The Highlander is the Kona line-up's top-shelf model, priced from $35,500. It's available with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine – 110kW@6200rpm and 180Nm@4500rpm and six-speed automatic transmission as a two-wheel drive variant, or you can buy a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine – 130kW@5500rpm and 265Nm@1500-4500rpm – with a seven-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive, priced from $39,000.
The Highlander has a bunch of standard features including a floating tablet-style 8.0-inch touchscreen (with Apple Carplay and Android Auto), head-up display (which I'm a big fan of), Qi wireless charging pad (which I could never get working on my phone*), a power sunroof, heated front seats, blind-spot collision warning and tyre-pressure monitoring system and more. (* Because, I've since found out, my smartphone is not Qi enabled.)
Exterior colours range from the acid yellow of our test vehicle through to dark knight, pulse red and tangerine comet. Paint is $595.