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Hyundai Australia has introduced its first-ever compact SUV to the local market, with the Kona kicking off from $24,500 before on-road costs.
Its eight-variant line-up consists of four model grades – Active, Active with Safety Pack, Elite and Highlander – with two petrol powertrain options for each trim level.
The entry-level 2.0-litre 'MPi' naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine produces 110kW of power at 6200rpm and 180Nm of torque at 4500rpm.
Three driving modes – 'Comfort', 'Eco' and 'Sport' – are standard on every Kona.
With drive exclusively sent to the front wheels via a six-speed torque-convertor automatic transmission, atmo variants can sprint from zero to 100km/h in 10.0 seconds while drinking a claimed 7.2 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle test.
Alternatively, the 1.6-litre 'T-GDi' turbocharged four-pot powerplant punches out 130kW at 5500rpm and 265Nm from 1500rpm to 4500rpm.
This T-GDi option adds $3500 to the MPi's asking price, except for on the flagship Highlander model grade where the difference in cost is $3000.
Three driving modes – 'Comfort', 'Eco' and 'Sport' – are standard on every Kona and allow the driver to adjust throttle, transmission, steering and engine settings.
Checking in from $24,500, the Active trim level includes 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, dusk-sensing headlights, six airbags, reversing camera, rear park assist, tyre pressure monitoring, 16-inch alloy wheels, 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support, 3.5-inch digital instrument cluster, leather steering wheel and gear shifter, cruise control, power windows and roof rails.
For an additional $1500, the 'Safety Pack' adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, driver attention warning and power-folding, heated side mirrors.
Starting from $28,500, the Elite model grade's equipment levels extend to 17-inch rims, leather-appointed seats, keyless entry/start, climate control, rear privacy glass, front fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, front-row seat back pockets, 'Carbon Grey' grille and exterior cladding, side garnish insert, rear skid plate and a luggage net.
Priced from $33,000, the Highlander trim level features 18-inch alloys, LED head- and tail-lights, front park assist, high beam assist, head-up display, power ventilated/heated front seats, 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster, auto-dimming rearview mirror, smartphone wireless charging and a heated steering wheel.
There are nine exterior paints colours – 'Phantom Black', 'Chalk White', 'Lake Silver', 'Dark Knight', 'Pulse Red', 'Tangerine Comet', 'Acid Yellow', 'Blue Lagoon' and 'Ceramic Blue' – to choose from, with premium hues attracting a $595 charge.
The Kona will go head-to-head with the sales-leading Mitsubishi ASX, Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Qashqai among others.
Additionally, a two-tone roof – coloured either 'Phantom Black' or 'Dark Knight' – can be added to the Elite and Highlander model grades for $295.
Service intervals are 12 months/15,000km for the MPi and 12 months/10,000km for the T-GDi, with the former costing $1395 over a five-year period, while the latter costs $1405.
Every Kona comes with Hyundai's five year/unlimited kilometre factory warranty as standard.