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Hyundai Kona Review, Colours, For Sale, Interior & Specs in Australia

The Hyundai Kona is the Korean brand's small SUV, which sits above the city-sized Venue, and under the mid-size Tucson, seven-seat Santa Fe, and full-size Palisade.

The Kona competes head-on with the Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR, Mazda CX-3 and Mitsubishi ASX, and is available in base, Active, Elite, N Line, Highlander, and N Line Premium trim levels. Buyers can choose between two petrol engines and two- or all-wheel drive drivetrains.

The zero (tailpipe) emissions Kona Highlander Electric launched in Australia in late 2019.

This vehicle is also known as Hyundai Kauai (Portugal), Hyundai Encino (China).

Hyundai Kona Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Hyundai Kona varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $26,900 and going to $64,000 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2022 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $26,900 $64,000
2021 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $18,700 $71,830
2020 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $17,800 $68,200
2019 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $16,300 $64,240
2018 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $14,600 $34,760
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Hyundai Kona Colours

There are a total seven exterior colours for the Kona, as well as an optional two-tone setup that adds a black roof to the Highlander and N Line Premium.

  • Dive in Jeju
  • Surfy Blue
  • Ignite Flame
  • Atlas White
  • Phantom black
  • Dark knight
  • Pulse red
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Hyundai Kona Interior

The top-shelf Kona N Line Premium or Highlander get the very best of the equipment, from the leather seats that are heated and cooled up front, to the big glass sunroof, the ambient interior lighting choices and the digital air-con controls.

Perhaps coolest, though, is the positively German-feeling media set-up, with Hyundai making use of a twin-screen system, with a 10.25-inch screen in the driver’s binnacle taking car of the driving stuff, and a second screen in the centre taking care of the navigation and entertainment. But you will have to plug your phone in to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, because for reasons to weird to get into, only the base cars gets wireless connectivity.

The cheap seats, then, do without some of the cool stuff. Both the Kona and the Active make do with manual air-con and the smaller 8.0-inch cent screen, where the Elite steps up the tech and audio.

Hyundai Kona Dimensions

The dimensions of the Hyundai Kona SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2022 SUV 1550x1800x4205 mm 170 mm
2021 SUV 1550x1800x4165 mm 170 mm
2020 SUV 1550x1800x4165 mm 170 mm
2019 SUV 1550x1800x4165 mm 170 mm
2018 SUV 1550x1800x4165 mm 170 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Hyundai Kona Dimensions

Hyundai Kona Accessories

There’s a four-model Kona line-up, not including the new N Line cars, and that story kicks off with a model simply titled the Kona.  

That model replaces the former entry-level Kona Go, a move which has seen the sticker price climb by about $3000 should you want to get into the cheapest Kona, with the range now starting at $26,600.

The Kona rides on 16-inch alloys, and while the DRLs are LEDs the headlights themselves are halogens. Inside, you get cloth seats, and the smallest 8.0-inch mutlimedia screen - though it does get wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as wireless smartphone charging.

The range then steps up to the Active ($28,200), which gives you a nicer-feeling interior, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, privacy glass and heated and folded mirrors. 

Next up is the Elite ($31,600), which builds in some more safety stuff - we’ll get to that in a moment - as well as a major upgrade to the the centre screen, which is now a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation. You also get a better Harman Kardon stereo, climate control, a smart key with remote start and an acoustic windscreen meant to reduce road noise.

At the top of the regular Kona tree is the Highlander ($38,000), which gives you a second 10.25-inch screen in the driver’s binnacle for a total of two - a positively German feeling cabin setup that we love. You also get 18-inch alloy wheels, front parking sensors, LED headlights and taillights, a head-up display, a big glass sunroof and heated and cooled seats up front, with heating in the window seats in the rear.

If your tastes run a little Sportier, then the new N Line cars might be right up your street.

First, you’ve got the named Kona N Line ($36,300), which changes the engine and gearbox - again, we’ll come to that in a moment - and also adds sportier suspension, heaps of exterior styling changes, 18-inch alloy whees and a red-trimmed interior treatment designed to feel a little sportier.

Last but not least, you have the N Line Premium, which is a not-inconsiderable $42,400. You get the twin-screen interior setup, heated and cooled seats up front and seats that are heated in the window seats in the back, a head up display, and your headlights and taillights are now LED, and there’s a sunroof, too. In fact, it largely followed the specification of the Highlander, just with a better engine and gearbox, and a sportier driving experience.

Hyundai Kona Boot Space

The Kona's boot will serve up some 374 litres with the seats in place, or 1156L with them folded flat, which is slightly more than the car it replaces. 

Hyundai Kona Boot space Hyundai Kona Boot space

Hyundai Kona Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Hyundai Kona here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • How do I tell if a 2019 Hyundai Kona is AWD or FWD?

    It’s pretty simple, James, and despite both two and four-wheel-drive being offered on all trim levels of the Kona, there’s one thing to check that will answer your question: If the vehicle has the two-litre, non-turbocharged engine, it’s a two (front) wheel-drive. If it has the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, it’s an all-wheel-drive Kona. Hyundai never offered a front-wheel-drive Kona with the turbo engine, nor all-wheel-drive with the non-turbo.

