Squint, and you could probably mistake the Kona for a dinky crossover. Hyundai’s beefy plastic wheel arch cladding leans into that, while the stacked front fascia and split-out lamp clusters give the car some visual height. Side-on, there are hints of Bolt EV, particularly in the rear pillar, while the rear gets more cladding and similarly distinctive lights.
I’m not sure it’s exactly handsome, but it’s fairly distinctive for a small car. Perhaps more important, it doesn’t look like your typical urban runabout. We can argue the relative merits of crossovers and hatchbacks until we’re blue — or, more specifically, Hyundai Blue Wave — in the face, but the market seems to have made its decision regardless.
Hyundai may have leaned into that aesthetic, but the Kona is still a compact little thing. Just shy of 14 feet in length, and less than 6 feet wide, it’s effortlessly maneuverable even in tight parking lots. The slightly elevated driving position and decent visibility help there, too.