The Hyundai Kona is a newcomer to the small SUV market and seeks to take on the competition from Renault with their Captur alongside others in the market like the Peugeot 2008, Nissan Juke, Kia Stonic and Vauxhall Crossland X.
The Kona is named after a region in Hawaii and will be offered with two petrol engines and five trim levels to choose from launch
The all new Kona follows on from the recently updated i30 with a focus on high level safety equipment as standard, with Driver Attention Alert, Lane Keeping Assist, Hill Start Assist Control and downhill brake control available on all trim levels.
New 2018 Hyundai Kona Engines
The two petrol powered low emission engine choices come in the form of a 1.0 litre turbocharged three cylinder producing 118bhp and mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox. The second choice is a 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine delivering 175bhp only available with four wheel drive and a seven speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. The more powerful 1.6 is only on the Kona Premium GT so not much of a choice, however there are plans to add a 1.6 litre diesel in the future with manual, automatic, two and four wheel drive configurations possible.
New 2018 Hyundai Kona Trim Levels
The new Kona is available in five trim levels S, SE, Premium, Premium SE and Premium GT.
S level comes with manual air conditioning, 16 inch alloys, LED running lights, automatic lights, five inch monochrome LCD display, cruise control, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity and the standard safety features listed above.
SE Trim adds 17 inch alloys, front fog lights, roof rails, leather steering wheel, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera with a seven inch touch screen infotainment system, apple car play, and android auto smart phone connectivity.
Premium brings a chrome radiator surround, silver rear skid plate trim, 18 inch alloys, automatic windscreen wipers, climate control, keyless entry, rear tinted windows, wireless phone charger and an upgraded eight inch screen infotainment system with sat nav. The premium level also introduces high end KRELL audio and the system features a separate amplifier, eight speakers and a subwoofer.
Premium SE adds leather seats that are electric, heated and ventilated, front parking sensors, a head up display, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
Top of the line Premium GT is only available with the 1.6 litre 175bhp engine coupled with four wheel drive and an automatic DCT gearbox, full LED headlights, autonomous emergency braking , auto dipping headlights and a drive selector for various modes and terrains.
Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO Hyundai Motor UK said, “Hyundai has long been a pioneer in the SUV market with the Tucson and Santa Fe and all-new KONA completes a line-up that now gives customers a Hyundai choice in every segment of what is still a rapidly growing sector. KONA gives our customers the latest in safety and convenience technology, combined with powerful and efficient powertrains, packaged in a distinctive design with eye catching body colours which will really stand out from the crowd”
Stand out vivid paint colours are available from launch with Blue Lagoon and Tangerine Comet, joining the Comet Red and Acid Yellow featured above.
You can also contrast the car with a two tone roof option with Phantom Black and Dark knight colours available. The leather upholstery piping is silver as standard but matches the outer paint finish, when you choose any of the vivid paint options.
Expect an extensive 5 year warranty and 5 year roadside assistance package as is the case with any new Hyundai. The Kona will come be available to order from November with a retail starting price of £16,195 on the road.