Driving Generation Y
Hyundai Motors launches the Kona B-segment SUV.
Hyundai Motors has launched a direct competitor to the everpopular Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V and Toyota C-HR, called the Kona. According to Hyundai, the Kona is designed to appeal to the millennial demographic, if you couldn’t already tell from its decidedly ‘edgy’ styling.
The Kona is available in a number of different petrol and diesel engines. On the petrol side of things, there’s a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter MPI Atkinson petrol engine that produces 149PS and 179Nm of torque, and a Gamma 1.6 T-GDI turbocharged engine that delivers 177PS and 265Nm of torque.
The former will get you from zero to 100km/h in 10 seconds and has a top speed of 194km/h, while the latter – which will be mated to a sevenspeed dual-clutch transmission – will perform the century sprint in 7.7 seconds before reaching a top speed of 210km/h.
Drivers who prefer the torque-y characteristics of diesel engines can opt for the 1.0 T-GDI turbocharged three-cylinder diesel engine instead, which will be paired with a six-speed manual transmission. The tiny powerhouse is capable of producing 120PS and 172Nm of torque – enough to propel the Kona from standstill to 100km/h in 12 seconds, and onwards to a top speed of 181km/h. A larger 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine will also be available, but only in Europe.
Concerned parents should be happy to know that the Kona is equipped with a raft of safety features, including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), BlindSpot Collision Warning (BCW), and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW).