The South Korean manufacturer takes a swing at the highly competitive compact SUV segment

The crossover craze continues unabated, which means any automaker worth its salt is getting in on the action with all varieties of the reasonably priced, high-riding utility vehicle body style. The compact crossover segment in particular would appear to be rather lucrative, and as such, Hyundai just released a new competitor dubbed the Kona. Recently revealed in the metal in Seoul, the Kona fits between the Santa Fe and Tucson in the automaker’s lineup. Featuring sharp exterior styling, an upscale interior treatment, a wide variety of technology for infotainment and safety, plus an efficient drivetrain lineup, the Kona looks like it might have all the right stuff for a successful worldwide bid.

“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,” says Euisun Chung, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Company. “We aim to set new standards for the compact SUV segment, with appealing design, cutting-edge connectivity and class leading safety features.” Cut out the press releasisms, and what’s clear is the brand has high hopes for the Kona. Not only is Hyundai seeking to be the number one Asian automaker in Europe in less than five years, but this latest addition should also add a nice bump to its presence stateside as well. But this segment is rife with competition – does the Kona have what it takes to hang?

Updated 06/15/2017: Hyundai has officially revealed the Kona compact crossover! Check out our updated review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hyundai Kona.

  • 2018 Hyundai Kona
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    147
  • Torque @ RPM:
    132 @ 4500
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    10 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    8.5/10

Exterior

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Part of Hyundai’s strategy for the Kona relies on attracting younger buyers with a unique, sleek, and highly eye-catching design. And that’s exactly what it needs to stand out in this segment, which at the moment seems pretty overloaded with options.

First impressions are good, with a nice assortment of geometric shapes spread across the nose. The look is reminiscent of the Intrado Concept that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2014, and although the concept model’s sleek, highly aggressive visual presence is toned down compared to the production model, the overall look isn’t a dramatic departure whatsoever.

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Note: Production Hyundai Kona crossover pictured on the left, Intrado Concept vehicle pictured on the right.

The look is reminiscent of the Intrado Concept that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2014.

Hyundai is quick to point out the styling DNA is a continuation of what we’ve seen from the brand in the past, with notable examples including the Elantra GT hatchback and Stinger GT sedan. The lines are sharp and chiseled, with an assortment of creases added for character from front to back.

In front, there’s a signature Cascading grille design for the nose, plus a new design for headlight housings as well. LED’s are used throughout, including the daytime running lights and the headlights. The grille uses a polished mesh insert with a six-sided shape. Matte silver accent trim was applied to the fog lights and lower intakes, while the front bumper aero efficiency gets a boost thanks to “air curtains” that cut back on the amount of turbulent air entering the wheel arches.

The Kona’s profile gets a rounded roofline that seems to enhance the crossover’s sportiness with aggressive proportions. The lower bits receive a matte-black cladding treatment to ward off errant rocks and grit, while the fenders are flared in a “wing type” application. Up top, buyers get a roof with a two-tone finish, plus racks for a cargo carrier for enhanced practicality. Filling the arches are 18-inch alloy wheels, also in a two-tone finish. Further wheel options include 17-inch and 16-inch rollers, with either alloy or steel construction on the table.

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The Kona’s profile gets a rounded roofline that seems to enhance the crossover’s sportiness with aggressive proportions.

In back, the tail is enhanced with a short rear overhang, plus a skid plate-look for the lower bumper. The taillights wrap into the rear fenders, while upper plastic garnish complements the lower matte black cladding.

A variety of color combinations are on offer to give the Kona a customized look. Exterior color options include 10 different shades, while the offset two-tone roof can be had in one of two different colors. The roof color options include Phantom Black or Dark Knight (basically dark grey), which extends down to the coverings for the side view mirrors as well. Meanwhile, the exterior colors include Phantom Black, Chalk White, Lake Silver, Dark Knight, Pulse Red, Tangerine Comet, Acid Yellow, Blue Lagoon, Ceramic Blue, and Velvet Dune.

Exterior dimensions

Width: 1,800 mm (70.9 inches)
Height: 1,550 mm (61 inches)
Length: 4,165 mm (164 inches)
Wheelbase: 2,600 mm (102.4 inches)

Competition’s Styling

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Note: Toyota C-HR pictured on the left, Honda HR-V pictured on the right.

As previously stated, this segment is replete with options, with two of the bigger models hailing from Japan. The first of these in the Toyota C-HR, a sporty looking compact that gets noticed thanks to its forward-leaning stance, angled cuts, and deep creases. The profile in particular looks quite aggressive, almost like a sport compact hatchback that was lifted a bit. Standout features include LED lighting, large 18-inch alloy wheels, and a rugged black underbody cladding.

Up next is the Honda HR-V, which is a bit tamer, at least when compared to the Hyundai and Toyota products in terms of exterior styling. The features get a more traditional approach without the overtly geometric designs and deep cuts as the other two models mentioned, but with a good dose of Honda flavoring as well. Standard features on the Honda product include aluminum-alloy wheels, power windows, and a power tailgate lock.

