5 Fun Facts You Might Not Know About the 2022 Hyundai Kona

Thom Blackett | Apr 16, 2021

Hyundai, a brand once known almost exclusively for its impressive 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, continues to charge forward with a steady onslaught of new products. And that includes the updated 2022 Hyundai Kona.

This small crossover SUV is available with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) and a choice between normally-aspirated and turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. Changes to the 2022 Hyundai Kona include revised styling, a slew of equipment upgrades, a sporty new N Line trim, and a high-performance Kona N model. The SE, SEL, and Limited variants return for 2022, as does the Kona Electric

2022 Hyundai Kona Limited Blue Front Quarter Action

With the launch of a refreshed vehicle comes a deluge or product information. We've gone through it all and picked out five facts important to any shopper considering a 2022 Hyundai Kona.

Fun Fact 1: Blue Link adds a personal touch. - Find the best Hyundai deals!

Blue Link is Hyundai's connected services system. Users download the Blue Link app to their smartphone and then start the car or lock the doors from the comfort of their couch.

The 2022 Kona builds on those basic functions with several enhancements, including remote profile management. Simply put, multiple drivers select their personal vehicle settings and save them to the Blue Link cloud. Then, when a driver uses the remote engine start function, Blue Link recalls those preferences, automatically adjusts the mirrors and seats, and heats the seats to the individual's liking. Kind of like Goldilocks, without the bears.

Fun Fact 2: The Kona is as aerodynamic as a Mercedes-Benz. - Find the best Hyundai deals!

2022 Hyundai Kona Limited Blue Side View

At first glance, the Hyundai Kona and Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe share little in common. One is a somewhat funky little crossover priced in the $20,000s, while the other is a precision-crafted German machine that starts at nearly $50,000. 

And yet, they're equally aerodynamic.

Both have a coefficient of drag, or Cd, of 0.32. That simply means these vehicles do an admirable job of managing wind resistance when traveling on the highway. As a result, the engine doesn't need to work as hard to maintain speed and, therefore, uses less fuel.

Fun Fact 3: The gauge cluster is as large as an iPad. - Find the best Hyundai deals!

2022 Hyundai Kona Interior Dashboard

A 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster is standard on the 2022 Kona Limited and optional on the N Line. For perspective, an iPad measures 10.5-11.0 inches, depending on the version.

More than just a massive screen behind the steering wheel, this digital display is driver-configurable to show not only the speedometer and tachometer but also information from the radio, alerts from any of the Kona's multiple safety systems, navigation details (if equipped), and more.

There are two primary benefits to this. First, the expansive display offers crisp and colorful graphics that are easy to view. Second, you can keep track of everything going on inside the car without completely taking your eyes off the road. 

Fun Fact 4: Your smartphone will love the Kona. - Find the best Hyundai deals!

Since the vast majority of us are increasingly dependent upon our smartphones, Hyundai has taken steps to make using and charging them more convenient when on the road. 

Among the features you'll find in most 2022 Konas is wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing users to operate these apps through the car's infotainment system without connecting a cable. If the battery on your device is low, plug into one of three USB ports for the front and rear passengers. In addition, a wireless charging pad is optional on the Kona SEL and standard on higher trim levels.

Fun Fact 5: The Kona has more oomph for 2022. - Find the best Hyundai deals!

Drivers who wish to add a little excitement to their daily commute will appreciate some of the powertrain tweaks Hyundai made to the 2022 Kona. Though the base 147-horsepower engine carries over, the turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder used in the Limited and new N Line now produces 195 hp, up from 175. Torque is unchanged yet plentiful at 195 lb.-ft., all of which is available at only 1,500 rpm.

If that doesn't get your heart racing, perhaps the Kona N will. Hyundai has yet to announce specifics, but we expect this model will share key components with the Veloster N. That hot hatch has earned high praise for its performance-tuned suspension and 275-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. 

Hyundai is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of April 15, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker's website or your local dealership.

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