We previously looked at a Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Tucson. The larger Santa Fe was one of the more difficult vehicles to mount a device and the Tucson was somewhat easier. The Hyundai Kona is closer to the Tucson in terms of easy mounting.
Hyundai Kona Mount Discussion
It’s a sub-compact SUV but there is sufficient space in the front seat even for a tall driver (albeit at the expense of the backseat passenger).
The Hyundai Kona has an easy to reach windshield and will be a good choice for a phone or GPS. The middle vents are horizontal and in an acceptable location as it’s at the right place for a phone using a navigation app. The challenge with this location is that a mounted device could partially block the touchscreen so we recommend using it in landscape orientation.
The vehicle does not have a CD player so you won’t be able to use that mount point. The seat bolts are easily accessible but the track is too thin to attach a mount with a claw.
There are a pair of cup holders within the middle console that make for a passable mount point for a GPS, phone or tablet.
There is a moderately sized infotainment display located above the center air vents but because it’s a small SUV, you can use the dash space to the right of this display. It’s not optimal, but it’s doable.
Now, let’s take a look at a few specific mounts that should work well in the Hyundai Kona. The attached photo is from the interior of a 2020 model.
Windshield and Vent Mount Recommendations for a Hyundai Kona
The windshield is probably the best location for this vehicle in terms of mounting a phone or GPS. With a short reach to the windshield on the Kona, this is a good location.
Consider the Arkon MegaGrip Suction Cup Windshield and Dash Mount. The mount features adjustment points at the midpoint and tip, a vacuum locked suction cup and pivoting arm. The phone can swivel into any orientation. The expandable cradle opens to 3.4 inches and will hold most phones with or without cases.
This mount includes an 80mm adhesive disk that can be adhered to the dash. The suction cup will stick to it like it does on the windshield. On the Kona, this will fit best to the right of the touchscreen but not too far away from the driver.
Like the previously recommended vent mount, remove the cradle and adapter from the above mount to hold a Garmin GPS. The ball is 17mm in diameter. It will snap right into the socket on the back of any cradle from a Garmin automotive GPS like a Nuvi or Drive.
The vent is possible too. The middle vents sit at a perfect position for the driver’s eye. The phone is going to work best in landscape mode on the vents. We recommend using it in landscape orientation to avoid covering the touchscreen.
The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount is remains our favorite vent mount. The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can be used to hold most phone models with or without a case or skin. It has a ball and socket so the cradle swivels into any orientation. This mount will work on flat vent slats that are 3/8 to 1 inch deep. The included cradle opens to 3 5/8 inches so most phone models will fit fine.
The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can also be used for a Garmin GPS. All Garmin vehicle GPS devices made over the past ten years include a custom cradle that has a 17mm socket on the back. Remove the cradle from the Jelly-Grip mount and you have a 17mm ball. Just snap the Garmin cradle onto the Jelly-Grip mount minus the cradle and your GPS can be mounted to the air vent.
We did a full review of the Square Jellyfish mount awhile back and it’s worth reading for more information.
Other Mount Recommendations for a Hyundai Kona
A pair of cup holders are located towards the middle of the center console. The first cup holder can be considered as the best location for mounting a small tablet. This location should only be used for devices that do not need to be accessed while driving. A large tablet such as a full sized iPad will not fit in the Kona.
A mount with a longer extended mounting arm will work best to clear the gear shift and place it in a good location.
Consider the Cup Holder Mount for Tablets and Phones. This mount includes two different cradles and has an extended neck to make the mount a little higher than others. One for a phone and another for a tablet. The mount is adjustable and solidly made to easily handle the weight of your tablet. You will see a lot of mounts on the market for tablets or cell phones. This is the only car mounts that offers two different cradles, one for the phone, the other for the tablet. The tablet cradle will hold devices up to 12.9 inches but we suggest limiting it to nothing larger than an iPad Mini.
Hyundai Kona Mounting Summary
Surprisingly, the Hyundai Kona is an easy vehicle for finding a mount. The windshield, dash, vent and cup holder are good choices with the latter working best for a small tablet. The lack of an accessible seat bolt rules out that location. There is no CD payer so that will not work at all.