Hyundai Kona: Top features
Globally launched in 2017, Hyundai Kona has been doing pretty well and riding the ongoing wave of popularity for compact SUVs in the international market. The SUV recently entered the highly competitive B-segment SUV arena in Malaysia as a fully-imported model, where it rivals against the likes of the much-beloved Proton X50 and other models like the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-30, and Subaru XV.
In Hyundai’s SUV lineup, the Kona is positioned alongside the Tucson and Santa Fe and it is based on a new compact SUV platform that appeals to young Malaysians. The automaker offers up to three different trims of the Kona, including two powertrain options mated with the different transmission systems.
The 2020 Hyundai Kona price starts at RM 115,888 (including sales tax exemption) and can go all the way to RM 143,888 for the full bells-and-whistles version. In this story, we list out the top features of this stylish compact SUV, have a look.
Unique and sporty design
The Korean SUV boasts a modern design with an expressive front end dominated by a massive cascading grille. Further, the combination of voluminous fenders, stylish edges, and sleek roofline lends it a unique and classy appearance. Other sporty elements such as a two-tone roof, integrated roof rack, and rear spoiler also highlight its individualistic appeal.
LED headlights and tail lights
The top-spec Kona equips a full LED headlamps system incorporating unique daytime running lights. It also features a Bi-function projection beam with static bending light for a safer drive. In the tail section, LED rear combination lamps add safety and style to the vehicle.
Comfy and spacious interior
Getting in, the Kona’s cabin offers an exceptional level of comfort with a touch of uniqueness, intelligently packed to maximize space. The strong horizontal character line helps in creating a spacious stance. It is decked up in premium materials all around, which gives a refined and sensuous feel to the users; buttons are ergonomically designed for enhanced user experience. There are coloured accents throughout the cabin including finely tailored contrast stitching on the seats and the steering wheel. Moreover, the SUV has best-in-class NVH management for noise reduction.
The 5 Seater Hyundai Kona has 361 litres of boot space before folding the 60:40 seats. And it comes with a one-touch rear seats folding mechanism that creates enough space for big suitcases, carry bags, furniture, or camping equipment inside the subcompact SUV.
Advanced infotainment system
The Kona’s functional dashboard features an advanced infotainment system that displays information on a freestanding 7-inch touchscreen. For connectivity, it is compatible with AUX, USB, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, which means Waze and Google Maps can be displayed on the main screen. It is paired with six speakers and a reverse camera with dynamic guides.
Digital cluster metre & Head-up display
While the 4.2-inch multi-info instrument cluster is standard across the range, the range-topping trim also gets a Head-Up Display system. It projects key safety, navigation, and audio information onto a transparent pop-up screen just ahead of the steering wheel. The projected image measures 8-inch and it is visible in all lighting conditions. When not in use, the display panel retracts into the dashboard.
Wireless charging system
The highest trim level buyers also get a wireless charging pad located on the center console. This allows them to charge their smartphone without using messy and unsightly cables.
Powering the top-spec Hyundai Kona is a 1.6 TGDi engine making 177 PS of maximum power at 5,500 rpm and 265 Nm of peak torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that allows the SUV to hit zero to 100 kmph mark in just 7.7 seconds before touching a top speed of 210 kmph. It is the fastest SUV in the class and out drags the Proton X50 1.5 TGDi version, which runs 100 kmph in 7.9 seconds.
Hyundai smart sense
Hyundai loaded this small SUV with the cutting edge driver-assistance system that performs the following functions:
- Blind- Spot Collision Warning
- Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Smart Cruise Control
- Forward Collision Warning and Avoidance Assist
- Driver Attention Warning
- High Beam Assist
In a nutshell, we can say that the Hyundai Kona has performance, style, sophistication, and comfort, which can let you behind its wheel for a test drive if looking for a new SUV.