The New Hyundai Kona

  • Hyundai expands the Kona’s powertrain line-up with a newly-developed and highly-efficient Smartstream 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine
  • Smartstream powertrain technology increases performance and improves real-world fuel consumption
  • he new Kona line-up builds on Hyundai Motor’s SUV credibility to enhance the brand’s appeal
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- The Hyundai Kona is now available with a powerful and efficient diesel engine, as well as new progressive design features.

Hyundai’s efficient Smartstream 1.6-litre diesel engine joins two petrol engine options in the updated Kona range, which retains the choice of five trim levels. Design updates to the Kona include a new shark fin antenna, which further enhances the car’s bold character.

The extension of the Kona’s powertrain line-up follows the launch of the new Kona Electric, which has set new benchmarks for zero-emission driving. To increase the efficiency of the standard Kona, while boosting its driving dynamics, Hyundai now offers Smartstream diesel powertrain technology to meet long-term CO2 emission goals.

The updates to the Kona range build on the strong foundations of our stylish subcompact SUV, aiming to further bolster Hyundai’s presence in this fiercely competitive segment. With the addition of our latest powertrain technology, the new Kona provides buyers with an even broader range of variants that share an exciting blend of style, efficiency and practicality. Couple this to the highest level of safety and driver assistance features, and we are certain that Kona will continue to impress both new and existing Hyundai buyers.

Tony WhitehornPresident and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK

Efficient and reliable: The powertrain line-up for the Kona

The Kona is now available with Hyundai’s newly developed Smartstream 1.6-litre diesel engine, alongside the efficient petrol options. The diesel engine is available with two power outputs.

The standard version generates 115 PS / 85 kW, comes with a 6-speed manual transmission (6MT) and is equipped with front-wheel drive. It offers combined fuel consumption up to 67.3 mpg and CO2 emissions from 111 g/km.

Customers who choose the high-power version benefit from a 136 PS / 100 kW engine with a substantial 320 Nm of torque, paired with the efficient 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT) and front-wheel drive. The high-power engine offers combined fuel consumption of 64.2 mpg and CO2 emissions of 114 g/km.

The Kona also offers two turbocharged, small-displacement petrol powertrains with high low-end torque. The economical 1.0-litre T-GDI three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with the 6MT provides 120 PS / 88kW and 172 Nm. The engine offers combined fuel consumption up to 51.4 mpg and CO2 emissions from just 124 g/km.

Alternatively, customers can choose Hyundai’s 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol engine, which is paired with the 7DCT and is equipped with four-wheel drive as standard. The engine, which delivers 177 PS / 130 kW and 265 Nm torque, handles every environment with ease. This engine offers combined fuel consumption of 40.4 mpg and CO2 emissions of 158 g/km.

The turbocharger of both petrol engines is equipped with an electronically-controlled wastegate actuator, which improves fuel efficiency by reducing pumping losses as well as improving throttle response and low-end torque. The unit features a six-hole GDI injector, pressurised to 200 bar, ensuring clean and efficient combustion.

All engines available for the Kona have been modified to meet the new Euro 6d-TEMP emission standards.

Smooth shifting 7-speed dual-clutch transmission

With the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, the development engineers targeted a balance between power and comfort. Hyundai’s in-house-developed 7DCT combines the benefits of manual and automatic transmissions. Furthermore, it improves fuel consumption and CO2 emissions up to 20 per cent compared to a conventional 6-speed automatic transmission. In combination with the 7DCT, the 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.

Engineered to impress on and off-road

The Kona’s four-wheel drive system, which is fitted on the 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol model, offers customers a true SUV experience. It supports drivers in all driving conditions, transferring up to 50 per cent of torque to the rear wheels when necessary. The system increases traction on snow and gravel, and also increases mechanical grip to enhance cornering performance on asphalt. To enhance grip on challenging road surfaces, the differential can be manually locked for a torque distribution of 50 per cent up to a speed of 40 km/h.

The enhanced Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) is more responsive than its predecessor system and comes with an increased gear ratio, enabling a quicker steering action with fewer turns of the steering wheel. Advanced Traction Cornering Control for four-wheel drive prevents understeer and improves vehicle agility and stability, by controlling both traction and damping while accelerating through a corner.

Agile, funky and progressive – the Hyundai Kona design

The Kona is cool and confident – a completely new character in Hyundai’s SUV line-up. Its front is expressive and powerful, characterised by the hallmark Hyundai Cascading Grille, the company’s family identity. The LED Daytime Running Lights positioned above the composite LED headlights give the car a sleek and confident appearance. Bold front and rear design is emphasised by the car’s wide stance and voluminous body styling, while 18-inch alloy wheels and the shark fin antenna – a new design feature for the Kona – further contribute to the confident appearance of the car. The Kona’s two-tone roof and choice of eight distinctive exterior colours offer dozens of individual colour combinations to suit every personality.

The interior design of the Kona reflects the exterior, featuring sleek, contoured surfaces on top of the instrument panel and contrasting dark painted sections that suggest a technological and rugged character. The Kona is available with three distinctive colours: Orange, Lime and Red. The colour accents are featured on the air vent and engine start button surrounds, around the gearshift, and on the stitching of the seats and steering wheel. These are set to corresponding exterior colours and available on Premium SE & Premium GT models.

The floating 8-inch navigation touchscreen – standard on Premium trim and above - is ergonomically positioned to allow drivers to concentrate on the road ahead at all times. Hyundai’s three-step ventilated and heated seats keep occupants cool in the summer months and warm in the winter months – while a heated steering wheel also offers further passenger comfort. These are available as standard on the Premium SE and Premium GT.

The Kona offers plenty of space for both passengers and luggage – the front-seat legroom of 1,054 mm and the 880 mm of space for passengers in the rear are both generous. With a luggage capacity of 334 litres (VDA) with the seats up, and 1,116 litres (VDA) with the seats down, the Kona is perfect for weekend escapes as well as longer trips.

High-end connectivity features

Hyundai’s Kona features a head-up display unit on Premium SE & Premium GT models which projects relevant driving information directly into the driver’s line of sight. The 8-inch infotainment system – standard on Premium and above -  integrates navigation, media and connectivity features, supporting both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Display Audio system, also allows passengers to mirror their smartphone’s content onto the system’s 7-inch display, while the optional wireless inductive-charging pad (Qi standard) can charge passengers’ smartphones. Additional connectivity is provided via USB ports and AUX jack inputs. Kona also offers a high-end, premium sound system by audio manufacturer Krell, featuring eight speakers including two 20 mm tweeters, four 160 mm woofer speakers, one 100 mm centre speaker and a 200 mm subwoofer speaker.

Safety first: SmartSense assistance systems and highest level of passive safety

The Kona cares about its passengers, featuring Hyundai SmartSense active safety and driving assistance systems comply with the highest European safety standards. The Hyundai Kona is one of the safest vehicles in the B-segment. The list of safety features available across the range includes Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition (AEB), Lane Keeping Assist (standard), High Beam Assist with Static Low Beam Assist, Driver Attention Alert (DAA) (standard), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

Hyundai is the only car manufacturer to make its own steel for the global production of its vehicles – with specific benefits for the Kona, which features a strong, light body with 51 per cent ultra-high-strength steel that enhances the dynamic performance and increases passive passenger safety.