Kona puts a smile on your face


Hyundai’s Kona com­pact SUV comes stan­dard with body ar­mour around all four wheels and a dis­tinc­tively bold frontal treat­ment that sets it apart from other com­pact SUVS.

The Kona has sep­a­rated top and bot­tom front lights that set off a cas­cad­ing grille, giv­ing the ve­hi­cle a bold frontal stance.

The over­all ap­pear­ance is en­hanced by wrap­around body cladding that helps give the Kona a wider, more ag­gres­sive stance, all of which helped pro­pel it into the fi­nal­ists for this year’s AA Driven New Zealand Car of the Year award.

Petrol-en­gined Konas ar­rived in Septem­ber last year, joined by the Kona Elec­tric EV this Au­gust.

AA Car of the Year judges felt the Kona was a con­fi­dent, vi­brant, sporty model that puts a smile on the driver’s face.

“It’s mas­cu­line look­ing both front and rear, plus drives like a hatch­back,” they said.

The Kona comes with two en­gine op­tions, ei­ther the 2-litre MPI 2WD with a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, or the 1.6-litre Turbo GDI AWD with a seven-speed dual clutch.

The Kona Elec­tric is the first com­pact elec­tric SUV in New Zealand with more than 400km in ef­fec­tive, real-world driv­ing range.

The Korean man­u­fac­turer launched the Kona with the mil­len­nial gen­er­a­tion in mind, say­ing the ve­hi­cle was aimed at the needs of cus­tomers who pur­sue chal­leng­ing, ac­tion-filled life­styles.

It is named af­ter a coastal re­gion of the Big Is­land in Hawaii, and is avail­able in a range of bright colours in­clud­ing ce­ramic blue, tan­ger­ine comet, pulse red, acid yel­low and chalk white.

Photo / Ted Baghurst

Hyundai’s Kona puts on a bold front.

Dual frontal, side and side head­pro­tect­ing cur­tain airbags are stan­dard, along with au­tonomous emer­gency brak­ing, blind spot mon­i­tor­ing and lane sup­port sys­tems.

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