Another day, another compact SUV. What was once a niche has developed into a full-blown class of its own with just about every brand joining the party. The Hyundai Kona is the latest.
It squares up to the Kia Stonic, Citroen C3 Aircross and Nissan Juke to name but a few.
The Kona’s distinctive design incorporates rugged plastic cladding teamed with a wide chromed grille will help it stand out on the school run. As will the vast array of two-tone body colours you can option. There are 10 bold colours to choose from ranging from Acid Yellow to Tangerine Comet.
Those funky colours continue inside where matching interior trim adds character. If you like your gadgets, you might want to option a few creature comforts like an 8-inch touchscreen or the heated and cooled seats (don't try it at the same time, you might explode). A new head-up display is a first for Hyundai.
Hyundais of late always boast impressive standard safety kit and the Kona is no different. Autonomous Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert, High Beam Assist, and Lane Keeping Assist, comes with every car.
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At first the Kona will be available with two petrol engines; a 1-litre kicks things off with 118bhp, joined by a 1.6-litre T-GDI engine that produces 175bhp. A pair of 1.6-litre diesel engines will join the range later in 113bhp and 131bhp guises. An electric Kona is also expected to be offered in the near future.
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Many of these baby SUVs are all show and no go, but the Kona backs up its looks with the option of all-wheel drive. It might not be ready to cross the Sahara Desert, but some added reassurance when the weather turns nasty is never a bad thing.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect the Hyundai Kona to cost around £15,000. It hits the road this November.