Honda HR-V Toyota C-HR
Wheelbase (inches) 102.8 103.9
Length (inches) 169.1 171.2
Height (inches) 63.2 61.6
Width (inches) 69.8 70.7

Interior

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Step inside the Kona and you’ll find a tasteful, thoughtfully laid out interior space. It’s simple and uncluttered, with a certain understated elegance. Take a step back, and the whole cabin is reminiscent of something you’d get from a big name European manufacturer, such as an older Audi A4 or even BMW 3 Series.

Enhancing that sense of premium appointment is semi-perforated leather upholstery that covers a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel. A heated steering wheel is an available option. The climate and temperature controls are located on the center console, while a smart key, push-button ignition is just to the right of the steering wheel. Passengers up front will enjoy power seats with 8-way electronic adjustment and 2-way lumbar support, while a 3-step ventilation system was added to the front seats as well. Drivers will notice an elevated seating position, which gives the Kona a genuine SUV feel behind the wheel. A floating infotainment screen design was added high on the dash.

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Take a step back, and the whole cabin is reminiscent of something you’d get from a big name European manufacturer, such as an older Audi A4 or even BMW 3 Series.

Lots of smooth surfaces can be found just about everywhere, with a dark finish for several of the painted parts. Buyers get the option for accent colors and matched stitching for the seats and steering wheel, with colors including Orange, Lime, and Red. Further accents were added to the air vents, gearshift, engine start button surround, and stitching for the seats and steering wheel. Lime and Red coloring were added to the seat belts as well. Up top is a black headliner, while glossy black interior door handles and steering wheel spokes round it out.

But any competitive entry in the compact crossover segment needs more than a pretty cabin space to be successful – it’s also gotta have the infotainment chops to back it. To that end, the Kona comes standard with a 5.0-inch monochrome TFT screen, plus features like radio, Bluetooth connectivity, auxiliary inputs, and a USB connection. Higher in the range is the Display Audio system, which replaces the 5.0-inch TFT screen with a 7.0-inch color LCD touchscreen, while also adding an integrated rear camera with dynamic guidelines, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support (Bluetooth and a USB input are included as well). Finally, the top-level infotainment adds an 8.0-inch touchscreen with a rearview camera and dynamic guidelines, plus a 7-year subscription to the LIVE services app suite (real time info on weather, traffic, speed cameras and point of interest search), 3D maps, and Lifetime Mapcare nav updates (Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are retained).

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But any competitive entry in the compact crossover segment needs more than a pretty cabin space to be successful – it’s also gotta have the infotainment chops to back it.

The Display Audio system is another first for the brand, offering up further smartphone support for phone calls, navigation, voice-to-text, and music.

Behind the steering wheel, you’ll find a central information screen in the gauge cluster, with either a 3.5-inch Mono TFT LCD screen as standard, or an upgraded 4.2-inch TFT color display as an available option.

Another cool, tech-heavy feature is the available 8.0-inch heads-up display, which is yet another Hyundai first. This feature projects pertinent information onto the windscreen just inside the driver’s field of vision, enhancing safety while also looking pretty darned cool. Stuff like road speed, navigation directions, fuel level, audio system info, and various autonomous safety system warnings are projected. The heads-up display is also adjustable in terms of angle and height, thus enhancing visibility. Drivers can activate the heads-up display with a button located on the steering wheel.

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Another cool, tech-heavy feature is the available 8.0-inch heads-up display, which is yet another Hyundai first.

If having a banging stereo is high on your priority list, the Kona will offer an optional premium system from Krell. Specs include a total of eight speakers, with two 20 mm tweeters, four 160 mm woofers, a single 100 mm central speaker, and a 200 mm subwoofer, plus an eight-channel amp with 45 watts per channel. Rounding out the infotainment features is an optional Qi wireless charger for mobile devices.

Space-wise, the Kona promises to deliver a best-in-class interior room. Front legroom is measured at 1,054 mm (41.5 inches), while legroom in back is rated at 880 mm (34.6 inches). Cargo space is rated at 361 liters (12.7 cubic feet). Enhancing the space is a 60:40 split for the rear seats. Folded down completely, there’s a total of 1,143 liters (40.4 cubic feet) of space for hauling things around.

Competition’s Cabin

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Note: Toyota C-HR pictured on the left, Honda HR-V pictured on the right.

The Toyota CH-R is also pretty spiffy inside, with a large infotainment screen mounted high on the dash, lots of soft touch surfaces, matte finish trim, and chrome details. A few analog buttons reside underneath the primary screen, while the shift knob gets a satin chrome and leather boot treatment. The rear seat also folds down in a 60/40 split.

Step into the Honda HR-V, and the cabin layout is, like the exterior, a bit downplayed. However, you still get lots of premium stuff, such as a 7.0-inch touchscreen, soft touch surfaces, and chrome detailing, plus nice piano black surrounds. Leather trim is included. Standard spec throws in a rearview camera, app support, push-button engine start, and SiriusXM radio.

