Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Driving -

Named af­ter a Hawai­ian re­gion, Kona – sis­ter car to the Kia Stonic – is based on the com­pany's all-new B- SUV com­pact plat­form. Its raised seat­ing and ride height are part of an in­no­va­tive de­sign, which in­cludes a split floor that boosts cabin space by avoid­ing that in­tru­sive cen­tral tun­nel (even with the op­tional four- wheel drive), while the com­pact in­de­pen­dent rear sus­pen­sion sim­i­larly means more space in­side. The run­ning gear is said to have been de­signed to suit Euro­pean con­di­tions. Says Hyundai vice chair­man Euisun Chung, “With the Kona, we have cre­ated a stylish and highly func­tional com­pact SUV, per­fectly suited to the needs of cus­tomers who pur­sue chal­leng­ing, ac­tion-filled life­styles.”

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