The All-New Hyundai Kona – Driving Performance

- The All-New Kona features a line-up of downsized turbocharged engines to increase efficiency while boasting driving dynamics.

They offer the perfect choice for every lifestyle − whether customers want to drive up mountain roads or through downtown areas. The All-New Kona is a real SUV by offering customer the choice to opt for four-wheel drive and a smooth and efficient seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT).

New downsized 1.0 T-GDI and 1.6 T-GDI petrol engines

The in-house developed, downsized 1.6 T-GDI four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with a performance of 177 PS (130 kW) and 265 Nm torque handles the urban driving environment with ease and is not afraid of ventures into the countryside: 100 km/h are reached in only 7.9 seconds. The Kona comes equipped with Hyundai Motor’s newly developed, compact four-wheel drive and the smooth-shifting 7DCT.

Drivers seeking more economical mobility have the option of a downsized 1.0-liter T-GDI 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 120 PS (88 kW) and 172 Nm. A turbocharger with an electronically-controlled waste-gate actuator improves fuel efficiency by lowering pumping losses as well as improving throttle response and low-end torque. The unit features a six-hole GDI injector, pressured to a higher-than-average 200 bar, securing a clean combustion and improving fuel economy and emissions. The engine is offered with front-wheel drive and 6MT.

New U 1.6 diesel

Within a year of the launch, the Kona’s powertrain line-up will be further expanded with the addition of a newly developed, efficient 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine available with two power outputs: A regular 115 PS (85 kW) (preliminary) version with a 6MT and front-wheel drive. The high-power diesel version provides 136 PS (100 kW) (prelimanry) and powerful 320 Nm in combination with a 7DCT and the choice between four-wheel and front-wheel drive.

On-demand four-wheel drive

The optional four-wheel drive of the Kona offers customers a true SUV experience. It supports drivers in all kinds of driving situations with up to 50% torque distributed to the rear wheels. The on-demand system increases traction on snow, gravel and of course on regular road surfaces while enhancing cornering performance. To enable an easy start from difficult surfaces, the differential can be manually locked for a torque distribution of 50% up to a speed of 40 km/h.

The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission

Hyundai Motor introduced its first 7-speed dual-clutch transmission in 2015, combining the benefits of automated and manual transmissions. The 7DCT provides an improvement in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of up to 20% compared with a conventional six-gear automatic transmission, while acceleration performance was increased by up to 10%.

The 7DCT consists of two dry clutches and an actuator for each clutch. Engine power is transferred independently to the odd and even gear train so that the driver is always ready to shift to the next gear without any torque interruption. For optimised responsiveness, the electric motor-driven actuator is applied, while external shock absorbers improve the noise, vibration and harshness levels during driving. In combination with the 7-speed dual clutch transmission, the All-New Kona offers three drive modes: ECO, Normal and Sport. In sport mode there is a different shift pattern, with gears being held longer before shifting.

Ride and handling

The development engineers have designed the All-New Kona with a good balance between power and comfortable ride and handling qualities in addition to agility and nimbleness.

The Kona’s true SUV character is enhanced by a ground clearance of 170 mm. Its elevated seating position ensures better visibility for drivers and increases driving comfort. At the same time, the lowered interior floor and the optimised tunnel part of the SUV platform allow for a spacious interior which further adds to the Kona’s versatility.

The low, wide stance of the Kona not only catches the eye and ensures a strong appearance on the road, it also improves ride and handling capabilities – form follows function.

Great care has also gone into the development of the new suspension system. The McPherson strut in the front with its refined geometry delivers a refined body movement on rough roads for a comfortable ride that absorbs shocks before they reach the interior.

The coupled torsion beam axle in the rear of the two-wheel drive Kona is characterised by its ride comfort and sporty handling feel thanks to its high-stiffness torsion beam. The All-New Kona with four-wheel drive feature a multi-link rear suspension which helps to optimise ride and handling, maximising stability during accelerated cornering with the dual lower arm-type multi-link. The enhanced Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) delivers better responsiveness and comes with an increased gear ratio of 58 mm/rev, enabling quicker steering action by reducing steering wheels turns. Advanced Traction Cornering Control for four-wheel drive directs understeering and improves the vehicle’s agility and stability by controlling both traction and damping while accelerating in curved sections.

Strong, lightweight body

Hyundai Motor is the only car manufacturer to make its own steel for the global production of its vehicles, with benefits for the All-New Kona, which features a strong, light body that enhances the dynamic performance and increases passive passenger safety. 51 percent ultra-high-strength steel included in the Kona ensures highest torsional rigidity and class-leading body efficiency while the broad appliance of hot stamping and 115 m of structural adhesive improve stiffness while reducing weight.

Despite the compact exterior, the safety zone of the Kona’s body structure has been maximised and further improved by a ring-shaped cabin structure that disperses crush energy in various directions in the event of a collision and reduces the impact for passengers. The multi-load pass structure also disperses crush energy and works towards the goal of achieving optimal passive safety.

The Kona has been developed with a completely new platform. This enables not only four wheel drive and an optimised underfloor design, but also full EV capability. This makes the Kona the first pure-electric SUV, that will be coming next year.

* Based on NEDC Test Cycle. Fuel Consumption and emission values vary depending on tyre size and transmission type.