Motorists in the United Kingdom who intend to purchase the new 2018 Hyundai Kona subcompact sports utility vehicle could start placing their orders on November 2, 2017.
Marked by Hyundai to target new customers and lure those preferring the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, the new Hyundai Kona is slated to follow its cousin – the Kia Stonic compact SUV – into showrooms in the UK in the next few weeks. It will be available in the UK in five trims, with each higher trim more or less building on their respective lower trim. Two engines are available, although the higher-end mill is reserved for the top-end model of the Kona.
Lurking at the bottom of the range is the Hyundai Kona S – the base trim – with a starting price of £16,195 ($21,514). It is powered by a compact turbocharged 1.0-liter T-GDi petrol engine that could deliver 120 PS (118 hp) of max output and 172 Nm of peak torque. Returning emissions of as low as 117 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, this highly efficient small capacity engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
The new Kona S features automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, a rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light as well as cruise control with speed limiter, air-con with rear air vents and electrically adjustable heated side mirrors. Riding on 16-inch alloy wheels, the Konda S features a five-inch LCD center console display, a multi-function steering wheel, six speakers, as well as a supervision instrument cluster with 3.5-inch screen. Also included are Driver Attention Alert, Downhill Brake Control, Hill Start Assist and Lane Keep Assist.
Up next is the Hyundai Kona SE, with a price that is around £1,300 ($1,727) higher than the Kona S at £17,495. Powered by the same 1.0-liter T-GDi petrol engine, the Kona SE builds on the features of the Kona but adds a number of premium features like a larger seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, roof rails, electric driver's seat lumbar support as well as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, reversing camera and rear parking sensors. Kona SE rides on 17-inch alloy wheels.
On the other hand, the Hyundai Kona Premium – at a starting price of £18,795 ($24,968) – offers automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, chrome grim, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, rear privacy glass as well as silver rear skid plate and side body moldings. It also features Krell premium audio system, a wireless phone charging pad, and keyless entry&go. Riding on 18-inch alloy wheels, the Kona Premium trim also comes loaded with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment display with sat nav.
Sitting just below the range-topper is the Kona Premium SE, which is available starting at £21,195 ($28,156). Building on the Kona Premium model, the Premium SE trim brings in heated steering wheel, leather seat facings as well as electrically adjustable front seats with heating and ventilation. Also riding on 18-inch alloy wheels, the Kona Premium SE is loaded with autonomous emergency braking, blind spot detection and front parking sensors, as well as a head-up display and power folding mirrors, rear center armrest and power folding side mirrors.
Topping the range is the Kona Premium GT, with a starting price of £24,440 ($32,467). Unlike the lower four trims, the Kona Premium GT is powered by a 1.6-liter T-GDi T-GDi petrol engine mated to a seven-speed DCT transmission. Tuned to deliver 177 PS (175 hp) of peak output and 265 Nm of max torque, this downsized 1.6-liter T-GDi four-cylinder turbo delivers 177 PS and 265 Nm of torque to all four wheels, allowing the Kona Premium GT to sprint from zero to 62 mph in under eight seconds. This trim level adds LED headlights with high beam assist, LED rear lights as well as supervision instrument cluster with 4.2-inch display. It is provided with the Safety Pack with Autonomous Emergency Braking as well as pedestrian recognition.