The 2024 Hyundai Kona N Line is all grown up!

Hyundai’s popular little Kona got a major makeover for the 2024 model year. Like everything young, it is a little larger.

Thanks to a 60-mm stretch between the front and rear wheels, 25-mm in additional width and 145-mm in overall length, there is more room for people and their packages.

 

2024 Hyundai Kona N Line
Photo: Lisa Calvi

 

Rear seat occupants, previously having trouble finding room for their knees, will find a welcomed 77-mm in legroom. Behind that reclining seat, there is a whopping 33% more cargo space.

The second-generation Kona is available with either gas or electric motivation. I tested the gas version, one of two. Essential and Preferred trim levels come with a normally aspirated 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine producing 147-horsepower and 132 lb., ft. of torque. It is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission sending power to the front or all four wheels.

The N Line Ultimate tester has a turbocharged 1.6-litre four, putting up to 190-horsepower and 195 lb.ft. of torque to all four wheels through a conventional eight-speed automatic transmission.

 

Hyundai’s N Line models amp up sporty style

The N Line models are differentiated by unique front and rear bumpers, wheels, body-colour cladding, a rear spoiler and twin exhaust outlets.

 

2024 Hyundai Kona N Line
Photo: Hyundai Canada

 

Inside they get red accents on the pedals and stitching on upgraded materials covering sport seats.

 

2024 Hyundai Kona N Line
Photo: Hyundai Canada

 

While less visual, the biggest part of this upgrade is in the electronics. The next generation infotainment system benefits from a significant increase in processing speed. The dual 31-cm displays are positioned behind one continuous piece of glass. The gauges of the one facing the driver are reconfigurable.

The My Hyundai with Bluelink system and Digital Key features on the tester allowed me to lock or unlock the doors, start or stop the engine, find out how much fuel remained and the estimated range before I needed to stop for a fill-up – and more. Digital Key 2 works with Apple, Android and Google platforms so you can share features with up to three others users.

 

2024 Hyundai Kona N Line
Photo: Hyundai Canada

 

In the 2024 Hyundai Kona N Line, the safety bases are covered.

The system monitors the situation in front looking for not only vehicles but pedestrians, cyclists, and junctions. It helps keep you from wandering out of your lane, turns on the headlights and controls the high beams automatically.

 

2024 Hyundai Kona N Line
Photo: Lisa Calvi

 

It sets off an alarm if someone should attempt to open a rear door when there is traffic on that side, warns of vehicles in the adjoining lanes and, when you are reversing out of a parking spot, it applies the brakes and sounds an alarm if there is traffic approaching from either side.

 

2024 Hyundai Kona: all grown up with better road manners

On the road, the new Kona exhibits improved back road manners. The ride is pleasant for such a small vehicle and the handling on the sporty side of the ride/handling fence. The steering is ultra-light at low and parking speeds but provides decent feedback. This second-generation Kona is much quieter at highway speeds with significant improvements in both wind and road noise intrusion.

 

2024 Hyundai Kona N Line
Photo: Garry Sowerby

 

The turbocharged N Line is not exactly quick, but power delivery is smooth and consistent with no gaps or delays. The new and conventional eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the seven-speed dual clutch version used previously and is much more refined in operation.

Hyundai’s little Kona has grown up, adding several upmarket features in the transition.  You might think of it as more mature.

There is a significantly more space for people, especially those assigned to the second row. The 33% hike in cargo space behind the wide power-operated hatch will be appreciated by all.

 

FACTS & FIGURES – 2024 Hyundai Kona N-Line AWD

 

PRICE

Base: $38,171

As tested: $38,171 plus freight

 

SAFETY

Forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian, cyclist and junction-turning detection, lane keep and follow assist, automatic high beams, safe exit warning, blind spot collision warning, rear cross traffic collision avoidance assist, LED headlights, rear occupant warning

 

INFOTAINMENT

Dual 31-cm displays,  wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, wireless hands-free phone connectivity,  digital key

 

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

19-in alloy wheels, three-stage heated front seats, proximity key with push button ignition, tilt & telescope steering wheel, dual zone automatic climate control, 31-cm colour TFT instrument cluster, power windows and locks, power heated mirrors, heated steering wheel, cargo cover, panoramic sunroof

 

SIGNIFICANT OPTIONS

None

MECHANICAL

Turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder, 190 horsepower, 195 lb.-ft. of torque, regular fuel. Eight-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive. NRCan rating (litres/100km city/highway): 9.7 / 8.4

 

DIMENSIONS

Length, 4,385-mm; width, 1,825- mm; wheelbase, 2,660-mm; weight, 1,590- kg.

 

COMPETITION

Honda HR-V, Kia Seltos, Kia Soul, Mazda CX-30, Nissan Kicks, Subaru Crosstrek, Toyota Corolla Cross

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