2022 Hyundai Kona Looks Better, Adds Sporty N Line Model

  • The Hyundai Kona and Kona Electric are getting new looks for the 2022 model year.
  • The standard powertrain is still a 147-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while a turbocharged 1.6-liter makes 195 horsepower and is available in a new N Line model.
  • The 2022 Kona and Kona Electric will arrive in the spring.

    Hyundai is revamping the Kona subcompact crossover for the 2022 model year with bolder looks for both the gasoline-powered and electric models. A sporty N Line (pictured above) and even sportier N model will soon join the lineup as well to help make its performance models more mainstream. The new Konas will arrive in the spring, with the Kona N arriving by the end of the year.

    2022 Hyundai Kona.

    Hyundai

    The new look features even more black cladding up front that’s mainly on the bumper, a larger honeycomb grille, thin light signatures, and streamlined headlights, giving the subcompact SUV a more aggressive and desirable face. In the rear, the body cladding is also accentuated, and the taillights are much thinner than on the previous model. Hyundai says the new Kona is 1.6 inches longer than the 2021 model. The N Line looks moderately sportier, with three vents above the grille and body-colored cladding, and it also has more aggressive 18-inch wheels compared with the standard 16- or 17-inchers. The Kona Electric (pictured below) previously had sporadic indents in place of the grille, but the 2022 model now has a simpler, smooth front end with refreshed headlights and a similar rear to the gas-powered Kona sans body cladding.

    Hyundai Kona Electric

    Hyundai

    Kona SE and SEL models come equipped with the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder as before, making 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. A turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, available in the N Line and Limited models, makes 195 horsepower, 20 more than before, and it is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The even sportier Kona N will use a 275-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four found in the Veloster N. The Kona Electric is still estimated at 258 miles of range from a 64.0-kWh battery pack, although, in our test of a 2019 model, we achieved 160 miles.

    At the center of the Kona’s new interior is a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen with a simplified dashboard layout and an available digital gauge cluster. A 10.3-inch touchscreen is available on the N Line and standard on the Limited model, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability are standard. Second row legroom has increased slightly over the previous model, while cargo space behind the second row remains the same. Hyundai’s Blue Link application is still complimentary for three years, and on the Kona Electric, owners can schedule their desired charges.

    The 2022 Hyundai Kona, including the N Line, and Kona Electric, will arrive in showrooms in the spring. Pricing is expected to start just over $21,000 and reach close to $30,000 for the N Line. The Kona Electric will be a bit more expensive, starting just under $40,000.

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