Interior Dimensions

Honda HR-V Toyota C-HR
Headroom (inches, front/rear) 39.5/38.3 38.1/38.3
Legroom (inches, front/rear) 41.2/39.3 43.5/31.7
Shoulder Room (inches, front/rear) 56.8/54.5 49.0/52.5
Hiproom (inches, front/rear) 53.1/47.4 53.0/48.0
Cargo volume seats up/down (cu ft) 24.3/58.8 19.0/36.4

Drivetrain

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Hyundai is selling the Kona with a variety of engine choices worldwide, although the selection is limited depending on the market. In the U.S., the Hyundai will be sold with one of two engines, starting with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 147 horsepower and 179 Nm (132 pound-feet) of torque at 4,500 rpm. Mated to the 2.0-liter is a six-speed automatic transmission, which helps the Kona do the 0-to-62 mph sprint in about 10 seconds. It should also be noted that the lump utilizes the Atkinson cycle for better mpg.

In the U.S., the Hyundai will be sold with one of two engines, starting with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 147 horsepower, while a 1.6-liter making 175 horses is above it.

Alternatively, U.S. buyers can get the Kona with a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Output from the 1.6-liter is rated at 175 horses and 195 pound-feet at 1,500 rpm, which helps the crossover hit 62 mph from a standstill in a much more acceptable mid-7-seconds. Meanwhile, top speed for the 1.6-liter looks like 210 km/h (130 mph).

Hyundai has yet to release exact details with regards to specific engine and drivetrain combinations, but it’s a safe bet to assume FWD will come as standard and AWD will be offered as an available option.

Across the pond, buyers will get a few different engine options at their disposal, all of which will be turbocharged. The initial two powertrains offered at launch will kick off with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder T-GDI mated to a six-speed manual transmission and FWD as standard. The 1.0-liter will makes 120 PS (118 horsepower) and 172 Nm (126 pound-feet) of torque. Standout features include a turbo with an electronic wastegate actuator for greater efficiency, plus a six-hole GDI injector pushing 200 bar of pressure.

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FWD will come as standard and AWD will be offered as an available option.

Above the 1.0-liter is a more potent 1.6-liter T-GDI making 177 PS (175 horsepower) and 265 Nm (195 pound-feet) of torque, presumably the same as engine as the top-level U.S. option. Cog swaps for this engine come courtesy of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and AWD system, with a run from 0-to-62 mph done in 7.9 seconds.

Speaking of the optional AWD, the Kona’s extra grip is provided by up to 50 percent of available torque sent to the rear axle. Meanwhile, the seven-speed transmission is an evolution of the seven-speed DCT Hyundai first offered in 2015, which Hyundai claims offers a 20 percent improvement to fuel returns and CO2 emissions compared to a “conventional” six-speed automatic, plus a 10 percent boost to acceleration. Standout features include two dry clutches with an actuator for each, enabling no interruption in torque application during shifts.

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The seven-speed transmission is an evolution of the seven-speed DCT Hyundai first offered in 2015.

Further options for European buyers will be released during the summer of 2018, at which time Hyundai will offer a 1.6-liter diesel powerplant mated to either the six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic. AWD will be an available option. The oil burner will be offered in two states of tune, including the standard 115 PS (113 horsepower) run through the six-speed manual and FWD. You can also get more power with the 136 PS (134 horsepower) and 320 Nm (236 foot-pounds) of torque through the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and either FWD or AWD. As previously noted, the diesel option will only be available in select markets.

Finally, the Kona gets two drive modes, “normal” and “sport,” with the performance option holding out for more revs before upshifting.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Horsepower 175 HP 147 HP
Torque 195 LB-FT @ 1,500 RPM 132 LB-FT @ 4,500 RPM
Transmission six-speed automatic six-speed automatic
0 to 60 mph 7.5 seconds 10 seconds
Top Speed 130 mph 130 mph

Competition’s Drivetrain

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Note: Toyota C-HR pictured on the left, Honda HR-V pictured on the right.

Powering the Toyota C-HR is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with natural aspiration, and peak output rated at 144 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. Routing the output is a continuously variable transmission (otherwise known as a CVT), a gearbox best known for yielding optimum mpg figures.

As for the Honda, under the hood you’ll find a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with a single overhead cam, and 16 valves. Output for this one is rated at 138 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque, all of which is routed to (surprise, surprise) a CVT gearbox.

