Shown first in June 2017 as a concept, the Kona is Hyundai’s smallest crossover yet. Designed in keeping with young car buyers’ preferences, the Kona is named after the idyllic west-coast region of the big island of Hawaii. If you ask us, it looks really funky and thoroughly modern and the best part is that Hyundai plans to bring the Kona to India in the future. Here’s how it looks like from all angles.
At the front, the Kona has Hyundai's new family identity, the cascading grille, featuring a mesh pattern, flanked by flared wheel arches and a separated-headlight design with DRLs.
A contrasting black trim on the side visually connects the front to the rear. As with the front LED arrangement, the slim brake lights, turn indicators and reverse lamps are in a separate configuration.
All in all, a funky looking exterior with bits from the likes of the Elite i20, Tucson as well as the Santa Fe make up the exterior of the Kona.
In comparison to the funky exterior, the cabin is styled a bit conservatively, with a majority of it mostly done in a black shade with body colour inserts for the AC vents and the gear lever.
The audio/navigation display incorporates all the expected infotainment features and the standard floating 7-inch touchscreen includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability.
The US-spec Kona can be had with either a 2-litre or a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The former is paired with a 6-speed AT while the 1.6-litre unit is only offered with a 7-speed DCT.
The Kona is available in both front and all-wheel drive configurations. Besides the high ground clearance and all-wheel drive, the car gets chunky 235/45 section 18-inch wheels.
In terms of safety features, there are active safety equipment like forward collision avoidance system, lane keep assist and driver attention warning. There’s also a blind spot collision warning system.
The Hyundai Kona competes against the likes of the Jeep Renegade, Nissan Juke and the Toyota C-HR in the US. Here in the Indian market, it will compete against cars like the Ford EcoSport and the Maruti Brezza.