Here comes KONA. Again!
Cars26 February 2020
KONA has become such a huge hit that it’s hard to believe it’s only been on sale for a little more than two years. The original KONA launched in October 2017 and has since been joined by KONA Electric and a limited-edition KONA Iron Man Edition. Almost 120,000 people across Europe have bought one of these models so far, and that number is set to rise even further with the recent launch of the All-New KONA Hybrid. With an efficient full hybrid powertrain, bold design, and a range of state-of-the-art technology enhancements covering connectivity, safety and infotainment it’s easy to see why. Time to take a closer look…
The All-New KONA Hybrid delivers a dynamic drive thanks to the Kappa 1.6-litre GDI direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine that gives maximum power of 105 PS and 147 Nm of torque. Its permanent magnet synchronous electric motor delivers 43.5 PS (32 kW) with maximum torque of 170 Nm. Alongside this, the 1.56 kWh lithium ion polymer battery delivers outstanding charge and discharge performance, optimising output from the high voltage battery and allowing for rapid regeneration.
State-of-the-art technology to improve fuel economy
Fuel economy is improved thanks to the clever ECO-Driving Assist System (ECO-DAS). The integrated Coasting Guide aims to reduce fuel consumption and minimise braking by analysing road information from the navigation system and notifying the driver when deceleration is imminent – when approaching a change of direction, crossroads, or motorway exit, for example.
ECO-DAS also has a Predictive Energy Management system that maximises how the battery is used and charged going uphill and downhill. When an incline is expected and the battery charge is low, the engine operation is increased slightly to pre-charge the battery ahead of the uphill section. This makes sure that the electric motor can assist going uphill to minimise the less efficient use of the petrol motor on inclines. If the battery has a good amount of charge, the system increases the level of electric motor power before driving downhill to minimise fuel consumption. The electric power is then recovered downhill by regenerative braking.
Safety first (second and third)
Safety is taken to new levels thanks to Hyundai SmartSense technology. This cutting-edge advanced driver assistance suite of features includes Driver Attention Alert and Lane Keep Assist as standard. Optional extras, depending on trim, include Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection ability, as well as Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go which uses a front radar sensor to maintain a constant speed and distance from the vehicle ahead by automatically accelerating and braking. If traffic comes to a halt, the Stop & Go system applies the brake until the car comes to a standstill and accelerates to the desired speed as soon as the road is clear.
Other optional features include Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, as well as Lane Follow Assist, which keeps the car in the middle of a lane, and an Intelligent Speed Limit Warning that uses the front camera as well as information from the navigation system to identify speed signs and display them in real time.
Top tech as standard
And the smart thinking doesn’t end there. The All-New KONA Hybrid Premium and Premium SE feature Bluelink, an app-based connected car system that provides many benefits, including the ability to lock your car remotely via the Bluelink app on your smartphone, if you forget to lock your car. Meanwhile, the Audio Video Navigation system displays a variety of useful information on its 10.25-inch touch-screen, which can be customised with editable widgets and icons.
Display Audio on the standard infotainment system mirrors your smartphone’s content onto the 7-inch display via Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™. Hyundai LIVE Services, meanwhile, gives up-to-the-minute information on weather, traffic, parking and speed camera warning (where legally allowed).
On the Premium SE trim you will find a head-up display that projects relevant driving information directly into the driver’s line of sight so information can be processed faster while keeping attention on the road.
Adding a splash of colour
The All-New KONA Hybrid has Hyundai’s trademark Cascading Grille and distinctive twin front lights, while luxury features such as a heated steering wheel, power front seats with a three-step ventilation and heating system, and heated rear seats offer a high level of comfort inside on the Premium SE trim.
Customers can choose from eight exterior colours to complete the All-New KONA Hybrid’s exterior look. Inside, there are white accents around the air vent surrounds and gear shift bezel, as well as Glossy Black accents on the door handles, steering wheel spoke and air vent bezel.
For a limited time you can get £350 off a new KONA EV when you test drive the car and go on to buy it. For more information, visit https://electric.hyundai.co.uk/