Earlier this week, the Hyundai Kona small SUV was officially revealed before it hits Australian showrooms in late September.
Named after the coastal region of Hawaii’s Big Island, the Kona comes with an option of four engines, along with either front or all wheel drive drivetrains:
- 2.0L naturally aspirated 4 cylinder petrol – 110kW of power, 179Nm of torque, 0-100km/h in 10 seconds (ugh) and a top speed of 194km/h – comes with a 6-speed automatic.
- 1.6L turbo 4 cylinder petrol – 130kW of power, 265Nm of torque, 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds and a top speed of 210km/h – comes with a 7-speed dual clutch auto.
- 1.0L turbo 3 cylinder petrol – 88kW of power, 172Nm of torque, 0-100km/h in a shocking 12 seconds and a top speed of 181km/h – comes with a six speed manual in EUROPE ONLY.
- 1.6L 4 cylinder turbodiesel – details aren’t completely confirmed but the 100kW and 300Nm power plant from the i30 is expected – only in SELECT MARKETS.
Size wise, the Kona is 4165mm long, 1550mm tall and 1800mm wide, with a 2600mm wheelbase – this makes it a couple centimetres larger than a Mazda CX-3. Further, IT features class leading boot and interior space.
Exterior styling wise, the Kona features the bold design spied a while ago, with two tier headlights, a cascading front grille, two tone paint as an option, slim tail lights and lots of chunky black tough plastic. Inside, main features include either a 5, 7 or 8 inch infortainment display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a heads up display and wireless phone charging.
Tech wise, the Kona comes with autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane keep assist, high beam assist, a driver attention monitoring system, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Finally, FWD Konas get MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension, while AWD variants get dual arm multi link rear suspension.
In Australia, the 2.0L 6-speed FWD will be the base model, with higher trims using AWD, the 7-speed DCT and the 1.6L petrol. What do you guys think of the Kona? Let me know down below!