Honda HR-V Toyota C-HR
Engine 1.8 liters In-Line 4-Cylinder 2.0-liter, four-cylinder
Horsepower 141 HP @ 6,500 RPM 144 HP @ 6,100 RPM
Torque 127 LB-FT @ 4,300 RPM 139 LB-FT @ 3,900 RPM
Transmission 6-Speed Manual CVT
EPA City/Highway/Combined 25/33/28 TBA
Weight 2,888 Lbs 3,300 Lbs

Chassis And Handling

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To help it turn, the Kona utilizes a MacPherson strut suspension set-up in front, which arrives with a new geometry for enhanced comfort. The rear employs a torsion beam axle for FWD models. Go for the AWD model, and you’ll get an upgraded multi-link set-up with dual lower control arms.

Electronic aides include Advanced Traction Cornering Control on models equipped with AWD, which Hyundai says helps to diminish the inherent understeer dynamics associated with AWD cars. And although it’s unlikely many buyers will take their Kona off-roading, Hyundai is quick to point out the 170 mm (6.7 inches) of ground clearance.

Underneath the body panels, Hyundai says the Kona was manufactured using the automaker’s in-house produced steel, while utilizing hot stamping and structural adhesive production methods to cut weight and up stiffness.

Tire sizing is 235/45R18 for the 18-inch wheels, 215/55R17 for the 17-inch wheels, and 205/60R16 for the 16-inch wheels.

Safety And Convenience

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Both the NHTSA and IIHS have yet to post safety ratings for the Hyundai Kona, but odds are they’ll be pretty good, considering the models broad selection of safety tech onboard. Kicking it off is Hyundai Motor’s Autonomous Emergency braking with Pedestrian Detection system, plus there’s Blind Sport Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Static Bending Light, and Smart High Beam. Standard safety tech includes Lane Keeping Assist and Driver Attention Alert.

Less high-tech safety stuff includes a six airbags, with two in front, two on the side, and two curtain airbags.

Prices

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Hyundai will launch sales in its native South Korea later this month, with deliveries in the U.S. and Europe scheduled for a little later in 2017. Exact pricing details have yet to be announced, but if we were to guess, we’d say a starting price of about $20,000 feels about right. Expect that number to rise significantly with upgraded infotainment and drivetrain options.

Competition’s Prices

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Note: Toyota C-HR pictured on the left, Honda HR-V pictured on the right.

If you’re looking into picking up a 2018 Toyota C-HR, expect pricing to start at around $22,500 for the base model XLE package. Or you can step up to the XLE Premium model for $24,350 for a little extra in terms of equipment.

Meanwhile, the Honda HR-V starts at $19,465 for the LX model, then ranges up to $24,940 for the EX-L with Navigation model. Caught in the middle is the EX, which starts at $21,515.

Other Options

Nissan Juke

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When it comes to funky, small crossovers, the Nissan Juke is the go-to answer. Making 188 horsepower thanks to a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, it’s pretty zippy as well, hitting 60 mph in less than seven seconds. That means the Hyundai won’t have the power to outmuscle it, but the South Korean product might have the right stuff to beat it when it comes to features and pricing.

Read the full review here.

Renault Captur

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Venture over to Europe or the U.K., and you’re likely to cross paths with the Renault Captur. Offering two-tone exterior paint and a number of options for customization, the Captur is right in line with the youth-oriented philosophy of the Juke and Hyundai’s Juke Fighter. Power comes from a variety of diesel and gasoline engines, including a 1.4-liter oil burner producing 90 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque.

Read more about the Renault Captur here.

Conclusion

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The crossover market is still unbelievably popular here in the states, especially when the model in question comes equipped with loads of tech, an efficient powertrain, and slick styling. Hyundai is smart to be looking to add to this segment with a smaller crossover offering, and all told, it should make for a solid contender when it arrives next year. The real key will be standard features and price – if it arrives for a few thousand under the Nissan with more gear and an attractive exterior, it should play remarkably well with target audiences.

  • Leave it
    • Huge amount of competition from everywhere
    • Does the world really need yet another crossover model?

The Big Teaser

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The spy shots that we’ve seen of the Kona thus far have given away very little in terms of actual design cues. This teaser image doesn’t reveal a whole lot either, but we can make out some styling cues. First off, the headlights are thin and sleek, keeping a similar form to the tiny air passage that sits in between. Interestingly enough, the thin lights just ahead of the hood are actually the daytime running lamps while the larger lights down below will function as the actual headlights. The inner edge of those headlights run parallel with the sides of the grille, which really ties things together up front. That grille, by the way, is likely flat on the bottom, but you can’t deny that the top half kind of looks like the outline of the Superman logo. The front hood is insanely wide, making for thin fenders, and features plenty of muscular cues. It actually kind of looks like it’s flexing, doesn’t it?

As I said, we can’t make out a whole lot, but it’s a hint as to what we’ll be seeing when the Kona makes its official debut. There’s no exact date set, but Hyundai says it’s happening this summer, which means it should go on sale in the fall as a 2018 model. Check back soon for updates!

