2018 Hyundai Kona 4WD Test Drive, Interior, & Design – Video
The All-New Kona’s front is expressive and powerful, adopting Hyundai Motor’s new family identity, the Cascading Grille. New twin headlamps enhance the visual impact, with the LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. The separated lights at the front deliver a confident, progressive appearance with sleek, sharp shapes. A bold front and rear are emphasised by the car’s wide stance and its voluminous, confident body styling. The Kona’s two-tone roof and the choice of ten distinctive exterior colours offer many individual combinations for almost every individual style. The 18-inch alloy wheels add to the bold character of the car and are among the biggest in segment.
The interior is characterised by smooth, contoured surfaces on top of the instrument panel that give it a sensuous and refined feel while dark painted parts represent the technological and rugged character. This is complemented by generous roominess and visibility. A choice between different-accent colours and matching coloured stitching on the seats and steering wheel show the refinement and attention to detail that went into the development of the sophisticated interior. The Kona is the only car in the segment, where the interior accent colour continues on the seat belts.
Right from the start, the Kona offers the choice between two turbocharged, small-displacement petrol powertrains with high low-end torque and excellent fuel efficiency: a 1.0-litre T-GDI with a 6-speed manual transmission (MT) and 120 PS (88 kW) (fuel consumption combined: 5.4-5.2 l/100 km; CO2 combined: 125-117 g/km*) as standard and a high-power 1.6-litre T-GDI with 177 PS (130 kW) and Hyundai’s self-developed 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT) and four-wheel drive (fuel consumption combined: 6.7 l/100 km; CO2 combined: 153 g/km*). The optional four-wheel drive of the Kona supports drivers in all kinds of driving situations with up to 50% torque at the rear wheels, e.g. on snow, gravel and of course on regular road surfaces. All Kona featuring four-wheel drive are coming with a multi-link rear axle. To meet the expectations of performance-orientated customers, the suspension enhances stability in cornering. In the summer of 2018 Hyundai will be launching its next generation of efficient 1.6-litre diesel powertrains for the Kona, also available with 6-Speed MT or Hyundai’s efficient, direct-responding 7DCT, with optional four-wheel-drive.
The completely new developed platform of the Kona enables the optional four-wheel drive and makes the Kona capable for an electric powertrain with an optimised underfloor design. It also facilitates a high level of driving dynamics supported by exceptional body stiffness and lightness.