This is the new Hyundai Kona Hybrid which is available from the end of September.
There’s a lot to like about the new hybrid offering which is a natural extension to the Kona line-up.
Indeed, the carmaker has responded to customer demands for eco-models that have an SUV body – and lots of equipment.
Along with a bold design, there’s a range of technology enhancements to help attract buyers.
Hyundai Kona Hybrid is the latest electrified model
The new Hyundai Kona Hybrid is the firm’s latest electrified model, joining the likes of the refreshed Ioniq and Nexo.
There is a 48V hybrid combustion engine system which is taken from the proven Ioniq Hybrid and uses a 1.6 litre petrol engine and a 1.56 kWh battery.
The 32 kW motor will deliver a maximum system power of 141 PS and useful torque of 265 Nm.
The power is delivered to the front wheels utilising a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Hyundai Kona Hybrid uses a multi-link rear suspension
It’s not just a pretty face though, since the Hyundai Kona Hybrid uses a multi-link rear suspension to boost driving experience and also practicality.
Indeed, the combined hybrid power has a towing capacity, for those that need it, of up to 1,300 kg.
Some models also feature BlueLink which is a smartphone app to enable drivers to carry out various functions including unlocking the doors remotely and reminding them of their vehicle’s location.
The link will also help alert drivers of nearby off-street and street parking facilities as well as fuel stations and prices.
The entry level model features climate control, steering wheel mounted gearshift paddles and an electric parking brake.
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The interior has also been revamped and it is a stylish and modern creation with a touchscreen audio system that has a subscription-free Apple Car Play and Android Auto facility being offered.
Other kit includes lane keeping assist, rear parking sensors with a camera and driver attention alert.
Options for the new hybrid model feature SmartSense which is a safety pack that incorporates autonomous emergency braking with smart cruise control.
The top model, the Kona Hybrid Premium features a high level of equipment including a premium sound system and keyless entry.
With growing numbers of drivers opting for all-electric or hybrid models, the Hyundai Kona Hybrid offers the best of both worlds for those who would like to enjoy electrified driving while having the security of a decent performing petrol engine too.