Hyundai creeps with Kona to premium segment

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The B-segment is flooded with crossovers. Hyundai is now part and calls the new Kona a SUV. We were present at the Dutch persintroductie and reason with the 177 hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder version that can only be used in combination with an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive is available.

With the Kona stores Hyundai to own say a completely new way in under the heading of ‘new Hyundai’. The South Korean brand fog image and wants to be distinctive and begeerlijker. They are already begun, by taking part in the World Rally Championship and R5 with the i20 and the TCR toerwagen championship with the i30. Now is the time to their product range.

Distinctive

The body of the Kona is at the wheels surrounded by plastic edges on the fenders that run to the fog lights and behind around the turn signals, reversing lamps and fog lamps fold. Along with the hefty grille, eccentric lines from front to back and the flat headlights, the Kona is actually distinctive call. Though it seems to be the Kona in the distance is what concerns me a bit on the Mazda CX-3. May point Hyundai is considering the starting price of 22 thousand euro, also there’s a little.

Hyundai calls it a car for people who have a small car with the space and luxury of a higher segment. Although it is a B-segmenter is, the looks of the car as a step bigger. Also inside the SUV as Hyundai calls him – over. To achieve this, the trunk space is somewhat limited, though you can still 361 litres of luggage.

The interior of the Kona looks good. There is a lot of attention to ergonomics, materials and colours. Just like its direct competitors such as the Kia Stonic and Renault Captur, you can also use the Kona to your heart’s content to personalize in all kinds of interior and exterior variations. The chairs sit well and the rear of the car is quite a lot of space.

Premium

That I have the Kona with the Mazda CX-3 compare, not only because of its price and appearance. Once you’re in the Hyundai walking and driving, he feels like this solid Japanese. The frame is solid, but a good compromise between comfortable and sporty. These achievements are partly due to the four-wheel drive. The 1.6-litre, which is, therefore, purely with automatic transmission and 4WD is available, depends, however, have a price tag from 34.995 euros.

Hyundai positions itself with the Kona visible in the premium segment. That also explains its starting price of 22 thousand euros for the 1.0-litre version. Or the Kona that is worth the money, you decide for yourself. In any case, it beats the Hyundai qualitatively and physically. He sends tightly, is located as a block on the road, and switch seamlessly. He gives you immediately the feeling of being in a good and solid car to drive.

In addition to the 1.6-litres, there’s also a 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 120 horsepower. According to Hyundai there still a diesel, an electric, and maybe even a model year 1.4-litre automatic gearbox can be.

Conclusion

Hyundai does not say so explicitly, but creeps with the Kona towards the premium segment. This means that your wallet open a little will have to. For this you get, however, quality and a well-performing car. In addition to Hyundai’s standard five-year warranty. Or all this, however, will be enough for many motorists to have in a Hyundai, but time will tell.

Information

Brand: Hyundai
Model: Kona
Type: 1.6 T-GDi Premium 7DCT AWD
Fuel: Gasoline
Engine capacity: 1.591 cc four-cylinder
Power: 177 pk
Torque: 265 Nm
Top speed: 205 km/h
0-100: 7,9 seconds
Gearbox: 7 v., dual-clutch automatic transmission
Weight: 1.401 kg
Price from: 21.995,- euro (1.0 T-GDI i-Drive 6MT)
Price driven model: 38.495,- euro (1.6 T-GDi Premium 7DCT AWD from 34.995)