Spy Shots

April 7, 2017 - Hyundai Kona caught testing once again

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Update History

Updated 04/07/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Hyundai Kona out for a new testing session. According to Hyundai, the name "Kona" is derived from the Kona district on the Big Island of Hawaii, reflecting the island’s energetic image and unique lifestyle

Press release

“The All-New KONA is not just another car among Hyundai Motor’s established SUV range - it is an important milestone of our journey to become Asian automotive brand number one in Europe by 2021,” says Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe. “With its true SUV genes, a progressive design and premium features, KONA reflects the lifestyle of modern customers, enhancing the brand’s appeal and attracting new customers.”

Hyundai Motor extends its SUV family with a progressive approach

Since the launch of Santa Fe in 2001, Hyundai Motor sold more than 1.4 Million SUVs in Europe becoming an established brand in the SUV segment. The Tucson is the fastest-selling SUV of Hyundai in Europe with more than 200,000 sales since launch in 2015. Now, Hyundai Motor is extending its SUV family to four members including the Grand Santa Fe, Santa Fe and Tucson by entering the B-SUV segment (Grand Santa Fe is not available in the UK). The All-New KONA is a real SUV with a bold and progressive design, premium features, accessible connectivity and latest safety technologies. It expresses the lifestyle of modern urban customers and is a confident statement of who you are..

The All-New Hyundai KONA is an important milestone for Hyundai Motor Europe on its way to becoming the leading Asian automotive brand in Europe by 2021 with the launch of 30 new models and derivatives.

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Sleek, sharp exterior

The All-New KONA’s front is expressive and powerful, adopting Hyundai Motor’s new family identity, the Cascading Grille. New twin headlamps enhance the visual impact, with the LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. The separated lights at the front deliver a confident, progressive appearance with sleek, sharp shapes. A bold front and rear are emphasised by the car’s wide stance and its voluminous, aggressive body styling. The KONA’s two-tone roof and the choice of ten distinctive exterior colours offer many individual combinations for almost every individual style.

Elegantly tailored interior

The interior is characterised by smooth surfaces on top of the instrument panel that give it a sensuous and refined feel while dark painted parts represent the technological and rugged character. This is complemented by considerable roominess and visibility. A choice between different-accent colours and matching coloured stitching on the seats and steering wheel show the refinement and attention to detail that went into the development of the sophisticated interior.

State-of-the-art powertrains and four-wheel drive

Right from the start, the KONA offers the choice between two turbocharged, small-displacement petrol powertrains with high low-end torque and excellent fuel efficiency: a 1.0-litre T-GDI with a 6-speed manual transmission (MT) and 120 PS (88 kW) (fuel consumption combined (preliminary target value): 5.3 l/100 km; CO2 combined (preliminary target value): 119 g/km*) as standard and a high-power 1.6-litre T-GDI with 177 PS (130 kW) and Hyundai’s self-developed 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT) and four-wheel drive (fuel consumption combined (preliminary target value): 7.3 l/100 km; CO2 combined (preliminary target value): 169 g/km*). The optional four-wheel drive of the KONA supports drivers in all kinds of driving situations with up to 50% torque at the rear wheels e.g. on snow, gravel and of course on regular road surfaces. In the summer of 2018, Hyundai will be launching its next generation of efficient 1.6-litre diesel powertrains for the KONA, also available with 6-Speed MT or Hyundai’s efficient, direct-responding 7DCT with optional four wheel drive.

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Head-up display and the choice of connectivity

For the first time in a Hyundai, the KONA’s new head-up display projects relevant driving information directly into the driver’s line of sight. Its class-leading luminance and eight-inch image size enable not only effortless daylight visibility but also the faster processing of information while keeping attention on the road ahead.

A very high degree of connectivity for smart devices also adds to the All-New KONA’s appeal. The optional eight-inch infotainment system integrates all navigation, media and connectivity features, supporting both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.. The system comes with a seven-year free subscription to LIVE Services, offering updated information in real time: weather, traffic, speed cameras and online searches for points of interest.

Another Hyundai first in the KONA is Display Audio: passengers have the option of switching their smartphone’s content on to the system’s seven-inch display via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With this function they can use the phone’s built-in navigation capabilities, make phone calls, dictate messages or listen to their favourite music. The system provides entry-level customers with more accessible connectivity.

An optional wireless inductive charging pad (Qi standard) for mobile phones allows passengers to charge their smartphones conveniently on the move.

Latest safety features and high-strength steel body

The All-New KONA is designed for people with active, individual lifestylesand its list of safety features includes Hyundai Motor’s Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Alert, Static Bending Light and Smart High Beam.

Hyundai Motor is the only car manufacturer to make its own steel for the global production of its vehicles, with great benefits for the All-New KONA, i.e. a strong, light body that enhances the dynamic performance and increases passenger safety through the use of high-strength steel, a broad appliance of hot stamping and 115 metres of structural adhesive.

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02. Design

The All-New KONA continues Hyundai’s new design identity while adding its own progressive character to create a unique proposition in the sub-compact SUV segment. With its true SUV DNA, strong design and premium features, Hyundai Motor aims to attract new, modern customers.

