The Elite is second from the top in the Kona range and takes a significant jump from the Active in terms of its price and spec.
Like the rest of the Kona range, the Elite is available as either a 2.0-litre non-turbo four-cylinder (110kW/180Nm) front-wheel drive ($30,000) or as a 1.6-litre turbo (130kW/265Nm all-wheel drive ($33,500).
Standard features on the Elite include 17-inch alloy wheels, an 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, built-in sat-nav, DAB+ digital radio, premium eight-speaker audio, keyless entry and push-start ignition, a reversing camera, reversing sensors, heated and auto folding mirrors, privacy glass, LED DRLs, halogen headlights, faux-leather interior trim, leather wheel and gear knob trim, a centre armrest console box, climate control, manual seat adjustment, a 4.2-inch colour TFT screen in the dash, and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Both engine choices are capable of running on 91RON unleaded and have 50-litre fuel tanks.
The Elite's active safety suite is augmented with radars to include freeway-speed auto emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning (LDW) lane keep assist (LKAS), driver attention alert (DAA), rear cross traffic alert (RCTA), blind spot monitoring (BSM), high beam assist, and active cruise control.
The Kona has six airbags, the expected stability controls, and wears a maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating. Only a space saver spare is available across the Kona range.
There are extra colour choices available to the Elite, for a total of eight choices. 'Phantom Black', 'Dark Knight' (grey), 'Blue Lagoon', 'Tangerine Comet' (orange), 'Acid Yellow', 'Ceramic Blue', and 'Pulse Red' attract a $595 premium. 'Chalk White' is the only free colour.
All Kona variants are covered by Hyundai's five year/unlimited kilometre warranty, and comprehensive capped price servicing plan that extends well beyond that. For the first five years the 12 months/15,000km services average $284 per year.