Facelifted Kona still offers funky crossover alternative
New N Line adds sport while more driver assistance tech makes the list
Hyundai has revealed a redesigned version of the Kona and Kona EV for 2022. The facelift has traded the model’s bold exterior for something a little more conventional yet still funky, while adding a new N Line trim and a host of interior upgrades.
By changing the shape of the grille and shrinking the low-slung headlights, Hyundai has completely changed the look of the 2022 Kona. A few tweaks at the rear accomplish the same thing, while the inside has gotten a new center console disconnected from the dash, new ambient lighting, and rear cargo space and second-row legroom have both been improved.
The redesign applies to the 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric as well, though the nose, which was already lacking a grille, doesn’t show the changes as prominently. New 10.25-inch digital displays transform the EV inside.
A 147 hp 2.0L four is standard, paired with a CVT and using the Atkinson cycle for improved economy. New sporting N Line trim, as well as Limited, both use a 1.6L turbo-four with 195 hp and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for quicker shifts. Kona EV’s driveline is unchanged with a 201 hp electric motor and 64 kWh battery for an estimated 417 km range.
The 2022 Kona adds 10.25-inch displays for a digital cluster and the infotainment system, with the latter adding split-screen, more voice controls, and multi-phone Bluetooth connectivity. Drivers can active climate control and steering wheel heating through Dynamic Voice Recognition, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have gone wireless.
Adaptive cruise control is optional, with stop and go, while Blind Spot Collision Avoidance has added braking if it detects you’re turning into a vehicle. New Highway Drive Assist keeps the vehicle centered in-lane and can follow speed limit changes. Rear cross traffic collision avoidance is also new for Kona. Expect the refreshed 2022 Hyundai Kona to arrive at dealers this spring with pricing yet to be announced.