Hyundai has released pictures of its new Kona SUV, with exciting styling that’s sure to set the neighbours’ tongues wagging when it’s parked on the driveway.
Channelling a little of everything from the Range Rover Evoque and Renault Kadjar to the Pontiac Aztec and the latest model from Jeep, the Kona is a little injection of fun into the Hyundai range.
The new car comes with a two-tone roof and a choice of 10 ‘distinctive’ exterior colours, which make for a variety of possible combinations, helping ensure each Kona stands out. With names like Acid Yellow, Tangerine Comet and Blue Lagoon you’d imagine they must do.
The individuality of each car seeps through to the interior, with accent lighting and colour panels available in different colour combinations. An optional floating 8-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard rounds things off nicely. Comfort is important in the Kona – electrically adjustable seats are available, as well as being heated and ventilated. You won’t want to go back in the house.
There’s full mobile connectivity inside the car, as well as the opportunity for passengers to get in on the action and hook their phones up to the sound system. A head-up display for the driver is a first for Hyundai.
There’s plenty of safety technology available, including braking assistance and warning systems that look out for pedestrians and passing cars. LED headlights also come as standard across the Kona range.
Hyundai makes great pains to point out that the Kona is not merely a soft road-going SUV, but is available with four-wheel drive for those more rough and ready excursions. Car-boot sales, for instance. Which, incidentally, the Kona would be perfect for, but only if you put the seats down. 361 litres of space in the boot isn’t particularly capacious, but this expands to a slightly better 1,143 litres with the seats tipped over.
From launch, the Kona will be available with two petrol engines: a 1.0-litre GDI engine with six-speed manual transmission and 120hp that manages 53mpg, and a 1.6-litre T-GDI engine that produces 177hp and is matched with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to make 39mpg.
From summer 2018 the Kona will be available with Hyundai’s latest generation of 1.6-litre diesel motor, with two states of tune to choose from and manual or automatic transmissions on hand.
The Kona goes on sale from November, and is expected to cost from around £15,000.