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Hyundai KONA HATCHBACK 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]

Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
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Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]
Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT [Smart Sense Pk]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelHybrid
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph11.1 secs
  • Top Speed115 mph
  • C0299 g/km
  • BHP141
  • Torque196 lbs/f
  • P11D23%

Review

A little surprisingly, there aren't many full-hybrid small SUV crossovers on the market - just conventional models, mild hybrids and full-electric contenders. But Hyundai has noted the success that Toyota's C-HR has had in providing a full-hybrid option in this segment and in response, has used the engineering first seen in the Kia Niro to bring us this Kona Hybrid model.

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Hyundai's Kona Hybrid might just strike a sweet spot in the currently popular market for small SUVs, thinks Jonathan Crouch

Background

The Kona small SUV, named after the island of Hawaii's Kona district, has proved to be one of Hyundai's strongest-selling models. It was first launched in 2017 with a range of petrol and diesel engines, then a full-electric battery-powered EV version joined the range in 2018. A year later, the CRDi diesel powerplants in the line-up were replaced by the far more eco-conscious variant we're going to look at here, the Kona Hybrid, a petrol/electric derivative using much of the engineering already seen in the company's frugally-focused IONIQ model. We ought to clarify the terminology here. 'Hybrid' is a word bandied about quite a bit these days, but very often at present, it designates 'mild hybrid' technology, the sort of thing you get in this class for instance in a Ford Puma, which sees a normal combustion engine only very marginally electrified by a tiny battery positioned under the rear seat. Full-Hybrid engines are very different and, unlike mild hybrids, can switch to full-electrification in city motoring. Toyota's C-HR and Kia's Niro are the only other brands currently offering such a thing in the small SUV segment.

Driving Experience

The Kona Hybrid takes its drivetrain from the proven IONIQ Hybrid, using a Kappa 1.6 GDi Atkinson Cycle combustion engine working with a 1.56kWh battery and a 32kW motor to deliver a maximum hybrid system power of 141PS and 265Nm to the front wheels, via a 6 speed dual clutch transmission. That torque output isn't quite as much as was generated by the diesel version being replaced here, but it's not too far off. This model's little electric motor draws its energy from a lithium-ion polymer battery, but it's only 1.56kWh in size, so definitely not of the plug-in variety. As for performance, well 62mph from rest takes 11.6s en route to a 115mph maximum. This mildly electrified Kona model takes its more sophisticated multi-link rear suspension from the top variant in the petrol Kona range, the 1.6-litre 'Premium GT' derivative. And it can offer a towing capacity of up to 1300kg. On the move, you notice a somewhat rough, coarse note to the GDI petrol engine under harsh acceleration - it's one of Hyundai's older units. But lift off and refinement reigns supreme, perfectly complementing the light but accurate 'Motor Driven Power Steering' system that makes the car so easy to precisely place on the road, whether you're in town or threading your way at speed through corners on the open road. To improve traction and damping through those bends, there's also an 'Advanced Traction Cornering Control' package. Plus there's a 'Sport' mode to sharpen throttle response and give the steering a little more weight.

Design and Build

It's difficult to distinguish a Kona Hybrid from a conventional petrol model, but brand loyalists will perhaps note 16-inch wheels of a design bespoke to the hybrid model and the special 'Blue Drive' badging used on the wings and tailgate. Otherwise, the exterior looks are as with any other ordinary Kona SUV, so you get unusually-styled twin headlamps and a distinctive 'Cascading' front grille. Short rear overhangs and a low roofline add to the purposeful silhouette, plus contrasting exterior accents and standard-fit roof bars inject a bit of all-important SUV flavour. Move to the back and the styling flourishes come equally thick and fast. Your eye is drawn by the wrap-around cladding that houses the indicators and the reversing lights. And then perhaps by these slim high-set LED tail lamps. The neat roof spoiler incorporates an LED brake light, while lower down, a silvered skid plate-style panel is intended to add to the Crossover demeanour. Inside, there's a cabin distinguished in this hybrid model by white accents around the air vents and gear lever surround, as well as accompanying white stitching to the seats. The base 'SE' model gets a 7-inch centre-dash touchscreen but further up the range, that's replaced by a larger, more sophisticated 10.25-inch monitor. What about rear seat space? Well as it turns out, by the modest standards of the small SUV segment, it's not too bad in the back for the carriage of two folk, providing they're not especially lanky of leg. If they are, then compromises will be need to made by the front seat occupants in order to be able to accommodate them. The body shell is slightly wider than it would be in a conventional supermini, though not by enough to make the prospect of sharing the back seat with two other adults a particularly comfortable one, despite the relatively low centre transmission tunnel. Out back, there's a 361-litre boot that you can extend in size to 1,143-litres when the 60:40 split-folding rear backrest is flattened.

