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2021 Hyundai Kona pricing and specs detailed: Facelift arrives for Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, Toyota C-HR and Honda HR-V rival

The N Line Premium is one of the Kona’s two sporty new grades.

Hyundai Australia has released pricing and full specification details for the facelifted version of the Kona small SUV, which is now in showrooms.

The Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, Toyota C-HR and Honda HR-V rival’s line-up has become smaller, with six internal-combustion variants available now instead of the previous eight.

A 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive is still offered in the now-unnamed entry-level grade (formerly Go), the mid-range Active and Elite, and flagship Highlander, but a 1.6-litre turbocharged unit with all-wheel drive isn’t anymore.

Instead, that combination is now exclusive to the Kona’s two sporty new grades, the mid-range N Line and flagship N Line Premium, which are priced from $36,300 and $42,400 plus on-road costs respectively.

Speaking of pricing, all of the carryover grades are more expensive than before, with the range-opener up the most, rising by $2300 to $26,600, while the Active, Elite and Highlander now cost $28,200 (+$2140), $31,600 (+$1000) and $38,000 (+$1340) respectively.

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The aforementioned engines have actually been renewed as part of the facelift, having been replaced by new Smartstream versions.

While the 2.0-litre still produces 110kW/180Nm, it is now mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with eight steps, while its predecessor was paired to a six-speed torque-converter unit.

The 1.6-litre is still matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) with rev-matching functionality, but it now develops 146kW/265Nm, with power up 16kW, while torque is unchanged.

Fuel consumption on the combined-cycle test (ADR 81/02) is now 6.2L/100km (-1.0L/100km) for the 2.0-litre, while the 1.6-litre now claims 6.9L/100km (+0.2L/100km).

Standard equipment in the entry-level grade includes torsion-beam rear suspension, LED daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support (new), a 4.2-inch multifunction display, a wireless smartphone charger and black cloth upholstery.

Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep and steering assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, driver attention alert, tyre pressure monitoring, rear occupant alert (new) and a reversing camera.

The Active picks ups 17-inch alloy wheels, power-folding side mirrors with heating, black leather-appointed seat upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear selector and rear parking sensors.

Meanwhile, the Elite also gets a gloss-black grille, front foglights, Carbon Grey cladding, keyless entry and start with remote start (new), a 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia system (new), satellite navigation, wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, climate control, active blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert (new), and safe exit warning (new).

The Highlander further adds LED headlights and tail-lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster (new), a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats with heating and cooling, heated outboard rear seats, ambient lighting, optional beige leather-accented upholstery (new), high-beam assist and front parking sensors.

On top of the Elite, the N Line picks up multi-link rear suspension, a body kit, 18-inch alloy wheels, 305mm ventilated front brake discs (new), front sports seats, alloy pedals and black leather-appointed upholstery with red stitching with piping, and red trim.

The N Line Premium also gets LED headlights and tail-lights, a sunroof, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster (new), a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats with heating and cooling, heated outboard rear seats, ambient lighting, high-beam assist and front parking sensors.

Seven paintwork options (Atlas White, Dark Knight, Phantom Black, Surfy Blue, Dive in Jeju, Ignite Flame and Pulse Red) are available, with the Highlander and N Line Premium also getting the no-cost choice of a Phantom Black roof, which deletes the sunroof.

The overall Kona line-up will once again include zero-emissions Electric variants, the facelifted versions which are due to go on sale in March, while the yet-to-be-revealed high-performance N range-topper will arrive later this year.

2021 Hyundai Kona pricing before on-road costs

VariantTransmissionCost
Kona FWDautomatic$26,600 (+$2300)
Kona Active FWDautomatic$28,200 (+$2140)
Kona Elite FWDautomatic$31,600 (+$1000)
Kona N Line AWDautomatic$36,300 (NEW)
Kona Highlander FWDautomatic$38,000 (+$1340)
Kona N Line Premium AWDautomatic$42,400 (NEW)