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Kona 19 - Clarification question on SEL vs Limited trim

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I am ready to buy a Hyundai Kona 2019 and am trying to decide between the SEL and Limited trim.

I have examined the specs in detail, but am slightly confused about a couple of features.

1) If I am understanding right, Forward Collision Avoidance with Pedestrian Detection is only available on the Ultimate trim?

2) Both the SEL and Limited are equipped with Forward Collision avoidance assistance, Lane Keeping assistance, Driver attention warning, Rearview camera with Dynamic Parking Assistance and Rear Cross Traffic Collision warning (and others)

3) The SEL Tech package does not really add any active safety features, just these features listed below:

Power tilt-and-slide sunroof
8-way power driver seat with power lumbar support
Fog lights - Infinity® premium audio with 8-speakers including subwoofer, and external amplifier
Blue Link® Connected Car System
Shark-fin roof antenna

Those are the questions I have for now....

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Hello,

I am ready to buy a Hyundai Kona 2019 and am trying to decide between the SEL and Limited trim.

I have examined the specs in detail, but am slightly confused about a couple of features.

1) If I am understanding right, Forward Collision Avoidance with Pedestrian Detection is only available on the Ultimate trim?

2) Both the SEL and Limited are equipped with Forward Collision avoidance assistance, Lane Keeping assistance, Driver attention warning, Rearview camera with Dynamic Parking Assistance and Rear Cross Traffic Collision warning (and others)

3) The SEL Tech package does not really add any active safety features, just these features listed below:

Power tilt-and-slide sunroof
8-way power driver seat with power lumbar support
Fog lights - Infinity® premium audio with 8-speakers including subwoofer, and external amplifier
Blue Link® Connected Car System
Shark-fin roof antenna

Those are the questions I have for now....

Thank you
I’ve owned both. This is a slam dunk. The SEL doesn’t have padded arm rests.

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To me the biggest difference between the SEL and the Limited is the engine/tranny. The 1.6 turbo with dual clutch tranny that comes in the Limited run circles around what is in the SEL in every way. All that other stuff is fairly unimportant. It sounds like you understand the options.
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To me the biggest difference between the SEL and the Limited is the engine/tranny. The 1.6 turbo with dual clutch tranny that comes in the Limited run circles around what is in the SEL in every way. All that other stuff is fairly unimportant. It sounds like you understand the options.
Once you settle on the Trim level, consider carefully the choices in AWD vs FWD. There is no indication as to your location, so if you don't live north and have to travel in snow/ice, the FWD version of the limited is an awesome choice.

We got our Limited FWD at the end of February for almost exactly 15% off the MSRP of $26,900. We love it and it is an absolute hoot to drive with the Turbo and DCT, and only FWD. Really gets up and goes. We're in SE Wisconsin, and have had no issues getting around in the snow with just FWD.

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Once you settle on the Trim level, consider carefully the choices in AWD vs FWD. There is no indication as to your location, so if you don't live north and have to travel in snow/ice, the FWD version of the limited is an awesome choice.

We got our Limited FWD at the end of February for almost exactly 15% off the MSRP of $26,900. We love it and it is an absolute hoot to drive with the Turbo and DCT, and only FWD. Really gets up and goes. We're in SE Wisconsin, and have had no issues getting around in the snow with just FWD.
I am in the Houston, TX area, so I do not think I need an AWD.

I am at a standstill debating between the SEL and Limited, I really just need this as a daily driver...but wonder if the LED lights and more powerful engine of the Limited are worth an additional 3000-4000$

I am also concerned that the Turbo engine may give lower gas mileage and is more susceptible to leaks?

Any advice on choosing between the SEL and Limited please?

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I am also concerned that the Turbo engine may give lower gas mileage and is more susceptible to leaks?
Odds are you will get better mileage with the 1.6T. Comparing I can get 33/34 at 77 with my Tucson any day of the week (rated at 30) compared to the 2.0 Nu in my Elantra that has a hard time doing the same numbers and it's rated at 34 highway.

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I’ve owned both. This is a slam dunk. The SEL doesn’t have padded arm rests.
Thanks @rmissourimule

So just to double confirm, If I am understanding right, Forward Collision Avoidance with Pedestrian Detection is only available on the Ultimate trim?

No lower trim offers Forward Collision Avoidance with Pedestrian Detection?

Thank you
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I understand the concern about $3 or 4K.

I hear a lot of people say they are afraid of turbos. My opinion is that fear is misguided and totally inappropriate. Some of Early turbo's had reliability issues, but modern turbos seldom, if ever, have problems. The one in my 96 Dodge truck has gone well past 200K without a hick-up, and they quite often go 500K miles. A turbo increases performance, without any real sacrifice in economy or reliability. In fact the 2L engine in the SEL has had more than it's fair share of reported reliability issues where as the 1.6L turbo is generally considered far more reliable. The difference in economy is pretty close to nil. The difference in power when you need to pass someone is substantial. The 1.6L gets up and goes while the 2L is sort of a dog in comparison!

So let the $$ be the determining factor, and the turbo and dc transmission being viewed as worthwhile to consider option or upgrade.

I get 32 mpg on all around driving with my AWD limited. And much better than that on the open road (I have gotten up to 38 mpg). The FWD will probably do a couple mpg better than the AWD

The way I understand it, you can't get pedestrian detection unless you buy the top of the line. Most cars are that way. Must be a marketing strategy to get you to spend more money.
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Thanks @rmissourimule

So just to double confirm, If I am understanding right, Forward Collision Avoidance with Pedestrian Detection is only available on the Ultimate trim?

No lower trim offers Forward Collision Avoidance with Pedestrian Detection?

Thank you
I would recommend that you get a brochure and see what is included. Although I initially purchased an SEL with tech package, I didn’t hang onto it very long. I hated the wheels and the hard arm rest. The Limited for not much more is worth the money. I dumped the SEL as soon as the local dealer got in an Ultimate. As it turned out I only drove it for 1200 miles before I traded it and my 2018 Limited Tucson in on a new 2019 Tucson Ultimate. I would have gotten another Limited but they dropped the heated steering wheel so I had no choice but to get the Ultimate. I leased it and with the trade-in’s our monthly payments are $0.00.

One thing that was missing off the Kona was the lack of a power tailgate. Getting out in the weather to pick up groceries wasn’t to my liking. The other thing was the very limited cargo area.

However if one can get over those omissions, the Kona is a fine car.

If anyone is interested, the one I traded in is still available as a CPO and they would want to unload it pretty badly as it has been in inventory too long. It has 1,200 miles on the odometer. I suspect they would sell it at cost or even take a loss. It can be seen on their website. It is perfect.

If you live in Houston, you are within driving distance or just fly in and the dealer would pick you up at the airport in LR at no charge.

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If anyone is interested, the one I traded in is still available as a CPO and they would want to unload it pretty badly as it has been in inventory too long. It has 1,200 miles on the odometer. I suspect they would sell it at cost or even take a loss. It can be seen on their website. It is perfect.
@rmissourimule Thank you for this update. I am interested in checking out the listing for your former vehicle, which is now being sold as a CPO. Can you share the name of the dealer please?

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