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Hyundai’s first compact SUV hits the streets

Posted on: October 2, 2017 by Tim McClare

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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.

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