The 2022 Hyundai Kona N Lives Up To Its Hot-Hatch Hype

This week I’m bringing you something special in Hyundai’s lineup: its first N-badged SUV. N is Hyundai’s fairly new high-performance sub-brand and not to be confused with the N Line trim, which is just an appearance package. The first 2023 Hyundai Kona N offers a lot more excitement than the typical subcompact crossover, and then some. Hyundai delivers on its high-performance promises, resulting in a welcome addition to the compact car segment.


The Kona N gives off a sporty, aggressive, road-fitting vibe at first glance. Looks fantastic in signature N Sonic Blue performance with contrasting red tocents bordering the lower border of the body. You’ll find N-specific badging on the unique black mesh grille, as well as the striking rear end that features a dual-wing roof spoiler, rear diffuser, and big-bore dual-tip exhaust. N-specific 19-inch alloy wheels are fitted with Pirelli P-Zero summer tires.

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