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Hyundai’s first compact SUV hits the streets

Entering the market in October, the Hyundai Kona is the latest addition to the compact SUV market. Available in 10 exterior colours and boasting two-tone colour roof options, it’s set to make a big splash on the motoring scene.

Fresh, fast & funky

Going head to head with the perennially popular Mazda CX-3 and Mitsubishi ASX, the Kona is Hyundai’s first mainstream model to be sold without a diesel engine or manual transmission. Zooming from 0 – 100km/hr in 10 seconds, and with a top speed of 194 km/hr, it’s hoped the model will boost local sales by up to 10%.

Available in 3 trim levels, the entry level model is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with six speed transmission. Mid and top-spec models take it up a notch with a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine with a seven speed dual-clutch transmission. Making the jump from 0 – 100km/hr in just 7.7 seconds, it’ll enter the market as one of the quickest and most powerful options in its class.

Comfort & control

Thanks to four wheel disc brakes, 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels and local suspension tuning, the new model takes our notoriously tough road surfaces in its stride. With a ground clearance of 170mm, it’s not exactly built for rough off-roading but takes kerbs and speed bumps in its stride. With good head and leg room, a boot capacity of 361 litres and 60:40 split folding rear seats, there’s plenty of room for kids, bikes and the weekly shop.

Customised colour

With over 150 colour combinations for you to choose from, a two-tone roof and optional extras like tartan cloth trim and yellow windscreen wipers, the Kona isn’t shy about being seen. Throw in features like push-button ignition, heated seats, HUD display and an eight speaker audio system and you’ve got everything you need for a refined ride.

Pricing & specs

Prices are yet to be advised, but it’s expected the Kona will enter the $25,000 – $35,000 bracket. Buyers can also anticipate a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, along with a free 1500km service and 12 months roadside assistance.