Hyundai’s stunning subcompact crossover SUV debuted in June 2017 and launched in South Africa in 2019. The Kona is positioned between the Venue and the Tucson in the Hyundai crossover SUV line-up.

The powerful and sleek lines of the Kona grab attention wherever you go. The design is best described as modern and robust – a unique new look for the South Korean marque. Then came the game-changing Kona N

Hyundai Kona N Frontview

Hyundai Motor Company unveiled the all-new KONA N at their first-ever Hyundai N Day on 27 April 2021. The day was a digital showcase for Hyundai’s high-performance N Brand. All Hyundai N models are designed at Hyundai’s European Design Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The engineering and final development take place at Hyundai’s global research and development centre in Namyang, Korea.

Hyundai’s Prestigious N Badge

KONA N is the first N model with an SUV body. It boasts a powerful combination of versatility, spirited acceleration, agility and racetrack capability.   The Kona N is distinguished by its bold N logo and a dark chrome-colour Hyundai logo on the grille. At the side and rear, a front lip spoiler, double-wing rear spoiler and side sill moulding offer added downforce, improving grip force and high-speed stability. Exclusive to the N range is the triangular third brake light which adds to the car’s dynamic look. 

Hyundai Kona N Sideview

Take a Peek Inside

The interior also gives hints of the exclusivity of the N range with seats, steering wheel, gear knob and hand brake tinted with Performance Blue accompanied by suede seats with side bolsters. An N-dedicated colour – Sonic Blue – was added and N Grin Shift, N Power Shift, N Track Sense Shift and Variable Exhaust Valve System come as standard in this prestige model. 

Sporty Looks

The Kona N adapted the standard Kona’s profile by adding a double-wing spoiler, bigger exhaust pipe and front air intakes. What was plastic cladding in the base model Kona is body coloured in Kona N, emphasising the wide exterior. The gorgeous 19” alloy wheels and eye-catching LED lighting technology complete the hot new look.  
The Kona N is not just about aesthetics; it boasts a modified version of Hyundai’s 2.0L turbo GDI four-cylinder engine featuring flat power that maintains maximum output from about 5,500 rpm. The engine is capable of output up to 206 kW and the maximum torque is about 392 NM. 

Luxury at Every Point 

Its convenient features include hassle-free keyless entry, seamless Infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and ESP and engine control intervention. 

At its launch, the media reaction was piping hot. German automotive magazine Auto Motor und Sport said “Hyundai has managed to raise the driving experience of the i30 N to a higher level,” and went on to say that the model outperforms its rivals, despite a lower purchase cost: “… the driving pleasure is far greater than that of the all-wheel-drive competition…”