Exterior design

The design of the all-new KONA is characterised by its distinctive high-contrast fender cladding and the sensuous and muscular surfaces atop a stable and wide stance.

At the front the twin headlamp design created by the LED day time running lights positioned on top of the LED headlights that are integrated into the cladding create an unique, progressive appearance.

The All-New KONA also features Hyundai Motor’s new family identity, the Cascading Grille with a mesh pattern, at the front that enhances its expressive and dynamic appearance. Its compact and agile character is emphasised by the sleek profile with short rear overhangs and wing type fenders that suggest forward direction. A roof rack enhances the sleek roof line and enhances active lifestyle capability for example by mounting a roof carrier.

The All-New KONA features silver matte accents to enhance the refined character, featuring framing of the fog lights and lower air intakes, an accent line on the side and the skid plate at the rear. Air curtains at the either side of the front bumper enhance aerodynamics by reducing turbulences in the wheel arch area.

At the rear, the design theme of the front is reflected featuring the unique wrap around cladding that house the indicator and reversing lights and distinctive graphical elements including the slim LED rear lights. The All-New KONA’s rear spoiler features an integrated LED brake light.

With its wide (1,800 mm) and low stance (1,550 mm), the KONA has a bold appearance on the road, further underscored by the 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels (Tyre size: 235/45R18). The All-New KONA is also available with 17” alloy wheels (Tyre size: 215/55R17) as well as 16” (Tyre size: 205/60R16) alloy and steel wheel.

This low and wide stance is further supported by its length of 4,165 mm and a wheelbase of 2,600 millimetres.

The KONA’s two-tone roof offers many exterior colour combinations and an individual choice for almost every personal style. Ten exterior colours can be combined with two roof designs for a total of twenty colour combinations. The roof and exterior mirrors are available in Phantom Black or Dark Knight (dark grey). The exterior colours available for the Kona are Phantom Black, Chalk White, Lake Silver, Dark Knight, Pulse Red, Tangerine Comet, Acid Yellow, Blue Lagoon, Ceramic Blue and Velvet Dune (light grey).

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Interior design

The KONA’s interior design reflects the exterior theme featuring smooth, contoured surfaces on top of the instrument panel contrasting with the dark painted parts representing the technological and rugged character. The colour theme offers customers the chance to tailor their own style with distinct colours: Orange, Lime and Red. The colour accents are featured on the air vent surrounds, around the gearshift, the engine start button ring, the stitching on the seats and steering wheel. All interior colour options come with a black ceiling. The Lime and Red options are moreover available with coloured seat belts as well as glossy black interior door handles and steering wheel spoke. The semi-perforated leather steering wheel adds to the KONA’s stylish, high-quality interior. Owners have the option of tailoring the KONA’s interior to suit their taste, expressing their unique temperament and independent lifestyle.

The floating screen of the optional eight-inch navigation touchscreen on the dashboard integrates all navigation, media and connectivity features and thanks to its ergonomic position allows drivers to stay tuned to the traffic ahead at all times. The climate and temperature control is positioned conveniently in the centre console and can easily be operated via the dials without distracting the driver.

The All-New KONA offers several features for maximum passenger convenience. The optional heated steering wheel provides warmth and comfort even in the coldest weather, while a smart key and push-button ignition allows the driver to turn the vehicle on and off with the simple touch of a button. The KONA’s power seats dispose of an 8-way electric adjustment and 2-way lumbar support system, which provides optimised seating positions for passengers of diverse physiques. The front seats moreover feature a 3-step ventilation system for a convenient ride in hot weather conditions.

The All-New KONA offers plenty of space for both passengers and luggage. Storage trays and 1.5 litre bottle holders in the doors have been integrated for maximum convenience. KONA offers generous front-seat legroom, with 1,054 mm and 880 mm for passengers in the rear. Luggage space totalling 361 litres (VDA 211) offers flexibility for everyday needs. Foldable rear seats (60:40 split) allow passengers to load extra-sized cargo that would normally not fit in the rear cargo space. With the seats folded flat, the KONA offers 1,143 litres (VDA 214) of space for weekend escapes and longer trips.

03. Driving performance

The All-New KONA features a line-up of downsized turbocharged engines to increase efficiency while boasting driving dynamics. The All-New KONA is a real SUV by offering customer the choice to opt for four-wheel drive and a smooth and efficient seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT).

New downsized 1.0 T-GDI and 1.6 T-GDI petrol engines

The in-house developed, downsized 1.6 T-GDI four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with a performance of 177 PS (130 kW) and 265 Nm torque handles the urban driving environment with ease and is not afraid of ventures into the countryside: 100 km/h are reached in only 7.9 seconds. The KONA comes equipped with Hyundai Motor’s newly developed, compact four-wheel drive and the smooth-shifting 7DCT.

