2019 Hyundai Kona Iron Man Edition Review: A California Bromance with Tony Stark

Hyundai Kona Iron Man Edition
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Remember the days when you were lucky just to get a Marvel Comics t-shirt? Our friends at Hyundai have given Marvel fans something epic by comparison: the Hyundai Kona Iron Man Edition. Complete with tons of Tony Stark / Iron Man themed goodies throughout, no one will mistake you for a DC fan.

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Keep in mind, this is a limited run, special edition vehicle based on the current model Hyundai Kona. Each Hyundai Kona Iron Man special edition comes with the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. There is an option for all-wheel drive, which my tester had.

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Having an engine produce 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque in a that’s just over 3,000 lbs is good stuff. Slicing through traffic is a breeze and off the line power is quite entertaining. Basically, the whole Hyundai Kona is “entertaining.” Every Kona is youthful to a degree, but with the top trim mixed with the Iron Man edition goodies – it’s a serious hoot.

Some negative issues do stand out. The pricing for the Hyundai Kona Iron Man Edition start just $31,500. Hanging AWD to the package will add $1,400 – which is noticeably more expensive ($3,000+) than a regular Kona.

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What’s unique on the Iron Man Kona?

  • Matte gray, metal-like exterior paint.
  • Marvel Iron Man puddle lights.
  • Arc-reactor design shifter.
  • Helmet exterior badges.
  • Red seat belts, Iron Man interior graphics including seats.
  • Unique Iron Man heads-up display and instrumentation
  • Unique, red dual-tone 18” wheels.
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  • Unique key fob
  • “Tony Stark” autograph on the passenger’s side dashboard.
  • Redesigned, them oriented front bumper and rear end.
  • Iron Man red accents on the kick panels.
  • Dark chrome front grille & bezel.
  • Red side mirrors and red two tone roof.
  • V-shape hood bevel with a BIG Marvel logo.
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My California adventure

During my drive, I cruised from Los Angeles to San Francisco and back. Averaging 30 mpg, I was pleasantly surprised with the ride and its maneuverability in traffic. It was easy to park too.

Unfortunately, its cargo area is minuscule and interior plastics are hard on the arms. I frequently lay my arm on the window sill and it was quite uncomfortable. The seats were comfy and lots of passengers enjoyed the Iron Man treatment throughout.

Halfway to San Francisco from Los Angeles, the Madonna Inn in
San Luis Obispo is right up Tony Stark’s alley… not really.

After returning to Los Angeles, I drove the rolling advertisement during the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. It was a huge hit. I was surprised how many people commented and took photos. It garnered more attention than many of my comrades who drove exotic sports cars.

I guess there are a lot of Marvel/Tony Stark fans out there.

As awesome as Iron Man is. I think this Hyundai, with a few additional non-politically-correct components, would be better suited as the Rocket Raccoon mobile. He’s my personal favorite.

What do you think?