New 2021 Hyundai Kona Night Edition trim driving toward the camera lens with mountains in the distance

The five-passenger 2021 Hyundai Kona subcompact SUV has been receiving a lot of buzz. To show you what to expect, we have performed a complete 2021 Hyundai Kona analysis, which looks closely at the pricing, specs, performance, features, EV specs, the all-new Night Edition, changes from the 2020 model year, and much more.

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2021 Hyundai Kona Release Date

The 2021 Hyundai Kona is currently in stock at Phil Long Hyundai of Motor City after its release in Summer 2020. You can get behind the wheel of the new 2021 Hyundai Kona today. The all-new Kona Night Edition will be available later and is scheduled to release soon after the standard Kona lineup.

2021 Hyundai Kona: What's the Price of the New Hyundai Kona?

Two new 2021 Hyundai Kona models parked side by side one in red color, the other in blue

The starting price of a new 2021 Hyundai Kona is set at $20,400 MSRP for the base SE trim. As you move up the lineup, starting prices range upwards of $28,050 for the high-end Ultimate trim.

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2021 Hyundai Kona Trims & Configurations

The new 2021 Hyundai Kona comes in 6 available trim levels: SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Night Edition, Limited, and Ultimate. The 2021 Hyundai Kona Ultimate is ranked at the top of the lineup, with the most standard features. Aside from the SUV, the 2021 Hyundai Kona is also available as an all-electric subcompact SUV. The new 2021 Hyundai Kona Night Edition is the most recent addition to the lineup. It was just added in 2021 and not available with 2020 Kona models.

  • SE: $20,400
  • SEL: $22,200
  • SEL Plus: $24,050
  • Night Edition: $25,600 (est.)
  • Limited: $26,200
  • Ultimate: $28,050

2021 Hyundai Kona EV

New 2021 Hyunda Kona EV driving down an open downtown city street

The 2021 Hyundai Kona EV price starts at $37,190 and is also available in Colorado Springs. The new Hyundai Kona EV comes in 3 available trims: SEL ($37,190), Limited ($41,800), and Ultimate ($45,400). Kona EVs are equipped with a 201-horsepower electric motor and a front-wheel-drive powertrain. The EV motor is powered by a 64-kWh battery pack that can be charged with either a 110-volt household outlet or a 240-volt outlet. This new Kona EV model is rated at 120 MPGe, with an EV range of 258 miles on a single charge.

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2021 Hyundai Kona's New Night Edition

All-new 2021 Hyundai Kona Night Edition model as seen when approaching the outside of the driver's side door *New Night Edition Hyundai Kona model shown in Galactic Gray.

The new Night Edition comes in a step below the Hyundai Kona Limited trim with an estimated starting MSRP around $25,600, including some high-end features see inside the Kona Limited and Kona Ultimate trim levels. All-new Hyundai Kona Night Edition models feature a 175-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo-four and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Kona Night Edition offers the same features as the SEL Plus, with HD Radio and satellite radio. The blacked-out exterior design that comes with the new Hyundai Kona Night Edition adds some maturity to an SUV that usually sports very vibrant colors. The 2021 Hyundai Kona Night Edition features 18-inch semi-gloss black-painted wheels, LED headlights, LED taillights, aluminum pedals, and black trim throughout the interior plus exterior. Although the word "Night Edition" leads you to believe the Kona would only come in a dark exterior color, think again. The new Night Edition Hyundai Kona comes in three select exterior colors: Ultra Black, Galactic Gray, and Chalk White.

2021 Hyundai Kona Engine & Performance Specs

The 2021 Hyundai Kona specs include a standard 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor and a six-speed automatic transmission. However, there is the optional 175-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo-four and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that come as standard powertrain on the Night Edition, Limited, and Ultimate trims. Fuel economy is rated at 27 city/33 highway mpg with front-wheel-drive and the base 2.0L engine. With the turbocharged 1.6L engine, the fuel economy numbers change slightly to 28 city/32 highway mpg.

2021 Hyundai Kona Interior Design & Features

Front interior seating and dashboard seen inside the 2021 Hyundai Kona from the back right passenger seat

The new Hyundai Kona interior offers room for five adults to sit comfortably. There is an available 8-way power driver seat with power lumbar support for added levels of driving comfort. There are 19.2 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats, with a total of 45.8 cubic feet when the back seats are folded down. The fold-down rear seats are a 60/40 split, quickly creating space for bulky cargo with a useful hidden storage bin under the rear cargo area floor.

Rear interior cargo area inside the 2021 Hyundai Kona showcasing the under-floor storage bin
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2021 Hyundai Kona Technology & Amenities

Heads Up Display (HUD) seen behind the steering wheel enhancing the driver's line of sight

Standard features inside the new Kona include a seven-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system. Don't forget about the teched-out trips you'll take with the Heads-Up Display (HUD), wireless device charging, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The HUD displays speed, navigation, smart cruise control, and safety information in a transparent pop-up right in your line of sight. Additionally, many standard safety features are included, such as the rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, lane-keep assist, and forward-collision warning. The Hyundai SmartSense safety suite, available on the Kona, includes driver attention warning, rear cross-traffic collision warning, forward collision avoidance assistance with pedestrian detection, blind-spot collision warning, lane-keeping assist, high beam assist, and smart cruise control.

2021 Hyundai Kona Exterior Dimensions & Appearance

Close up shot of the front passenger side bumper on the 2021 Hyundai Knona

There's big adventure packed into the small compact Hyundai Kona SUV. Plenty of style, versatility, and an eye-catching presence in any terrain. The 2021 Hyundai Kona exterior dimensions measure 164″ L x 71″ W x 61-62″ H, with the option of 16-, 17-, and 18-inch wheels. There are also seven Hyundai Kona colors to choose from: Chalk White, Ultra Black, Pulse Red, Galactic Gray, Sonic Silver, Thunder Gray, and Surf Blue.

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2021 vs. 2020 Hyundai Kona Changes: Was the Kona Redesigned?

The only significant change with the 2021 Hyundai Kona is the addition of the Night Edition. However, the 2020 Kona did receive available adaptive cruise control and renamed the entire trim lineup. Both of these models are similar to one another in appearance, but the 2021 Kona sports some new technology and customization.

Is the Hyundai Kona Getting an N Line Trim for 2021?

New Hyundai Kona N Line teaser image *Upcoming Hyundai Kona N Line teaser image shown.

There has been speculation of a 2021 Hyundai Kona N Line in the works for quite some time. Unfortunately, we might not see a Hyundai Kona N Line until later in 2021 debuting as a 2022 model. However, it is reported that both the new Hyundai Elantra and Hyundai Sonata are getting N Line trims for the 2021 model year. A new Hyundai Tucson N Line is expected to debut in 2022 as well. N Line is a moniker from the Hyundai N performance division, and something that is all too familiar with the popular Veloster hatchback here in the states. An N Line trim would bring some desired performance to the otherwise sporty Hyundai Kona. It will be well worth the wait if you deserve some performance tuning in your new Hyundai Kona.

2021 Hyundai Kona Reviews & Ratings

There aren't any safety ratings for the 2021 Hyundai Kona yet, but we expect it to fare well. Aside from safety ratings, the reviews of the Hyundai SUV itself are quite favorable. Even Car and Driver lists the top benefits as "cheeky design, gutsy optional turbo engine [and] plentiful standard features."

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