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Hyundai Kona

The independent definitive Hyundai Kona video review
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    KING KONE (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    Hyundai's Kona gets a wide-ranging package of updates to make it even more difficult to ignore in the small SUV segment. Jonathan Crouch reports

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 61

    'You drive it. You define it.' That's how Hyundai wants us to view this car, their small Kona SUV, here usefully improved. If you like cars of this kind, you're probably going to like this one because it ticks all the usual boxes in terms of style and fashionability. There's more though, to this little Crossover than initially meets the eye...

    Backgroundword count: 168

    Every mainstream brand you can think of is investing in SUVs these days. But delve into the detail and you'll find that some are taking this segment more seriously than others. Hyundai is a manufacturer who knows just what a difference a car of this kind can make and their Kona is a product designed precisely for the needs of buyers in the fastest-growing part of this sector - that for smaller 'B'-segment supermini-derived designs. It was first launched in 2017 and 228,000 sales were registered in its first three years on sale prior to the launch of the revised version we look at here. By the Autumn of 2020 when this updated model arrived, the Kona range had been usefully expanded with Hybrid and full-Electric variants. With mild hybrid tech also added to the mix as part of this facelift, Hyundai can now offer a wider range of powertrain options to customers than most of its rivals. And a much improved showroom propostion. Let's take a look.

    Driving Experienceword count: 202

    The key news here is the adoption of Hyundai's latest 48-volt mild hybrid technology which features on the most affordable 1.0 T-Gdi 120PS petrol unit that most Kona customers choose. If you want a little more in terms of electrification, the Kona continues to be offered in front driven full-Hybrid form, where you get a 1.6-litre petrol unit with a 105PS power output, electrified assistance and a 7-speed dual clutch auto transmission. There's also a fully battery-powered all-electric version, available in either a base 39kWh/135PS form or an uprated 64kWh/204PS guise. Hyundai claims a driving range of up to 278 miles for the 64kWh variant. The other variant on offer is the top Kona N which uses a more conventional 2.0-litre turbo T-Gdi petrol unit. Advanced multi-link rear suspension only features on the top full-Electric and N models. Otherwise, you get the kind of cheaper torsion beam rear set-up that features on less advanced rivals, though Hyundai says it's re-tuned it in order to improve driving comfort, modifying the stabilizer bars and the rear bump stop, bringing benefits for primary ride and lateral body control. As before, there's also an 'Advanced Traction Cornering Control' package to improve traction and damping in bends.

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    Max

    Price:

    £21,265.00 (At 20 Oct 2021)

    £26,165.00 (At 20 Oct 2021)

    Insurance group 1-50:

    13

    18

    CO2 (g/km):

    189

    Max Speed (mph):

    127 (1.6 T-GDI)

    0-62 mph (s):

    7.9 (1.6 T-GDI)

    Combined Mpg:

    50.4 (1.0 T-GDI)

    Length (mm):

    4165

    Width (mm):

    1800

    Height (mm):

    1565

    Boot Capacity (l):

    361

    1143

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Crossover or SUV 4x4s

    Performance
    70%
    Handling
    70%
    Comfort
    70%
    Space
    80%
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