    Beyond that, there were some other major technical differences that will also tell you what you’re looking at. The front-drive Kona has a simpler, torsion-beam rear suspension, while the AWD version has a multi-link arrangement. Then there’s the transmission. Front-drive Konas got a six-speed conventional automatic, while the AWD Kona got a dual-clutch seven-speed transmission.

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  • Is it normal for a 2018 Hyundai Kona to have a rusty muffler after three years?

    It’s a bit of a surprise to learn that a brand-new muffler lasted just two years before needing replacement, and that’s certainly not what most mechanics would consider normal. But it isn’t unheard of, either.

    One of the by-products of burning petrol is water. That explains the cloud-like water-vapour you see when a car is first started on a cold morning. Once the car is up to running temperature, however, that water is turned completely to steam and exits the tailpipe. But, if the vehicle is only ever used for short trips where the exhaust system never gets hot enough to evaporate all that water, then the water can sit inside the system (typically inside the muffler, and in a sometimes acidic environment) where it can cause rust to develop.

    This is a lot less common in modern cars with catalytic converters which cause the exhaust to run at a higher temperature and get there faster, but it can still happen – as you now know. The best fix is to fit a stainless-steel exhaust system which simply refuses to rust, but they’re expensive and I wouldn’t expect Hyundai to go to that expense for a warranty claim.

    So will it happen again in another two years? If the cause of the rusty muffler is as I’ve explained here, then there’s a very good chance it will happen again thanks to your car’s pattern of use. But if the problem was simply a bad batch of mufflers that weren’t rust-proofed correctly at the factory (and it happens) then a new muffler shouldn’t rot out so quickly. But it makes us wonder if Victoria’s extended COVID lockdown and the notorious five-kilometre-radius-from-home rule may have forced drivers into lots of short trips for months on end. Perhaps you’re seeing the start of a trend here.

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  • Should I buy a 2021 Hyundai Kona or 2021 VW T-Roc?

    Volkswagen’s latest cars are lovely to drive but it’s true; many mechanics (and plenty of owners) are wary of the brand’s recent reputation for reliability. But if you’re buying a brand-new or nearly new example, then the factory warranty will be some peace of mind. The safest bet right now, is something Japanese or South Korean, and that includes the Hyundai you’re looking at as well as the equivalent offerings from Kia. Both these brands have enviable reputations for durability and both come with terrific factory warranties.

    Volkswagen’s current high-tech turbocharged engines are very entertaining to drive as well as being frugal in all situations, but, in reality, any current model mid-sized SUV is more than capable of delivering you interstate in comfort and safety as well as offering low running costs. Bear in mind you may have to pay extra for the top-shelf model if you want all the latest safety and convenience technology.

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  • Should I buy a Hyundai Kona or Honda HR-V?

    It’s nice to see that the worldwide web has put Carsguide in touch with people in the USA and that they’re prepared to ask for advice from half a planet away. Meanwhile, if safety is your number one priority, then you really need to find a vehicle with all the latest driver aids such as autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and rear-cross-traffic alert. These are the new safety must-haves now that air-bags, stability control and other systems are considered par for the course.

    The catch with your situation (from our point of view) is that the vehicles we assess and test in Australia don’t necessarily correlate with the North American buying experience. The specifications of Australian-delivered cars don’t always line up with those of a USA-market vehicle, and that can mean that the safety kit fitted here isn’t mirrored by the same make and model sold on your side of the pond. Don’t forget, too, that some makes and models (Hyundai and Kia are good examples) often feature Australian input into the suspension and steering settings to make them more palatable to an Australian audience. As a result, the same car without that input (such as the version sold in the US) might drive very differently.

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Hyundai Kona Fuel Consumption

The Hyundai Kona is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Electric, ULP and PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.2L/100km for SUV /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2022 SUV Electric 1 SP AUTO
2022 SUV 6.2L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2022 SUV 9L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2021 SUV Electric 1 SP AUTO
2021 SUV 7.2L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2021 SUV 9L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2020 SUV Electric 1 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 7.2L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2019 SUV Electric 1 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 7.2L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 7.2L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Hyundai Kona Pricing and Specs for 2022

Hyundai Kona Towing Capacity

The Hyundai Kona has maximum towing capacity of 1600kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2022 SUV 0kg 1600kg
2021 SUV 0kg 1600kg
2020 SUV 0kg 1300kg
2019 SUV 0kg 1300kg
2018 SUV 1250kg 1300kg
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Hyundai Kona Seats

The  Hyundai Kona is a five-seat small SUV, and while it is marginally longer than the one it replaces, but it doesn’t really translate into any extra space for passengers. Still, it’s neither the biggest nor smallest in terms of interior space, sitting somewhere in the middle. 

I'm 175cm, and sitting behind my own driving position, I had enough leg room, though headroom is a little tight, and I wouldn't want to spend too much time in the backseat with two other people.

Hyundai Kona Speed

While Hyundai is yet to confirm the zero to 100km/h time, we would estimate the Kona N Line vehicles to complete the sprint in around 7.5 seconds, while the regular cars should take around 8.5 seconds.

Hyundai Kona Wheel Size

The Hyundai Kona has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 205x60 R16 9 for SUV in 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2022 SUV 205x60 R16 9 205x60 R16 9
2021 SUV 205x60 R16 205x60 R16
2020 SUV 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2019 SUV 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2018 SUV 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Hyundai Kona Wheel Sizes