New head-up display for Kona
Inside the new Kona, exterior colour highlights are carried through to areas such as the seat stitching and transmission surround and air vents.
But what will really please SME business drivers is that availability of a head-up display that provides information such as sat nav directions and speed directly in your line of vision. It’s a first for Hyundai in this sector.
There’s also a high level of connectivity for smart devices such as your phone.
An optional eight-inch infotainment system integrates all navigation, media and connectivity features, with support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system comes with a seven-year free subscription to LIVE Services, offering updated information in real time: weather, traffic, speed cameras and online searches for points of interest.
If you don’t fancy that, then there’s the standard Display Audio: passengers have the option of switching their smartphone’s content on to the system’s seven-inch display via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With this function you can use your phone’s built-in navigation, make phone calls, dictate messages or listen to your favourite music.
There’s also an extensive list of safety features on the new Kona, including:
- Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection;
- Blind Spot Detection;
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert;
- Lane Keeping Assist;
- Driver Attention Alert (monitors driver performance and suggests a break if erratic behaviour is detected);
- Static Bending Light (lights swivel to follow the bends in the road for better night illumination); and
- Smart High Beam (in auto mode it will detect oncoming traffic and switch to low beam).
Tony Whitehorn, chief executive of Hyundai, commented:
“Business car drivers are driven by brand and personality – they act very much like user choosers. But the interesting thing in this B segment is that brand isn’t the driver. What people buy is a Captur or a Juke, they don’t buy a Renault or a Nissan.
“Because in this sector of the market it is much more about character. That’s why you’ll see it referred to as Kona by Hyundai. Interestingly, this B SUV sector is an area where premium brands really do not feature.”
- New compact SUV from Hyundai
- Widens Hyundai SUV family to three
- Kona joins Tucson and Santa Fe in line up
- Choice of two- and four-wheel drive
- Prices starting from sub £16,000
- Petrol, diesel and EV options
- On sale from November
A BIT like the Goldilocks fairy tale, there are now three bowls of porridge at the Hyundai SUV table: Santa Fe (daddy bear); Tucson (mummy bear); and now Kona (baby bear).
Except there is nothing twee about this new Kona.
Kona is Hyundai’s new compact SUV. Or to give you the motoring parlance ‘B SUV’ – because it trips off the tongue nicely – with B referring to the segment Kona sits in.
To you and me, that means Kona now lines up on your business car choice list against the likes of the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur.
And what a complex, aggressive-looking car this new Kona is, with its full LED twin headlamps, contrasting roof colour, and black plastic off-road protection strips that hug the wheel arch bulges and wrap around the rear lights.
As Hyundai’s design director Peter Schreyer said at the car’s European reveal: “Kona is like a strong espresso – the car has the same effect on me.”
November launch for Kona
Expect to sup on a Kona espresso from November in the UK with prices starting below £16,000 with the availability of both two- and four-wheel drive options.
To start with you will be able to choose from:
- a 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol with a 6-speed manual transmission and 120 PS with CO2 of 119 g/km and two-wheel drive; and
- a high-power 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol with 177 PS and Hyundai’s self-developed 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT) auto with four-wheel drive and CO2 of 169 g/km (so possibly not your top choice for a company car)
In 2018 Hyundai will introduce a diesel engine more suited to longer distance company car drivers. The new diesel engine will be available with two power outputs: 115PS and 136PS.
This is a newly developed diesel with lower CO2 emissions and improved mpg.
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And for those who like the idea of an electric vehicle, there will also be a zero emission option Kona EV.