Market and Model

There are three Kona Hybrid trim levels - 'SE', 'Premium' and 'Premium SE', with pricing that from launch was pitched from around £22,500 to just over £27,000. To give you some perspective, that's just over £3,500 more than you'd pay for an equivalently specified Kona with the brand's more conventional 1.0 T-GDi 120PS petrol engine. You can't have that conventional model in 1.0-litre form with an auto gearbox though. If you could, the price difference to this Hybrid variant would obviously be much narrower. Whichever Kona Hybrid derivative you go for, equipment levels are pretty generous. Even the base 'SE' variant comes with climate control, an electric parking brake and steering wheel mounted gearshift paddles, plus there's a 7-inch centre-dash infotainment screen with smartphone-mirroring. Safety has been a particular feature of the development of this car. A 'Lane Keeping Assist System' is standard, as is a 'Driver Attention Alert' system, and all variants can be fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking, a system that scans the road ahead as you drive, the set-up looking for potential collision hazards. If one is detected, you'll be warned. If you don't respond - or aren't able to - the brakes will automatically be applied to decrease the severity of any resulting accident. Other key Kona safety features include 'Smart Cruise Control', a 'Blind Spot Detector, 'Rear-Cross Traffic Alert', a 'Speed Limit Information Function' and 'High Beam Assist'. Further up the range, 'Premium'-spec gets you bigger 18-ich wheels, keyless entry, auto wipers, front fog lamps and privacy glass. Inside, a 'Premium'-spec model gives you a wireless charging mat and the larger 10.25-inch centre-dash infotainment screen, which incorporates navigation and an upgraded KRELL audio system. The top-spec 'Premium SE' model adds full-LED headlamps with High Beam Assist, leather seat trim and heated, ventilated and electrically operated front seats, along with a head up display.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the figures. In base 'SE' form, this Kona Hybrid manages 56.5mpg on the WLTP combined cycle - and 90g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. Go for one of the two 'Premium'-spec models with their larger 18-inch wheels and those figures fall to 52.3mpg and 99g/km. To give you some range perspective on those figures, a conventional 1.0-litre T-GDi petrol-powered 120PS Kona model manages 44.1mpg and 125g/km of CO2. Insurance is rated at group 13E - but falls to group 11E on the top 'Premium SE' model thanks to its extra camera safety kit. As for servicing, well your Kona will need a garage visit once a year or every 10,000 miles, whichever comes sooner. If you want to budget ahead for routine maintenance, there are various 'Hyundai Sense' packages that offer fixed-price servicing over two, three or five-year periods. You can pay for your plan monthly and add MoTs into the three or five year plans for an extra fee. A strong buying incentive is the five year unlimited mileage warranty that comes as standard. It's backed up by breakdown cover that last the same length of time and free annual vehicle health checks over this duration.

Summary

If you're after a small Crossover that's particularly city-orientated and you're not quite ready to take the plunge into full-EV motoring, then this Kona Hybrid might prove to be a very good pick. This variant hasn't of course garnered as many headlines as the fully battery-powered Kona Electric but in reality, right here, right now, it's probably the better pick for the majority of likely buyers. Obviously the key competitor on Hyundai's radar here is the Toyota C-HR. Well that car represents tough opposition but there's certainly plenty of room in the full-hybrid part of this class for both cars and this Kona represents a slightly better value proposition. We think it's a car the segment will like.

