Hyundai Motor continues the approach established by Tucson and Santa Fe of naming SUV models after acclaimed travel destinations. The Kona is named after the coastal region on the Big Island of Hawaii, USA. The Kona region is famous among thrill-seeking travellers and the island’s energetic image is reflected in the innovative, practical and highly functional design of Hyundai’s new lifestyle-focused small SUV.
With its strong, impactful design and individuality, the Kona is designed to appeal to modern customers with active lifestyles.
The Kona joins Tucson, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport in a growing lineup of Hyundai SUVs, as the company continues to widen customer choice in the segment.
The Kona’s stand-out design is reinforced by the car’s voluminous, aggressive body styling that emphasises the well-proportioned, dynamic silhouette. Its low and wide stance complements the car’s stylish profile, with the long wheelbase and short overhangs ensuring nimble handling, in addition to delivering driving stability at high speed.
The unique features of the exterior continue inside, with a strong horizontal character line creating a wide and spacious feel. Even with its compact dimensions and low roofline, the Kona delivers best-in-class interior space.
The Gamma 1.6T-GDI engine boasts 177bhp, a 0-100km/h time of 7.7 seconds and a top speed of 210km/h. The engine delivers maximum torque of 265Nm from 1500 to 4500rpm, and is mated to Hyundai’s efficient and responsive 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Class-leading active-safety features include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, which uses the car’s front-facing camera and radar to detect imminent collision and avoid impact or minimise damage by braking autonomously. Three further systems also utilise the front-view camera to boost safety and convenience: Lane Keeping Assist, High Beam Assist, and Driver Attention Warning.
The Kona boasts a suite of sophisticated technologies, paired with user-friendly functionality to ensure driver and passengers can stay informed and entertained. The premium infotainment system offers various advanced connectivity features, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay where specified with a 5-, 7- or 8-inch display (depending on market).
The Hyundai Kona competes against the Honda HR-V/Vezel, Toyota C-HR, Mazda CX-3, Suzuki Vitara, Nissan Juke and also the Kia Stonic.
Read our review of the Hyundai Tucson Turbo, which uses the same powertrain as the Kona Turbo.