As Kia rolls out prices for its new Stonic small SUV, so Hyundai follows up with full price and specification information for its closely-related Kona, which goes on sale in the UK on 2 November.
And Hyundai is taking the fight to Kia with two standouts – a lower entry-level list price and a range of all-turbo engines that eschews the so-so 1.4-litre base motor in the Stonic. The pay-off? Hyundai is opening its range with a base S model, rather than the better-stocked mid-range ‘2’ variant of the Stonic.
Even so, all Hyundai Kona still come with 16-inch alloys (an inch smaller than the Kia), air con, LED running lights, DAB and cruise control with speed limiter. They don’t have the central colour touchscreen of the Kia though: the base Hyundai Kona has a 5-inch LCD screen instead.
The Kona SE range starts from £17,495 and has a more comparable level of kit: 17-inch alloys, leather steering wheel, rear p[arking sensors and camera, roof rails and fog lamps plus the all-important central 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Next up is the Premium, from £18,795, with 18-inch alloys, more chrome and silver exterior trim, climate control, solar front glass and dark rear glass, keyless go and a bigger 8.0-inch infotainment system with standard sat nav. The Kona Premium also has Hyundai’s first branded premium audio system. The Krell setup combines eight speakers with external amp and subwoofer.
There’s a Premium SE as well, with heated and ventilated leather seats, heated steering wheel front parking sensors, folding door mirrors and a head-up display.
The range-topper is the Premium GT, a fancy model that has full LED headlights, electronic instrument cluster, autonomous emergency braking and a high-power 177hp 1.6 T-GDI petrol engine with DCT automatic and all-wheel drive (the Stonic is front-drive only). It costs £24,995.
No diesel Kona
Notably, Hyundai has chosen not to launch a diesel version of the Kona, so won’t be going head-to-head with the 1.6-litre diesel Kia. Instead, the 1.0-litre T-GDI 120 forms the core of the range, with the Premium GT’s 1.6-litre 177hp motor being the only option. It’s also the only automatic Kona – all the rest have a six-speed manual. You can’t get an automatic Stonic, either…
Colours? Pick from standard hues – Chalk white, Lake silver, Dark knight, Velvet dune, Phantom black – or so-called ‘vivid’ colours: Pulse red, Tangerine comet, Acid yellow or Blue lagoon.
By offering a broader range of Kona than Kia is with the Stonic, Hyundai’s hoping to quickly step up sales of its third SUV, which sits below the large Santa Fe and mid-size Tucson. Its focus on petrol models also shows its determination to take on the retail sector, some of whom may even be drawn into that pricey AWD turbo petrol range-topper, an area Kia has chosen not to compete in. But which will become a more familiar sight in the UK? Eyes peeled from next month…
Hyundai Kona SUV: prices
|Kona S 1.0 T-GDI 120||£16,195|
|Kona SE 1.0 T-GDI 120||£17,495|
|Kona Premium 1.0 T-GDI 120||£18,795|
|Kona Premium SE 1.0 T-GDI 120||£21,195|
|Kona Premium GT 1.6 T-GDI 177 DCT AWD||£24,995|