Hyundai has launched its latest crossover, the Kona, pricing it from $27,000. Classed as a compact SUV, the Kona is powered by two engine choices – either a 2.0-litre, naturally-aspirated, four-cylinder with six-speed auto, or a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol four, coupled to a seven-speed dual-cutch transmission.
The 2.0-litre is front-wheel-drive only, while the 1.6-litre turbo is all-wheel-drive.
The 2.0-litre engine makess 110kW and 180Nm and will run from 0 to 100km/h in 10 seconds, while the 1.6-litre ‘Gamma’ turbo engine (GDi) makes 130kW and 265Nm, making it 18 per cent more powerful and 47 per cent more torque than the 2.0-litre. That helps it hit 100kmh in 7.9 seconds.
Drive Mode can be selected on both the automatic and dual-clutch transmissions, giving you three drive modes: Comfort, Eco and Sport modes.
Three trim levels will be available – Active, Elite and Highlander, plus an optional safety pack for Active (‘Active with Safety Pack’). Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is plenty of active safety tech including what Hyundai calls “Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian Detection”.
Nine colours and two contrasting roof colours are all part of the options list.