Drivers seeking more economical mobility have the option of a downsized 1.0-liter T-GDI 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 120 PS (88 kW) and 172 Nm. A turbocharger with an electronically-controlled waste-gate actuator improves fuel efficiency by lowering pumping losses as well as improving throttle response and low-end torque. The unit features a six-hole GDI injector, pressured to a higher-than-average 200 bar, securing a clean combustion and improving fuel economy and emissions. The engine is offered with front-wheel drive and 6MT.

New U 1.6-litre diesel

Within a year of the launch, the KONA’s powertrain line-up will be further expanded with the addition of a newly developed, efficient 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine available with two power outputs: A regular 115 PS (85 kW) (preliminary) version with a 6MT and front-wheel drive. The high-power diesel version provides 136 PS (100 kW – preliminary) and powerful 320 Nm in combination with a 7DCT and the choice between four-wheel and front-wheel drive.

The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission

Hyundai Motor introduced its first 7-speed dual-clutch transmission in 2015, combining the benefits of automated and manual transmissions. The 7DCT provides an improvement in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of up to 20% compared with a conventional six-gear automatic transmission, while acceleration performance was increased by up to 10%.

The 7DCT consists of two dry clutches and an actuator for each clutch. Engine power is transferred independently to the odd and even gear train so that the driver is always ready to shift to the next gear without any torque interruption. For optimised responsiveness, the electric motor-driven actuator is applied, while external shock absorbers improve the noise, vibration and harshness levels during driving.

In combination with the 7-speed dual clutch transmission, the All-New KONA offers two drive modes: normal and sport. In sport mode there is a different shift pattern, with gears being held longer before shifting.

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Ride and handling

The development engineers have designed the All-New KONA with a good balance between power and comfortable ride and handling qualities in addition to agility and nimbleness.

The KONA offers customers a true SUV experience thanks to a ground clearance of 170 mm. Its elevated seating position ensures better visibility for drivers and increases driving comfort. At the same time, the lowered interior floor and the optimised tunnel part of the SUV platform allow for a spacious interior which further adds to the Kona’s versatility. The optional four-wheel drive benefits from an adjusted transfer mounting angle, thus improving the turbo engine’s performance.

The low, wide stance of the KONA not only catches the eye and ensures a strong appearance on the road, it also improves ride and handling capabilities – form follows function.

Great care has also gone into the development of the new suspension system. The McPherson strut in the front with its refined geometry delivers a refined body movement on rough roads for a comfortable ride that absorbs shocks before they reach the interior.

The coupled torsion beam axle in the rear of the two-wheel drive KONA is characterised by its ride comfort and sporty handling feel thanks to its high-stiffness torsion beam. The All-New KONA with four-wheel drive feature a multi-link rear suspension which helps to optimise ride and handling, maximising stability during accelerated cornering with the dual lower arm-type multi-link. Advanced Traction Cornering Control for four-wheel drive directs understeering and improves the vehicle’s agility and stability by controlling both traction and damping while accelerating in curved sections.

Strong, lightweight body

Hyundai Motor is the only car manufacturer to make its own steel for the global production of its vehicles, with benefits for the All-New KONA, which features a strong, light body that enhances the dynamic performance and increases passive passenger safety. The ultra-high-strength steel ensures highest rigidity while the broad appliance of hot stamping and 115 m of structural adhesive improve stiffness while reducing weight.

Despite the compact exterior, the safety zone of the KONA’s body structure has been maximised and further improved by a ring-shaped cabin structure that disperses crush energy in various directions in the event of a collision and reduces the impact for passengers. The multi-load pass structure also disperses crush energy and works towards the goal of achieving optimal passive safety.

04. Connected and caring

The All-New Kona offers customers advanced connectivity features to enhance seamless integration of your smartphone, making operation more intiuituve and safe while driving. Customers can choose between three systems. The Standard Audio system with a five-inch monochrome TFT screen featuring radio, Bluetooth connectivity, AUX-in and USB connection. The Display Audio system with seven-inch capacitive colour LCD touchscreen integrated rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple Car Play and Android Auto or the third option, the eight-inch navigation system includiing rear view camera with dynamic guidelines, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 7-year subscription to LIVE services, 3D maps, and Lifetime MapcareTM**. Additionally, there is a central information screen located in the center of the instrument cluster between the two dials, available as a 3.5” Mono TFT LCD display (standard) or 4.2” TFT colour display (optional).

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Accessible connectivity through Display Audio

The Display Audio is a Hyundai first and offers customers accessibile connectivity with a seven-inch high-resolution colour LCD touchscreen to connect smartphones via both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This allows passengers to use the navigation capabilities of their smartphone without the need for built-in car navigation. Users can also make phone calls, dictate messages or listen to their favourite music. Additionally the Display Audio features an integrated rear view camera with dynamic guidelines.

