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Hyundai Kona SUV 2018: data, information, prices, market launch

New Hyundai Kona (2018) in the driving report
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Hyundai would like to become the leading Asian carmaker in Europe by 2021 and is maintaining its model portfolio in line with these ambitions Oh. SUVs are booming and the Koreans are currently participating in the trend with the Grand Santa Fe, Santa Fe and Tucson models.

Driving report Hyundai Kona

We drove both petrol engines: the 3-cylinder with 120 hp and the 4-cylinder with 177 hp.

We drove both petrol variants that are ready for market launch. Hyundai calculates for the four-cylinder with 177 hp with around 30 percent of sales in Germany, although it has an above-average motorization for this vehicle class and the forced combination with all-wheel drive and dual clutch transmission drives the price up further. But apart from that, it goes well with the 1.4-ton SUV, pushes it vigorously and usually stays discreetly in the background with its sewing machine-like running noise. This also applies to the functioning of the dual clutch transmission, which changes the seven gears inconspicuously and precisely - at least as long as you use the Kona doesn't have winding roadsShoo mountain roads. This is where some paddle shifters on the steering wheel want, because by switching to sport mode, the transmission keeps the individual gears longer, but the gear changes still rarely happen at the right time. However, Hyundai does not offer shift paddles, so all that remains is to switch the selector lever to the manual shift gate.

Agile chassis, good comfort

The Kona drives agile through curves and bounces easily.

The fact that the wish arises at all is also due to the overall coordination of the Kona. It feels agile and handy, and with the steering that is sufficiently feedback-friendly, it can be driven purposefully through curves. Strong understeer or a significant lateral inclination are just as foreign to him as surprising reactions when suddenly releasing the accelerator, the driver has more to struggle with supporting himself with his knees on the door and center console because the seat offers little lateral support in contrast to the backrest. Does the suspension comfort fall short with this design? Not at all, in spite of the 18-inch tires, the Kona does not annoy its occupants with annoying bumps or powerful undercarriage rumbles.

This is how the 3-cylinder drives with 120 hp

That doesn't change if you switch to the weaker three-cylinder version with 120 hp. With it, the Kona is almost 150 kilograms lighter, although the engine is not solely responsible for the lower weight, as the small petrol variant also dispenses with all-wheel drive and dual clutch transmission. Subjectively, he is not lacking in temperament either, although the factory specifications for acceleration (12.0 instead of 7.9 seconds for 0 to 100 km /h) and top speed (181 instead of 205 km /h) speak a different language. Be that as it may, the three-cylinder always reveals itself to be acoustically recognizable as such, drums happily and is committed from 2000 rpm, the gear changes with the six-speed gearshift are no effort. It's just a shame that neither automatic dual clutch nor all-wheel drive are not available for an extra charge - then probably more than the targeted 70 percent should opt for this engine.

Hyundai Kona Sitzprobe

As funky as the Kona looks from the outside, the interior is so reserved: it is mostly black and has a very conventional structure. In this way, the digital displays behind the steering wheel do not merge into a large virtual cockpit, but instead display the speedometer, rev counter, fuel gauge and on-board computer as standard.

The optionally available eight-inch touchscreen is attached to the dashboard so that the The driver has a good view of him, but the angle of view is not too restricted.

The optional black leather seats are comfortable, but offer little lateral support, and the steering wheel sits comfortably in the hand thanks to the nubbed leather. If you want a little more color in the interior, you can order the Kona with decorative strips and seams in red, lime or orange for an extra charge. Nice detail: The belts are then also supplied in the corresponding color.

The center console offers clever storage space for house keys, smartphones and the like - which can of course also be placed on the inductive charging surface if it was ordered .

There is a compartment for sunglasses above the rear-view mirror, and the front seats have practical nets on the back for additional storage space. Two average-sized passengers sit relatively comfortably in the rear, but when there are three it gets cozy.

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The rear bench seat can be divided 1/3 to 2/3.

The fold-out armrest also includes two cup holders, but there is no through-loading in the back seat. It can only be folded down in two parts and creates an almost level loading space that packs 1,143 liters.

New SUV for the B-segment

To also be included in the very small SUV models in the future To be part of the party, a new model for the B-segment will be added to the line-up - the new Kona, which is to be included in the small-car SUV. The Hyundai Kona comes to a length of 4.17 meters, is 1.80 meters wide and 1.55 meters high. The wheelbase is specified as 2.60 meters and the ground clearance as 17 cm. He's under his tailgatefive-seater Kona has a load space of 361 liters, which can be increased by folding down the rear seat. The new Hyundai Kona is expected to arrive in the 2018 model year - i.e. at the end of 2017.

In terms of design, the Kona relies on the typical cascade grille, which is flanked by slim LED headlights. The bonnet and flanks are strongly contoured. Front, stern, wheel arches and the flanks are covered with plastic. Underrun protection elements at the front and rear underline the robust look. At the rear, the slim taillights and a roof spoiler set accents. In general, the Kona uses two-tone paintwork with a contrasting roof - there are numerous color combinations to choose from. 18-inch alloy wheels turn in the wheel arches.

The Hyundai Kona also drives two-tone in the interior. Painted frames and contrasting stitching in the vehicle color join the black base tone. The central control element is a 7-inch monitor on the dashboard. Smartphones are integrated via Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The optional infotainment system also employs an 8-inch touchscreen. The center console offers an inductive charging cradle as well as USB and aux connections. In addition to the instrument cluster, the driver can also view various information in a head-up display. A high-end sound system is available for sound lovers.

Hyundai Kona with front-wheel and all-wheel drive and as an electric version

The technical platform for the SUV is not provided by the Hyundai i20, instead the model is based on its own platform. The engine range includes two petrol engines at market launch. The basic engine is a 1.0 turbo gasoline engine with three cylinders, 120 hp and 175 Nm torque. It is coupled to a manual six-speed gearbox and front-wheel drive. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine with 177 hp and 265 Nm torque is also available.

engines from 120 to 177 hp

The 7-speed dual clutch transmission is used here. The power is distributed to all four wheels as standard. In mid-2018, a new turbodiesel in two power levels will then be submitted. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder comes with 115 hp, 260 Nm, 6-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive and with 136 hp, 300 Nm, 7-speed dual clutch transmission and either front or all-wheel drive. A purely electric version of the Kona is also planned for 2018, with a range of around 500 kilometers.

The safety equipment of the Hyundai Kona includes an emergency brake assistant, a lane departure warning system, automatic high beam, drowsiness alarm, blind spots -Warner and a cross traffic warning in the back.

Prices from 17,500 euros

The name Kona is derived from a region in Hawaii, but it will roll to the hands in Portugal as Hyundai Kauai. Why? Read here . The entry-level Pure version of the Kona starts at 17,500 euros. The 4-cylinder with 177 hp, dual clutch transmission and all-wheel drive costs from 25,000 euros with the Trend equipment. This means that the four-cylinder costs 4,700 euros more than the 3-cylinder with front-wheel drive and 6-speed manual transmission.

Another Hyundai SUV below the Kona is coming

The brand wants to be by the end of 2021 Hyundai will bring 30 new models and derivatives to the market. 14 of these should have an alternative drive. Four purely electric models, five hybrids, five plug-in hybrids and an SUV with a fuel cell are currently planned. The entire Hyundai group, which also includes the Kia brand, plans to sell 31 different models with alternative drives within the next five years. Another city SUV is also planned, which will cover the A segment below the Kona.


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