Drive: Hyundai Kona

Pint-sized crossover: South Korean brand Hyundai has joined the baby SUV market with the new Kona offering a three model lineup.
Pint-sized crossover: South Korean brand Hyundai has joined the baby SUV market with the new Kona offering a three model lineup.

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Hyundai continues to chase down Toyota and Mazda with new baby SUV.

The South Korean brand is building on the success of its Tucson mid-size SUV with a new pint-sized Kona crossover.

Hyundai is launching a three-pronged Kona lineup that follows the same formula as its other SUVs, starting with the base Active, then progressing through Elite trim and topping out with the Highlander variant.

All models come with the choice of either a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 110kW and 180Nm and is paired to a six-speed automatic that drives the front wheels, or a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol unit that produces 130kW and 265Nm and is coupled to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that powers all four wheels.

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Taree Auto Group

Standard gear for the Active extends to 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, auto headlights, rear view camera with rear park assist, 7.0-inch touchscreen which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, leather trimmed steering wheel and a 3.5-inch digital instrument display.

The base Kona does without many key active safety features that are standard on higher-spec models, however, a safety pack can be optioned. The safety pack adds autonomous emergency braking with forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist and driver attention warning.

Next model up is the Kona Elite and then the top-spec Highlander.

Standard kit of the Elite over the Active with the safety pack includes 17-inch alloy wheels, leather trimmed  upholstery, keyless entry and ignition, front fog lights, auto wipers and grey exterior touches.

Additional equipment of the Highlander over the Elite includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, front LED indicators, auto high beam. Head-up display, ventilated and heated front seats, heated steering wheel, wireless device charging and a 4.2-inch digital instrument display.

Test drive a Hyundai Kona at Taree Auto Group, 136 Manning River Drive, Taree. Phone 6552 4477.

Source: Drive