What is the Difference Between the Hyundai Kona SE and SEL?

The Hyundai Kona is quickly becoming the subcompact all others are measured against. So, it makes sense you might be considering the Kona as your main source of transportation as you maneuver your way around McKinney, every day. With a powertrain that easily handles the rigors of your commute and features that keep you safe, informed and comfortable, the Kona can accomplish anything you may have planned.

But where do you start when looking for your favorite Kona trim? How about at the baseline? Huffines Hyundai will take a look at the base Kona SE, and the Kona SEL trims to see how they match up. You can't go wrong when choosing either level. It all comes down to features. If you can find it on the SE, it'll be on the SEL.


Both trims are equipped with the 147-horsepower 2.0-Liter MPI Atkinson engine, for an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city/33 on the highway. A drive mode selector lets you shift between Sport and Normal, depending on your conditions. You also have the option of sticking with the standard front-wheel drive or opting for the reliable all-wheel drive. The SE rides on 16-inch wheels to get around town. The SEL goes with the 17-inch variety. Roof rails and rear privacy glass come standard in the SEL, as well.


This is where you'll start noticing some differences. You'll find the seven-inch color touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth available in both trims. The SEL adds SiriusXM satellite and HD radio. The SEL also adds proximity key entry, push-button start One-Touch Up/Down to the standard power windows.

Safety Features

There is also a significant difference in the equipment available in the Hyundai SmartSense driver-assist features between the SE and SEL.

Hyundai Kona SE:

  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Forward Collision Avoidance with Pedestrian Detection
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Braking

Hyundai Kona SEL

  • Adds Blind-Spot Collision Warning
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Warning

Interior Comfort

Naturally, with the higher trim level, you would expect more features to keep you comfortable on your drive. The SEL brings drivers heated seats, wraps the steering wheel and shift knob in rich leather. The base SE brings you cloth upholstery and a six-way adjustable driver's seat. A dual-level cargo floor brings you ample space to hide and store important items in both levels.

So the choice is yours. Do you value the extra safety technology offered by the SEL? Or are you satisfied with what the SE provides? How important is a leather-wrapped steering wheel? These things are worth considering when searching for your next Hyundai Kona. Either way, you are sure to enjoy the ride.

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