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Yes folks, I was going to buy the CH-R but after seeing information on the Kona along with pictures, my plan to purchase has been put on hold. Been open to Korean car makers but never seen anything I like.

Sporty styling is one thing i'm really after and the Kona's exterior has it, but not so much the interior sadly.

 

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always had the same thoughts about toyota and that might be the case because they're one of the biggest car makers around and often with that comes vehicles with not as many things going on but in turn you get what you're comfortable with and you know what to expect compared to newer brands like Hyundai and Kia
 

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What don't you like about the Kona's interior?
Though it's not a unique as the C-HR's, but it's still nice.
 

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don't know why OP doesn't like the interior because as far as i have seen its just about as nice as any new car can get these days
if this was worth anything more then i would expect some genesis DNA happening
 

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Well, I do admit the infotainment setup does look cluttered with the surrounding buttons, but other than that it's pretty nice.
 

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I guess that's one thing we need to get used to which is to be expected in cheap vehicles like this but as we get higher up to models like the Genesis then we need to change those expectations.
 

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As for me, Toyota was always in the top of the mountain, however, in the past few years, Korean carmakers made a huuuuuge jump forward in terms of production. I agree with the thread starter, if Hyundai will make some improvements inside the car, the whole vehicle will be somewhere near ideal for me.
 

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Still have a hard time seeing why anyone would have a problem with the interior because its much like most new interiors I have seen. Kia is just keeping up with the times. Its actually taking on some Audi design cues which is a major plus to me.

 

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The only reason why I can see some people having problems with the Kona interior is because of any hard plastics it has. Soft plastics usually represents luxury and they feel better to the touch as well, but it's not cheap.
 

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I actually don't think that Kona has a "modern" design. As for me, current Kona has a nice and simple design, nothing special. Also, their cheap interior materials make your inside experience not as comfortable as it could be.
 

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Tried the C-HR and it's 0-70mph with a sundial, counting lap times with a calendar... Oh, **** no!!! Body kits are the butt implants of the car world. Looks like fun until you get into that seat...
 

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I actually don't think that Kona has a "modern" design. As for me, current Kona has a nice and simple design, nothing special. Also, their cheap interior materials make your inside experience not as comfortable as it could be.
I see you're point somewhat, however what or how do you define a "modern design?" If you want to look at cheap interiors, take a look at Nissan Versa, Kia Soul (standard) Honda Fit and other such autos. They have cheap interiors. I believe the Kona, depending upon what trim you have settled for will give you your answer. The Ultimate is quite nice, but it's not a Genesis G80 Ultimate by any means nor is it suppose to be. The Kona is a utility vehicle and wasn't made as a luxury SUV by any means of the word. It has a very warm quality about it which says; " utilize me as you see fit."

The Kona simply has a "nice feel," all the way around. If you are looking for more luxury, then step up to an SUV which is touted as a luxury SUV and you'll get the interior you want. The Kona has a good price point and all round performance to match.
 

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Love my outback interior, but that is the top of the food chain, Kona is bottom ! For this level it is fairly nice. Seats seem firm but comfortable so far to me. Rugs do seem low texture, simple low level radio package, but all depends on the model selected. The limited climate control is nice, leather seats ok. Never sat in the ultimate model. Did not do much comparing so my 2 cents is chump change. It is a hard decision to decide any time for a new vehicle ! Lots of luck. Sporty look and lovely ride are two items, usually not together much, your time is spent behind the wheel, not looking at the wheels ! Choose wisely.
 

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Looked at the Subaru's during the Albuquerque Car Show. Got to see all and compare. I didn't find the Subaru Outback to have a very posh interior except until you got into the limited 2.5 Touring which will cost you $34-36K out the door. Spend the money on the Kona Ultimate, which is much less than an Outback and you'll find a much nicer vehicle all round.

Also The Subaru's dash isn't what it should be for an above $32K+ car. Even the 3.6R Touring has the same dash, plus it has a CVT (Constant Velocity Transmission) Blah! $39K for the Subaru Outback vs. Kona Ultimate AWD at $27.5K out the door, I'd go with the Kona every time.

I like to Subaru but not for what they're asking for it. Now the WRX STI, not a problem.:grin:

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Well it all depends on what a person wants. Chose the Outback limited with all the bells and whistles for a family car, and safety. Yes it is good 20% higher in price since purchasing mine ! CVT works fine for us so far, smooth too. Drove it to yellowstone through bear mountain pass on Northeast end, what U turns, LOL. Maybe I will take this KONA out west, need to visit buddy in Colorado.
 

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I tried a few other cars and honestly, I was between a 2017 Nissan Rouge SL AWD that I found for about the same price as the Kona Limited AWD that I purchased. I opted for the Kona because, although it is smaller, I find it is more fun to drive and fits my current lifestyle the best.

I won't lie it's not near as comfortable as the Nissan, but the Nissan is on the next category of SUV... so it's not a fair comparison.

plus it has a CVT (Constant Velocity Transmission)
You mean "Continuously Variable Transmission"?
 

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Yes that's correct, sorry I'm not perfect by any account and do make mistakes. Continuously Variable Transmission.

Thank you for the correction.

I wouldn't have a Nissan if they gave it to me let alone any auto with a CVT. I've had two before and both were problematic. Service was poor at best from the dealer also.

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Yes that's correct, sorry I'm not perfect by any account and do make mistakes. Continuously Variable Transmission.

Thank you for the correction.

I wouldn't have a Nissan if they gave it to me let alone any auto with a CVT. I've had two before and both were problematic. Service was poor at best from the dealer also.

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I had a similar experience back home with my grandfather's 2013 Rogue. The transmission was replaced under warranty when it started making noise and harsh off-neutral engagement. That was only 35000 miles later, with all services snd maintenance done at the dealership.
 

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BellaKona, do you know this fellow?

David Torello Unknown Kona

Check and see if you do, he's not around anymore and I'd like to see him back as himself, seriously. His name is Dave from, NC. his user name is Unknown Kona.:smile: He's got a PM he should read. If you do, have him drop me a PM. I'll put him on my contact list and you also.

Blessings and Peace
 
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