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Exterior Features
Pearlescent paint
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
Automatic windscreen wipers with rain sensor
Black grille with chrome surround
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door mirrors and handles
Door mirror integrated indicators
Electric front/rear windows with drivers one touch/anti-trap
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Front fog lights
High beam assist
LED brake lights
LED daytime running lights
LED Headlights
LED rear lights
Painted anthracite body garnish
Positioning Lights - LED
Power folding door mirrors
Privacy glass - Rear windows and tailgate
Rear skid plate - silver
Rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light
Roof rails
Solar glass with windscreen shade band
Driver Convenience
10.25" touchscreen satellite Navigation with Bluelink and Mapcare
Blind spot monitoring
Bluetooth system
Digital clock
Drive mode selector
Driver attention alert system
Driver's supervision instrument cluster with 4.2" LCD display
Front parking sensor
Head up Display
Intelligent speed limit warning
Lane follow assist
Parking system with rear camera and guidance system
PAS
Rear cross traffic alert
Rear parking sensor
Smart cruise control (SCC)
Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
Smartphone wireless charging plate
Windscreen washer fluid sensor and warning indicator
Entertainment
DAB Digital radio
Krell premium audio system with 8 speakers and subwoofer
RDS radio with MP3 player
Steering wheel mounted audio/phone controls
USB/aux input socket
Interior Features
12V socket in centre console
60/40 split folding rear seat
Adjustable head restraints
Automatic climate control with defog system for front windscreen
Centre interior light
Door scuff plate
Driver and passenger front seat pockets
Driver's electric adjustable lumbar support
Driver's seat electric adjustments
Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors
Front interior light
Front passenger's seat electric adjustments
Heated front seats
Heated steering wheel
Height/reach adjustable steering column
Isofix rear child seat fastenings
Leather steering wheel and gear knob
Leather upholstery
Luggage compartment lighting
Luggage hooks
Luggage net
Metal paint door handles
Paddle shifter
Parcel shelf
Rear centre armrest
Rear centre console with air vents
Sunglasses holder
Ventilated front seats
Vertical adjustment rear head restraints
Packs
Trailer wiring package - Kona
Safety
3x3 point rear seatbelts
Airbags - front, front side and curtain airbags
Anti-lock brake system
Autonomous emergency braking
Childproof rear door locks
Downhill brake control
EBD + Brake Assist
Electric parking brake
Electronic stability control
Fasten seatbelt reminder
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Height adjustable front seatbelts
Hill start assist control (HAC)
Passenger airbag deactivate switch
Traction control
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Alarm/immobiliser
Deadlocks
Folding key
Locking wheel nuts
Remote central locking
Smart key with keyless entry and engine start/stop button
Wheels
18" alloy wheels
Tyre repair kit
Electric Vehicle Data
Battery Capacity in kWh 1.56
Battery Type Lithium-ion
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 101
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 123
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1580
Compression Ratio 13.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 72
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 97
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 64.2
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 61.4
EC Urban (mpg) 68.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 6.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 4.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 4.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb 52.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 44.1
WLTP - MPG - High 57.6
WLTP - MPG - Low 55.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium 60.1
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying Yes
Badge Engine CC 1.6
Badge Power 141
Coin Description GDi
Coin Series Premium [Smart]
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 11E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 5
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 87
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 85
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 62
NCAP Safety Assist % 60
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 10000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 5
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 11.1
Engine Power - BHP 141
Engine Power - KW 104
Engine Power - RPM 5700
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 196
Engine Torque - MKG 27
Engine Torque - NM 265
Engine Torque - RPM 4000
Top Speed 115
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle Second Act
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear 225/45 R18
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1565
Length 4165
Wheelbase 2600
Width 1800
Width (including mirrors) 2070
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 38
Gross Vehicle Weight 1880
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1143
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 361
Max. Loading Weight 504
Max. Roof Load 80
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1300
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 600
Minimum Kerbweight 1376
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.6

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £315.08 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £277.77 p/m £17.24 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £341.76 p/m £9.35 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £353.90 p/m £23.64 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £364.50 p/m £37.72 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £373.44 p/m £43.57 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £381.15 p/m £70.38 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £270.49 p/m £14.08 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £248.28 p/m £22.09 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £258.01 p/m £26.18 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £293.03 p/m £30.84 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £309.24 p/m £51.90 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £321.97 p/m £57.66 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £334.04 p/m £84.03 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £240.27 p/m £18.68 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £237.39 p/m £26.86 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £259.88 p/m £23.80 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £271.54 p/m £41.80 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £284.21 p/m £54.00 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £296.25 p/m £69.47 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £306.25 p/m £90.53 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £378.10 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £333.32 p/m £20.69 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £410.11 p/m £11.22 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £424.69 p/m £28.37 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £437.40 p/m £45.26 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £448.13 p/m £52.29 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £457.38 p/m £84.46 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £324.58 p/m £16.89 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £297.93 p/m £26.50 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £309.61 p/m £31.42 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £351.63 p/m £37.01 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £371.08 p/m £62.28 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £386.37 p/m £69.19 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £400.85 p/m £100.83 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £288.33 p/m £22.42 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £284.86 p/m £32.23 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £311.85 p/m £28.56 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £325.85 p/m £50.16 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £341.05 p/m £64.80 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £355.49 p/m £83.37 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £367.51 p/m £108.63 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Metallic paint £565.00
Metallic/Pearlescent paint £565.00
Special Pearlescent paint £565.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Chalk white £565.00
Metallic/Pearl - Acid Yellow £565.00
Metallic/Pearl - Blue Lagoon £565.00
Metallic/Pearl - Lake Silver £565.00
Metallic/Pearl - Pulse Red £565.00
Pearl - Galactic grey FOC
Special pearl - Phantom black £565.00
Special pearl - Tangerine comet £565.00
Trim
Leather - Black FOC
* option prices shown are estimated