The Hyundai Kona is one of the Korean brand's most popular cars, making up almost one in every four cars it sold in 2020. Its popularity hasn't changed in 2021 either, with the updated Kona now presenting more features, a revised look, and other improvements.
This competes directly with other vehicles we have in the Experience Centre and is best compared with the Kia Stonic, Nissan Juke, Volkswagen T-Cross, and Renault Captur.
The Kona range starts from $26,600 before on-road costs for the base model, the one we have here is the Highlander variant that will set you back $38,000 before on-roads.
It's a bit of price jump, but the top-spec car is loaded with everything you'd need in a city-friendly SUV, including a 10.25-inch fully-digital and mildly-configurable instrument display, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear outboard seats and heated steering wheel, as well as LED headlights, front indicators and tail lights.
You also get a colour head-up display, front parking sensors, electrically-adjustable front seats (10-way for driver’s seat, eight-way for passenger seat), a sunroof, high-beam assist, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Kona buyers can choose between seven exterior paint colours for 2021 including Atlas White, Dark Night, Phantom Black, Surfy Blue, Dive in Jeju, Vivid Rouge, Ignite Flame and Pulse Red.
The standard Kona models are slightly longer, growing in length from 4165mm to 4205mm, while the N Line versions stretch to 4215mm thanks to the new body work.
As a result, there’s a marginal increase in boot space from 361 litres in the previous model to 374 litres for 2021. It’s still going to be tight for new parents and the kit they need to lug around.
That said, folding the rear seats has also seen a slight increase from 1143 litres to 1156 litres, while rear leg room has grown from 880mm to 893mm.
By way of comparison, the Kia Seltos gets 433 litres behind the rear seats, expanding to 1393 litres when folded flat. It’s a longer vehicle by some margin.
Purchase the 2021 Kona in Kona, Active, Elite or Highlander trim and you’ll get Hyundai’s SmartStream 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle naturally-aspirated petrol engine making 110kW of power and 180Nm of torque, driving the front wheels exclusively through a CVT automatic.
The updated SmartStream version of this engine returns a claimed 14 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency over with the previous iteration, returning 6.2L/100km on the combined cycle.
Choose either of the N Line versions and there’s a you get a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol producing 146kW (up from 130kW), and 265Nm.
Drive is sent to an on-demand all-wheel drive system via a seven-speed dual-clutch auto. The more powerful version claims fuel consumption of 6.9L/100km and CO2 emissions of 156g/km.
Like the look? Why not take one for a test drive today and see if its suits your needs.