The Kona is extremely attractive and the perfect crossover in my opinion. Being a finalist for COTY and highly specced with build-quality that matches cars that cost much more, should translate well into sales.
By RUBIN VAN NIEKERK
*Prices and Specs accurate at time of publishing
Our test unit was fitted with a 2-litre naturally aspirated engine with an automatic transmission, but I prefer the cutting edge 1-litre 3-cylinder turbo engine that punches way above its weight. Unique twin headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights ensure a highly identifiable front signature that departs from Hyundai’s cars that tend to be conservatively designed. Californian based, Daniel Kim, who was in charge of the very bold exterior design said that the slim, modern and high-tech daytime running lamps is something really striking that people notice all the time.
A floating 7-inch navigation touch screen is well positioned, and the infotainment system integrates navigation, media and connectivity features. Display audio allows passengers to mirror their smartphones content onto the system’s 7-inch display via Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
Generous headroom and legroom mean that 4 adults can fit comfortably. Ample boot space swallows four large suitcases and if you drop the seats the perfectly flat surface is sensible. The 2-litre is even fitted with a button that allows you to shift between Comfort, Eco or Sport modes. An enhanced Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) delivers more responsiveness and quicker steering due to reduced steering wheel turns. Generous ground clearance makes the Kona ideal to tackle terrible gravel roads. A 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating is impressive and elevates the Kona to the top levels of its segment. Beside a host of many other features it also offers Downhill Brake Control, Blind Spot Collision Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning. Curtain and side impact airbags add to the long list of safety features, which is a typical Hyundai trademark. Highly recommended for anybody who wants a perfect commuter that is spine friendly and can go just about anywhere.