Juliet reviews…the Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona, which arrived here in 2018, has seen quite a bit of success going to over 1 700 homes countrywide. It has now received an upgrade, but even more importantly, there is an N Line model added to the line-up.




Before we delve in to the N Line model, what is new on the upgraded Kona? Well a lot actually. It is longer and although the width and height are the same, the ground clearance is higher. The car now looks wider and flatter almost, making it sleeker and more refined looking. Not much has changed at the rear except for new taillights which feature horizontally stretched graphics.  The side profile is unchanged, but there are some new wheel styles. The new Kona comes with six exterior colours: Surfy Blue, Ignite Flame, Cyber Gray, Phantom Black, Atlas White, Dark Knight and Pulse Red. Every colour can be combined with the Phantom Black two-tone roof for the 1.6 T-GDi Executive and N Line derivatives. The two-tone roof also comes with matching mirror housings.



A new console is disconnected from the instrument panel to stress the horizontal layout, this makes it appear more spacious. Hyundai is known for its quality cabins and it is no different inside the Kona. As standard, the new Kona has also been upgraded with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, all displayed on an eight-inch infotainment system, rear passengers have a USB port and there is a wireless charging pad up front as well.




The big news is that of the N Line now being offered in the Kona line up. It is a basically a model offering different styling and enhancements. It is not to be confused with an N model which is all about performance. This N Line model has the same engine as that of the Executive model, which is the G1.6 T-GDi engine. It is  mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT), which produces 148 kW and 265 Nm of torque. The other engine on offer is a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated unit which produces 110 kW and 179 Nm of torque.



Although the Kona range comes standard with Electronic Stability control and Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Downhill Brake Control and Hill start Assist Control, the N Line adds a host of Hyundai’s SmartSense safety and driving assistance programmes. These are:


  • Smart Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Collision-avoidance Assist
  • Lane Keep Assist and Lane Following Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-avoidance Assist
  • Forward Collision-avoidance Assist
  • Safe Exit Assist
  • Fatigue Detection/Driver Attention Warning




  • Kona 2.0 Nu Executive (auto): R449 900
  • Kona 1.6 T-GDi Executive DCT: R499 900
  • Kona 1.6 T-GDi N-Line DCT: R579 900


The Kona comes standard with a seven-year / 200 000 km manufacturer’s warranty and a five-year / 75 000 km service plan. As well as Roadside assistance for seven years or 150 000 km.


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