One trim is all you get and all you need if you opt for the full-fat Hyundai Kona N hot SUV, but what a trim it is. Under the hood, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot deploys 276 hp and 289 lb-ft through an eight-speed DCT automatic to the front wheels. Pushing the N Grin Shift button on the steering wheel gives you 20 seconds of 286 hp overboost. Other highlights include multiple drive modes, adaptive suspension, a performance exhaust, and Pirelli P-Zero summer tires on model-specific 19-inch alloy wheels. Get past the performance and there's a wonderful interior waiting, too, with an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, and automatic climate control. An N-specific steering wheel and N sports seats look and feel the part, while the rest of the cabin draws from the standard Kona's recent facelift. That bags you a 10.25-inch driver instrument display, an infotainment display of equal size, and several safety features including cruise control, forward collision mitigation, and blind-spot monitoring, to mention but a few.
While the similarly-powered Veloster N asks $32,500, the Kona N charges a little more. The price of the Hyundai Kona N starts at $34,200 excluding a destination fee of $1,225. That makes the base price more than a new Golf GTI's starting MSRP in the USA, but less than even a mid-spec GTI, representing great value for money in our eyes.
As pricing still hasn't been announced, neither has package availability. But from historic data, it's unlikely there will be any extra features available for the Kona N, and don't even think about asking for a manual gearbox. Instead, make do with choosing various accessories like a cargo net.
The 2022 Hyundai Kona N only comes in one easy-to-digest configuration, so there's not much to choose from when optioning one out. Hyundai will offer a few color choices on the exterior, but we think the N-specific Sonic Blue looks best.