When the Hyundai Kona first came into Mzansi back in 2018, it was something different from the Koreans and set itself apart from everything else in the crossover segment, purely from a styling perspective. Its design was futuristic and you either liked it or you didn’t. Now 3 years into its stint here, a revised Kona has been born and the recipe hasn’t changed much.
It still looks like some sort of celestial vehicle thanks to its slim and horizontal LED daytime running lights. Overall, the new car still looks futuristic and has a masculine edge to it especially in the new sporty N variant, which we’ll talk about in a moment.
As you’ve probably figured by now, Hyundai’s N Line is their sports division when it comes to their cars, much like the AMG’s of this world. We saw the letter N in full manifestation when we drove the steel balled Hyundai i30 N. The Hyundai Kona N Line looks more athletic than the standard Kona, thanks to a sporty body kit which includes colour coded wheel arch cladding, a front lip in place of the skid plate and a diffuser at the rear. For running gear, this variant uses a set of 18-inch alloys on all four corners.
When creating the N Line package, Hyundai made sure to sprinkle some of that magic into the interior of the car. Vehicles with this treatment enjoy a single-tone black leather interior with red piping and stitching on the seats. The N Logo is added to the gear selector and seats as a constant reminder of which variant you’re in. Still looking at the Kona’s interior, you’ll find a second USB port at the rear for backseat passengers, while the front features an 8-inch display screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A wireless charging pad is also available for those with compatible devices. Other features exclusive to the Kona N Line include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot collision avoidance assist and lane keep assist. These features are all designed to keep you safely within your lane, by either maintaining a safe following distance with the vehicle ahead of you or preventing you from straying into the next lane whether or not a vehicle is present. These are just some of the features in this top variant. Other variants will benefit from Downhill Brake Control and Hill-start Assist to name a few.
Hyundai Kona engine specs
Hyundai has made the Kona available with two engine options, the first is a 1.6 TGDi petrol turbo engine available with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. This powerplant is said to produce 148 kW and 265 Nm., while the 2.0 naturally aspirated engine on offer is good for 110 kW and 179 Nm with an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)
Hyundai Kona price
Kona 2.0 Nu Executive (auto) R449 900
Kona 1.6 T-GDi Executive DCT R499 900
Kona 1.6 T-GDi N-Line DCT R579 900