Hyundai Kona N vs BMW X2 M35i and Cupra Ateca 2.0 TSI in the test

Hyundai Kona N vs BMW and Cupra in the test
Hyundai SUV test

Dear audience: Cheer up, cheer up. There are still cars in which opinions differ widely. One goes out cheering, even wants to kneel for joy, but immediately comes back and hits another round. The other waves his thanks, straightens his back again and wonders what all this is supposed to be like.

the cart? A 300-horsepower BMW or Cupra? No, we are talking about the Kona N. After the i30 and i20, it is the third derivative of Namyang. The engineers took their sporting career seriously again, and packed everything Department N had to offer in high-legged crossovers, in and out. That’s quite a lot: a 2-liter turbo gasoline engine (280 hp / 392 Nm), an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission in an oil-cooled bath, a differential lock, three-way adjustable dampers, a stiffer front axle with a 1.7-degree negative camber and sport brakes forged wheels with a custom-tuned Pirelli P Zero in 19-inch format; Inside, regular sports seats, a steering wheel with large, always-accessible paddle shifters, a red NGS overboost button and two blue buttons that can be used to activate the various settings.

All of this results in a low-rolling 4WD that – when driven hard – shifts quickly to the limiter, shifts gears very quickly, settles in, thrusts through corners with great neutrality, pulls hard under load and shoves out onto the straight again. Lots of fuss. Depending on the configuration, rollercoaster is rough, brute, or revolving – but never leisurely. Not surprisingly, only the 1.52t Hyundai offers good times on the handling track. Whether it’s slalom or changing lanes, the Kona N is always 1-2 km/h faster than its no-nonsense opponents.

Read and configure

So that everything goes smoothly, bold instructions should always be at hand in a small glove box. Locking, damping, switching logic, steering force, and ESP allow for many variations, and the effects are so serious that it certainly doesn’t hurt to continue reading (Chapter 6, on page 38). It’s also useful to know: the boost number (N Grin Shift) only works for 20 seconds, after which the drive requires a 40-second break. A requirement that repeatedly forced colleagues from the testing department to cool off between sprints from 0 to 100 km / h. If everything fits, Hyundai sprints to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds and to 200 km/h in 20.2. Despite the nominally more powerful engines, BMW and Cupra are marginally faster up to 140 km / h; After that, we are in the foreground. In short: if you want pure driving pleasure, this is the place for you.

Hans-Dieter Suffert

Hyundai Kona N 2.0 T-GDI: 280 hp, 392 Nm, 0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, Vmax 240 km/h, from 38,900 euros.

You can also count on the brakes – easy to dose and stable – although the measured values ​​\u200b\u200bof 36.8 (from cool 100 km / h) and 62.2 m (130, warm) are not convincing. X2 stands at 33 and 57.1 metres! Here alone, Kona loses a lot of points it can use due to its aggressive build. Because the bully is of course ruthless, shakes his stirrups violently, jumps, tugs, tiger around. Not to mention the noise at 180 km/h. comfort? not here.

The X2 M35i looks almost like a role model. Admittedly – he also does not think about the comfort of the suspension, but he does not treat his occupants persistently. Especially on the highway, it is the comfortable companion who does not get upset by occasional gaps and short waves and drives faithfully forward. How convenient it is that the wind and wheels make little noise, even at high speeds, and that the engine runs well. It looks nice and lively on the bottom, feels more powerful and tubular at 2000/3000/4000/5000rpm, but doesn’t overcompress.

Experiencing buzz for a BMW in the full M-Class? It may be. However, no one should underestimate the confusing four-door car. The high-revving 2-liter petrol engine generates 306 hp, powered by an impressive torque of 450 Nm up to 4500 rpm. So the pilot can decide: full thrust from high gears or smooth ones.

run and save

The automatic torque converter finds the right gear quickly and without errors in any case – up and down. Finally, the all-wheel drive system provides traction. Zero to 100 is then completed in 4.9 seconds – without any traction at the front axle. Best of all: despite the power and body, the M35i is still economical with a consumption test of 9.5 liters Super Plus. The Ateca requires no less than a pint on average, and the Kona, 143kg lighter than the X2, handles itself up to 9.8l/100km.

Does BMW seem talented only on straight roads? Error. With sensitive and precise steering, it rumbles unerringly at every corner, leans towards the bottom line and doesn’t fiddle with the rear. A very agile hatchback SUV, it’s not as entertaining as the Kona Inn.

However, Cobra couldn’t do it better as the third in the group. The 300-horsepower Ateca radiates power from its four thick tailpipes, 245 big wheels and Brembo red brake calipers, but its shape alone is a limitation. It is simply nine centimeters higher than the BMW, and therefore passengers are seated five centimeters higher. As a driver, it doesn’t feel as compact as in the X2, and of course the Spaniard leans more to the side in the corners.

But similar to BMW, the Cupra is smoother than you think. Steering is precise, the weight is lower, and the turbocharged petrol engine is buoyant, and it rocks and sprints on the test site slower, sometimes just a little faster than a BMW. Only the brake system, for which the Cupra collects 2,860 euros, does not want to catch 34.9 meters from 100 km / h like the X2 does.

