2022 Hyundai Kona N Review: The Hot Hatch SUV

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
So Much Fun
Driving on some of our favorite back roads in the Pacific Northwest, we discovered the Kona N is really a track car disguised as a crossover. The Kona N possesses plenty of power on tap, and it stays flat and stable even when driven deep into corners. Acceleration out of corners is equally impressive, highlighted by impressive grip thanks to the sticky tires and the limited-slip differential. Transmission shifts are lightning fast. We used the paddle shifters for a short time, but ultimately gave in to a gearbox that upshifts and downshifts better on its own. Brakes are strong with no fade, even after pushing the diminutive Kona N pretty hard. This makes sense since the brakes are designed to survive a day at the track.

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