2023 Kona vs 2023 Taos in Tuscaloosa, AL

2023 Hyundai Kona vs 2023 Volkswagen Taos

Come visit us at Tuscaloosa Hyundai and let’s compare the 2023 Hyundai Kona and the 2023 Volkswagen Tao. Both of these subcompact SUVs have plenty to offer, but only one fits all your requirements. When deciding on your next SUV, you have to consider its performance and interior quality. It can be difficult to choose between the two vehicles, so let’s put these SUVs bumper to bumper and find the one for your daily life.

What’s New in 2023

The Hyundai Kona has updated its standard driver-assistance features for its 2023 model year. Those updates include features like rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. Another added feature is Hyundai's safe-exit warning system, which warns the driver and passengers about approaching cyclists or cars when exiting the vehicle. The N-Line trim also saw some changes to its packages, with the elimination of the optional Tech package. The features that were included in this package have now been made standard to the N-Line trim or are no longer available for that trim level.

The 2023 Volkswagen Taos also sees some updates to its driver assistance features, like the addition of blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, and others. The S trim level welcomed 18-inch wheels, and the SEL trim level added the panoramic sunroof to its standard features.


The 2023 Hyundai Kona impresses with its well-built interior that seats five people in its spacious two-rows. The Kona comes standard with cloth upholstery while leather-trimmed seats and leather and suede upholstery are available. The infotainment system comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen that is paired with a six-speaker stereo and Android Auto™/Apple CarPlay®. The cargo area also allows for easy loading and unloading heavy items with its low lift over height and wide opening.

The Taos is also a two-row that can seat five people, and its seats are standard with cloth upholstery; however, you can upgrade to synthetic leather upholstery or genuine leather upholstery. The standard 6.5-inch touchscreen is also smaller than the Kona’s.

Hyundai Kona Interior

2023 Hyundai Kona Center Console 2023 Hyundai Kona Steering Column 2023 Hyundai Kona Cargo Space

Volkswagen Taos Interior

Volkswagen Taos Center Console Volkswagen Taos Steering Wheel Volkswagen Taos Trunk space


The Kona offers two potent turbocharged engine options along with the base 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive and continuously variable automatic is standard, and all-wheel drive, seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and eight-speed dual-clutch automatic is available. The Kona also gets excellent fuel-economy estimates on the base engine.

The Taos offers a smaller turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The Taos comes standard with front-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic, but all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is available.

Choose Your Next Kona at Tuscaloosa Hyundai

Don’t wait, come see us in Tuscaloosa, AL, and we’ll show you all the 2023 Hyundai Kona has to offer. Ask our staff at Tuscaloosa Hyundai about test driving the Kona, and check out our new vehicle inventory for more available vehicle options. We look forward to helping you find the vehicle of your dreams.

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