'Move Over Nissan Juke, 2018 Hyundai Kona Is Here!' Does This Hold Water?

Jun 19, 2017 02:43 AM EDT | Paul Urban

Nissan Juke has reigned supreme for quite some time as it hit the scene. Most have been drawn into its unique style and aesthetics altogether. However, this is somehow under threat as the 2018 Hyundai Kona enters the picture. People have been talking about it and there's a good reason for such buzz.

The 2018 Hyundai Kona features a fresh design for the brand. It does have a range of state-of-the-art technology. It has a revamped infotainment system, which may put all others of its kind to shame. The Kona comfortably belongs to a class which sits below the Santa Fe and Tucson in Hyundai's SUV lineup.

The Kona is named after a city on the island of Hawaii. Kona, though isolated from most metropolitan cities of the world, still boasts of amazing flora and fauna. It may be small but it is packed with surprises. The Hyundai Kona seems to follow the lead of the city it is named after.

It is small yet action packed. It is little but boasts of many surprises. For one, the Kona has an advanced suspension system that has been put to test several instances. There has been a mini test drive session that has uneven surfaces and crowded roadways. It did marvelously! However, the test vehicle is specifically for the Korean market. Its performance may change for its U.S. version.

Hopefully, that may not be the case. Kona comes with a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the SE and SEL trim levels. It is capable of producing 147-horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Nissan Juke second-gen, on the other hand, is powered by 1.6-liter turbo four, which produces 188-horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Nissan is ultimately proud of its lower emissions and better fuel efficiency.

At the end of the day, both the Nissan Juke and 2018 Hyundai Kona are two of the best in its category. Many may be drawn to the Kona because it is new but a good number stay loyal to the Juke for many reasons.

It is comparing apples to apples but in this case, both apples are great in its own right. Is it safe to say that the Nissan Juke has been overtaken by 2018 Hyundai Kona? Maybe not just quite. Meanwhile, see if the video agrees with what most experts think.

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