A newly enhanced Hyundai Kona has been introduced in the South African marketplace. This is now a very crowded segment – that of the crossover SUV market – now counting for 45% of vehicle sales – and still growing. That is why it was so important for Hyundai to spruce up their vehicle parc that is nestled between the Creta and Tucson in their product line-up, by introducing more head turning aesthetics and value-added packages.
The Kona has proven to be an extremely reliable vehicle since its launch in 2018. There has been the introduction of a third derivative in the model range and a lot of reworked styling inside and out to make it even more desirable. The new Kona will be available in South Africa in three variants with two specification and trim levels: the Kona 2.0 Nu Executive with an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT); the Kona 1.6 T-GDi Executive with a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT); and the flagship Kona 1.6 T-GDi N Line, also with the DCT.
Most obvious are the changes to the front and rear of the vehicle. The front grille is wider, sporting a large “smile” and there has been a bumper change on the rear too. The new choice of mag wheels adds to the overall look, on the N range – their sportier performance version.
Inside boasts all the bells and whistle such as the multi-functional steering wheel linked the onboard system that will even allow you to listen to messages while you drive and return them by dictating through the phone system. You can also charge your phone wirelessly but there are also USB options as well. Yes, it seems that our vehicles are now fully infotainment loaded and even phone charging vessels are at the ready.
There is a host of safety equipment in the cars and the N versions boast smart cruise control, forward collision avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, safe exit assist and much more in this package. Colours change on the interior in the N range as well. Select Eco and the dashboard is lit up in green, Normal shows blue and red is kept aside for Sport mode of course, creating a unique feel for each driver and mode selection.
The powertrain line-up for the new Kona reaches new heights in terms of performance. At the top of the line-up is an enhanced Smartstream G1.6 T-GDi engine, linked to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT), which brings 148 kW maximum power and 265 Nm maximum torque to the table. This drivetrain is found in the 1.6 T-GDi Executive and 1.6 T-GDi N-Line derivatives.
The suggested retail prices of the three derivatives in the Hyundai Kona range are: Kona 2.0 Nu Executive (auto): R449 900, Kona 1.6 T-GDi Executive DCT: R499 900, Kona 1.6 T-GDi N-Line DCT: R579 900. Included in the prices are a seven-year/200 000 km manufacturer’s warranty; a five-year/75 000 km service plan and roadside assistance for seven years or 150 000 km to add extra value.