countrymans 17.2 and 47.4 cubic foot figures even the civic type r can hold 6.5 cubic feet

More stuff behind the back seat some of what could have gone to cargo seems to have been allotted to people though and the kona n is reasonably roomy in terms of both headroom and legroom the kona ends leather and suede covered seats are a tad on the stiff side but hold occupants in place well upper kona trims like the n also get a standard 10.3 inch central

Touchscreen and wireless device charging but wireless apple carplay and android auto are available only on the lower three corners not here adaptive cruise control and rear parking sensors are not included in the kona n’s active safety bundle but blind spot and rear cross traffic monitoring automatic emergency braking adaptive high beams and a lane keeping system

Are additional standard features include roof rails aluminium sport pedals leather for the shift boot and steering wheel and n logos splashed all around any vehicle with these capabilities will exact a premium our 2022 kona n wore a base sticker price of 35 495 which is a chunk considering its size and class compared to hot hatches and sport compacts the kona

N is more expensive to start than are the gtis 31 775 and elantra n 34 745 both with the twin clutch automatic we don’t yet know what the 2023 civic type r will cost but the 2021 started at 38 910 it could be hard to spring for the kona if the new type r is only four grand or so pricier who’s the 2022 kona n4 so then the kona n is probably best suited to the

Narrow segment of shoppers who want to sit a bit higher who specifically need or want a small suv and who have a punch on for performance for those folks there’s no need to consider anything else the kona n is a riotous hot hatch in crossover clothing it’s practical and basically comfortable enough to drive every day and it nails the fun formula with its power

Quickness and agility finally it further cements hyundai’s n group as among the industry’s best and most creative performance divisions it’s up to you if you consider it to be a hot hatch

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Tested! The Hyundai Kona N Is a 276-HP Grip Monster By Mad One