Hyundai Kona has been introduced in the country not long ago. For 2021, the Kona has an updated version to take on the competitive compact SUV market. It is set to compete with the segment’s market leaders, the Proton X50 and Honda HR-V.
The Hyundai Kona comes in two versions (Standard and Active) for the local market, both fitted with G2.0 Atkinson petrol. No word yet on the more sought-after 1.6T Kona. Hyundai Malaysia has delayed the turbo version, probably due to cost factor.
The most significant difference with the updated version is a neater overall look. The headlights have been tweaked to look sleeker resemble an L-shaped design, with the Kona Active version receiving LEDs (headlights and foglights). From the rear, the lights are slimmer compared to the outgoing version while the lower light cluster near the bumper isn’t just made of plastic materials any more. Apart from the lights, there are new wheels for the Kona 17 inch on the standard version and 18 inch on the Active.
Fresh from an update, the Kona has switched from its conventional torque converter 6 speed to a Smartstream ITV (Hyundai’s interpretation of a CVT) with 8 virtual ratios. Paired with the 2.0l, the Kona fetches 149PS and a max torque of 180Nm.
Inside, the updates are not plenty but significant to keep up with the times. Replacing the 7.7-inch touchscreen in the previous Kona is an 8-inch display with the buttons shifting to the bottom panel. The 10.25-in digital instrument cluster, also available in the Elantra, is standard for the Active version.
Another new feature for this Kona is the remote start with smart key. In the standard car, it will run on your last aircon setting. While in the Active, which has an automatic climate control system, it sets to 22 degrees by default. The doors remain locked while you remote start and will shut off automatically after 10 minutes if you do not get in the car.
Hyundai Smart Sense for the 2.0
The Active-spec Kona now comes with Hyundai Smart Sense which includes Forward Collision Warning, High Beam Assist, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Sport Collision Avoidance Assist, and more. Both variants come with twin ISOFIX harnesses and 6 airbags.
Finally the facelift Kona will be offered with 4 new colors, while the Active comes with 5 new colors which are Surfy Blue, Ignite Flame, Dark Knight, Misty Jungle and Dive in Jeju. Also new for the facelift is the light beige interior leather upholstery with red stitching, only for the Active version.
The Hyundai Kona is priced at RM 119,888 for the Standard and RM136,888 for the Active. Both cars come with 5 year / 300,000km warranty and 3 year / 50,000km free service maintenance package.