Attica Cobra

Hans-Dieter Suffert

Cupra Ateca 2.0 TSI 4Drive: 300 hp, 400 Nm, 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, Vmax 249 km/h, from 47,490 euros.

The Ateca is hard to beat when it comes to suspension comfort. The adaptive chassis from the Volkswagen Group is standard on board and the difference between the driving modes is significant. In Ateca, there are no problems when traveling on land and on the highway without moving. But he can also be different, violently rocking his passengers in a cobra pose. It is a pity that he does not take the strong insulation of the engine and road noise as important.

Despite all the necessary dynamics, issues such as space and amenities also play an important role in a powerful compact SUV. After all, you won’t find them so often on a racetrack as in front of the hardware store or the ski lift, and here the Cupra returns to the stage as a role model.

Download and pay

Because no matter how wild it is, there are still plenty of benefits to it. Its straight frame gives plenty of air and legroom. The door openings are large, so people sit in a relaxed atmosphere. Child seats can be installed quickly – also thanks to the easily accessible Isofix mounts – and the rear seats can be folded quickly using the remote unlocking. Ateca packs a maximum of 1,579 liters, and the regular box holds 485 liters. The Cupra was the only one that could tow trailers weighing up to 2.1 tons.

For an X2 like the M35i, BMW doesn’t even offer a trailer hitch. The three-piece rear seat backrest increases contrast, and is the only one with a large compartment under the chassis. The storage volume is good from 470 to 1,355 liters.

Hyundai, 18 cm shorter than the Cobra, can’t keep up with this Tour with its 361 liters and a two-piece backrest. It is also noted that the rear passengers do not have their own air vents.

Now we come to the boring but important part and the disclosure of costs. Here Kona hits the drum again, and with plenty of cuteness: Hyundai is asking a modest €38,900 for this little bastard, using the best equipment in this roundup. The price includes 19-inch wheels, sport brakes, adaptive chassis, lock and exhaust, and an impressive infotainment system, including navigation.

Hyundai Kona IN

Hans-Dieter Suffert

BMW X2 M35i: 306 hp, 450 Nm, 0-100 km / h in 4.9 seconds, Vmax 250 km / h, from 56,800 euros.

All that’s missing from the full equipment is the metallic paintwork, sunroof, and comfort and assist package. This hides, for example, ventilated cloth and leather seats, active blind spot assist and a rear cross-traffic warning system, which can also fully apply the brakes if necessary.

All the extras that the X2, which is more premium than the M35i, can’t work with. Its price: 56800 euros. Digital devices, a large screen, and high-end smartphone connectivity still cost an extra, and the head-up display and adaptive LED headlights are highly recommended.

First place goes to him?

Missing compliments from a relatively sparse cobra. At €47,490, it’s still a bit pricey, especially since Brembo brakes and Goodyear Eagle F1 super sporty tires come out on top. After all, default fixtures and a color infotainment system are standard, even if turning them on often makes you despair.

Hyundai also offers a free five-year warranty. Nobody in this category really offers more power and driving pleasure for less money. So the Kona deserves the number one spot – but only in the cost ranking. However, this point feature is not enough to level the serious flaws of a lack of space, a rotten chassis and brakes. The Cupra is comfortable in all respects and the surprisingly quiet X2 pulls off with ease.

However: It’s good that there are still bullies like Kona.

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1. BMW X2 M35i
621 points

Yes, he does minimal blowouts and doesn’t deliver what his brand promises. But the harmonious combination of a powerful engine, fast handling and powerful brakes is convincing – at a hefty price.

2. Cupra Ateca 2.0 TSI
597 points

It is clear that the Attica skillfully combines comfort, space and driving pleasure and should inspire many more customers than the X2. But steering and steering are not completely coherent, and consumption is high.

3. Hyundai Kona N
586 points

Granted – we don’t know of a more brutal SUV like this. But to win a comparison test, you need more: comfort, space, a more economical engine and, above all, more powerful brakes.

Technical information

Hyundai Kona N 2.0 T-GDI N BMW X2 M35i M35 Cobra Ateca 2.0 TSI 4Drive
Base price €38,900 58,200 EUR €47,490
external dimensions 4215 x 1800 x 1565 mm 4360 x 1824 x 1526 mm 4394 x 1841 x 1615 mm
trunk size 361 to 1143 liters 470 to 1355 liters 485 to 1579 liters
Displacement / Engine 1998 cc / 4 cylinder 1998 cc / 4 cylinder 1984 cc / 4 cylinder
perfomance 206 kW / 280 hp at 5500 rpm 225 kW / 306 hp at 5000 rpm 221 kW / 300 hp at 5300 rpm
maximum speed 240 km/h 250 km/h 150 mph
0-100 km/h 4.9 seconds 4.8 seconds
consumption 6.6 liters per 100 km 7.7 liters per 100 km
Test consumption 9.5 liters per 100 km 10.0 liters per 100 km

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