8-inch Navigation system offers everything you need

The optional eight-inch infotainment system in the All-New KONA integrates all navigation, media and connectivity features, allowing drivers to always stay tuned to the traffic ahead. It also provides both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, enabling users to connect their devices to deliver and control music, telephone or navigation functions on-screen. Also included is a free seven-year subscription to LIVE services offering updated information in real time about weather, traffic and speed cameras, plus online searches for points of interest. The navigation system also features 3D maps and Hyundai Motor’s unique Lifetime MapcareTM** with free annual map and software updates included. To enhance vehicle operation the system includes a rear view camera with dynamic guidelines.

Wireless inductive charging

To ensure that occupants’ phones are always charged, the KONA also provides a wireless inductive charging pad (Qi standard) for mobile phones. The phone’s charging status is visualised with a small indicator lamp above. To ensure the phone will not be forgotten inside the car, the central display in the instrument cluster will show a reminder when switching off the car.

For further connection of your devices the KONA comes standard with USB port and AUX jack.

Head-up display with class-leading luminance

For the first time in a Hyundai, the KONA’s new combiner head-up display (HUD) projects relevant driving information directly to the driver’s line of sight . This allows faster processing of information while keeping attention on the road ahead.

With a projected image size of eight-inch at two metre distance and class-leading luminance of more than 10,000 candela per square metre, the new HUD guarantees best visibility in different light conditions. The HUD can be adjusted in angle and height to ensure optimum visibility for individual needs. Once activated via the button beside the steering wheel, the combiner deploys vertically and disappears into the dashboard when not in use. While driving, the HUD supports safe driving by displaying information such as speed, navigation commands and the fuel level as well as safety-related warnings from assistance systems such as the Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Blind Spot Detector. Information about the audio mode and radio are also projected.

High-end sound system by Krell

Today’s customers like to listen to their favourite soundtrack in their car, for this reason the KONA offers a high-end sound system by audio manufacturer Krell featuring eight speakers including two 20 mm tweeters, four 160 mm woofer speakers, one 100 mm centre speaker and a 200 mm subwoofer speaker. The eight-channel amplifier delivers 45 Watt per channel to maximise the audio experience inside the car.

Highest level of active safety

The All-New KONA features the latest active safety features, to comply with the highest European safety standards: Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist (standard), High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Alert (standard), Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection

The All-New KONA is fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, an advanced active safety feature that alerts drivers to emergency situations, braking autonomously if required. Using front radar and camera sensors, AEB operates in three stages. Initially warning the driver visually and acoustically, it controls the brake according to the collision danger stage, and applies maximum braking force to avoid a collision or minimise damage when a collision is unavoidable. The system is activated when a vehicle or pedestrian is sensed in front of the car, operating at speeds of 8 km/h or above.

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) (standard)

The Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) alerts the driver in unsafe movements at over 60 km/h by sensing the car’s position. It sounds an alarm before the car moves over white, grey and blue lines as well as Bott’s dots on the road, and warns the driver acoustically and visually before inducing corrective steering to guide the driver back to a safe position.

High Beam Assist (HBA)

When switched to automatic mode, High Beam Assist (HBA) detects both oncoming vehicles and vehicles in the same lane ahead at night, and changes to low-beam as appropriate, reducing blinding effects on other drivers. Whenever there are no vehicles detected, the system automatically reactivates the high beams,

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Driver Attention Alert (DAA) (standard)

Driver Attention Alert (DAA) raises safety and convenience to an entirely new level by continuously monitoring and analyzing driving patterns through data inputs such as the steering angle, steering torque and vehicle position in the traffic lane. When a pattern of fatigue/distraction is identified, DAA gets the driver’s attention with an audible alert and pop-up message suggesting a break.

Blind Spot Detection (BSD)

Also using radar, the Blind Spot Detection (BSD) monitors the rear corners and, if another vehicle is detected, a visual alert appears on the exterior mirrors. If the driver then activates the indicators, an audible signal is emitted. This also applies to lane change situations in which a vehicle is detected.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)

Using the rear corner radar, the Rear Cross Traffic Collision Alert (RCTA) reduces the risk of collision with approaching traffic when reversing out of narrow areas with low visibility. Using radar to scan a 180-degree area behind the vehicle for approaching cross-traffic, RCTA alerts the driver visually and audibly.

Highest Passive Safety

The All-New KONA benefits from superior rigidity through the application of high strength steel, high impact energy absorption and minimised distortion in order to protect passengers in the event of a collision.

Thanks to an enlarged area for the appliance of hot stamping and a ring-shaped cabin shell structure with ultra-high-strength steel, the safety zone has been enlarged for top crashworthiness. The multiload-pass structure of the cabin disperses energy in the event of a collision in various directions and reduces the impact.

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Around the interior of the Kona a total of six airbags are installed. - two front airbags, two side airbags and two curtain airbags from first to second row protecting both driver and passengers.

* Preliminary target fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions, subject to homologation.

**Lifetime MapCare™ is the commercial term for Hyundai’s subscription to the MapCare™ programme with which annual map updates are assured for the eligible Hyundai vehicles for a minimum period of ten years after the model’s end of production.

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