29 November 2017 · Vehicle Reviews

The Hyundai Kona has arrived | Phil Gilbert Hyundai

The 2018 Hyundai Kona joins Tucson, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport in a growing line-up of Hyundai Australia SUVs, as the company continues to widen customer choice in the segment.

Unique Styling and Colours Set the 2018 Hyundai Kona Apart

The Kona’s aggressive body styling with its low and wide stance complements the SUV’s image. Its long wheel base and short overhangs not only further emphasize the aggressive appearance, but also help assure sporty, nimble handling and superior stability at motorway speeds. A vibrant array of colours like Acid Yellow, Tangerine Comet, Ceramic Blue, and more make the Kona stand out anywhere it’s driven.

A distinctive feature of the Kona are its unique split-design headlamps. The top LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) help make sure you’re seen in any weather, while the bottom headlamps provide outstanding visibility at night.

The 2018 Hyundai Kona is available in five different models, at least one of which will appeal to any buyer in this segment. Models include: Active, Active with Safety pack, Elite, Highlander, and Special Edition.


Kona is a Compact SUV with a Spacious Interior

The new SUV rides on an all-new platform developed specifically for the Kona. The result is a powertrain layout accommodating its available four-wheel-drive system while minimizing intrusion on interior space. In addition, the rear suspension layout has been configured to provide for a lower floor and seating position to deliver best-in-class levels of headroom and ease of access for rear seat occupants.

Cargo capacities were also addressed in the design of the Kona. Designers maximized storage space, reflecting the needs of customers with an active lifestyle. The split-folding rear seats fold flat, with a two-level loading floor that allows easy access for a bicycle, several golf bags or other sporting equipment.

The Kona blends exceptional fuel efficiency with power and performance levels not often found in vehicles in this segment. The new Kona is offered with a choice of two petrol engines from Hyundai Australia. The Gamma 1.6T-GDI engine boasts 130kW, with a 0-100km/h time of 7.7 seconds. The Nu 2.0 MPi engine which uses Atkinson cycle for improved fuel economy. Power output is 110kW and 180 Nm of torque. The Gamma 1.6T-GDI is available with a dual-clutch seven-speed transmission.

Hyundai Motor is the only automotive manufacturer that produces its own steel for its vehicles. The Kona’s lightweight body frame is comprised of 51.8% Advanced High Strength Steel, around the same percentage as found in premium European cars. The Kona platform also features an advanced energy dispersion technology that disperses crash energy across multiple sub-structures to protect passengers in the event of an accident.

Class-leading Active Safety Systems

The Hyundai Kona showcases the company’s commitment to enhancing the safety of drivers, passengers and fellow road-users.  Class-leading active safety features include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), which uses a front-facing camera and radar to detect an imminent collision and avoid impact or minimize damage through autonomous braking.

Three additional systems also utilize the front-view camera for safety and convenience: Lane Keeping Assist, High Beam Assist, and Driver Attention Warning. The car’s radar systems also assist with the Blind-Spot Collision Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Collison Warning.

Advanced Connectivity Technology

The Kona boasts a suite of sophisticated connectivity technologies, paired with user-friendly functionality to ensure driver and passengers stay informed and entertained. The premium infotainment system offers various advanced connectivity features, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

A new combiner Head-Up Display (HUD) is fitted to the Kona, projecting a virtual image onto the clear glass panel mounted behind the instrument panel to enable the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road.

In a first for the segment, the Kona features smartphone wireless charging. Available as an option with all Kona models, customers simply place a compatible smartphone on the wireless charging pad, located in the centre console storage, to easily recharge without the need for cables. 

If the Hyundai Kona sounds like the compact SUV you’ve been waiting for, come see the experts at Phil Gilbert Hyundai. With two Dealerships serving the Greater Sydney Area, in Croydon and Lidcombe, there’s a Phil Gilbert Hyundai near you. Stop by, test drive the Kona, and check out the selection and financing options.