We tried the 2018 Hyundai Kona at the press launch and then, with more calm, at our home. A very thorough double test to better discover the most fortunate segment of these years, perfectly represented by the Korean crossover. Here is our test
Double test drive for the Hyundai Kona, the great novelty of end 2017 that starts to great and immediately captures the preferences of europe motorists. In a market, that of the SUV of segment B, raised six times in the last six years, the Korean House of the stylized “H” completed the range of the SUV sector with the vehicle that was missing, really appealing and able to immediately attract the consent of anyone who sees it Transit by road, confirmed later with a more thorough visit in the dealership. A success emerged immediately, given the large number of test drives, Ben 1,500, in the first open ports of launch. At the disposal of the drivers there will be another next weekend of 25 and 26 November.
Double Test we said, since the first carried out in Florence City and on the Tuscan hills with the most performance engine, the 1.6 turbo gasoline from 177 HP with automatic transmission with double clutch DCT; The second among the friendly streets of the house, in peace and relaxation, without haste, with the smallest thruster, the 1.0 – a 3-cylinder turbo gasoline with 6-speed manual gearbox – from 120 hp. A truly complete test drive, which has shown everything there was to discover this Hyundai Kona, which is established right in the heart of the B segment of the SUV, that is, the most transversal, i.e suitable very well both to the city and to the countryside, to the roads Suburban and the motorways. The 1.6 double clutch is the no plus ultra in terms of running smoothness and performance in every condition, with proper handling and adequate road sealing; The 1.0 is the Urban Suv snappy and docile in all circumstances, which do not disdain lengthens and motorways, thanks to the cruise control and the numerous security systems. Two different versions in the engines, but not in the contents.
The Hyundai with this product has fully centered the expectations of the clientele, the one ready to make the leap of quality from the sedan or the city car, as well as that already owns an SUV, but revealed too big or too small. The right way out of the way that goes to arm with the needs of millions of motorists, who in recent years have faced this type of vehicle, which is having a huge success a bit everywhere, having managed to give the pay to the station wagon , as well as the minivans.
A very good product, built ex novo on an ad hoc platform in European style, unprecedented, already prepared for diesel engines, which will arrive in summer, as well as electric ones, which will enrich the Hyundai Palmares rich of Ben 180,000 SUV sold in Italy since 2001 (year of the launch of Santa Fe), of which Ben 47,000 of the Tucson model, since its launch in September 2015.
A model of conquest, the Hyundai Kona, which bases its pillars in innovation, technology, and lifestyle, a factor the latter that lately is making strides. This is why the new Korean entry offers attractive and striking lines, with LED projectors and the roof available in two colour variants, to be combined with 10 original body colours, all with almost unprecedented tints and a strong visual impact. Inside the contrasting seams on the seats and steering wheel, as well as the frames around the nozzles, the ignition button and the change lever of the same color as the bodywork, which emphasize a modern spirit.
In short, a compact SUV, also available with 4-wheel drive and automatic transmission with double clutch and 7 ratios, combined with the latest Hyundai powertrains, quiet and efficient. Many of the new Hyundai home debuts on the Kona (the name comes from a district of Big Island, Hawaii, where they run the IronMen in the world Championship of Specialty), as the Head-up Display, which with its balanced and evolved lighting Ensures an even safer and more enjoyable ride; The Multi Media system that allows the use of Apple CarPlay and Android cars on the touch screen 7 ″, thus making connectivity accessible to all, and the audio system Krell, which allows excellent sound quality thanks to the amplifier and 6 speakers.
Very rich and high the package of active safety systems, including that of emergency autonomous braking with detection of vehicles and pedestrians, the system of maintenance of the lane, the static illumination of the corners, the autonomous management of the headlights The Driver attention Warning and the blind angle detector. Do not forget that Hyundai is the only automobile manufacturer in the world that manufactures steel for cars, so that it can develop lighter steels and high impact resistance. The result is a light and sturdy structure that improves dynamic performance and increases passenger safety.
The front of the 2018 Hyundai Kona Design has a futuristic appearance, with elegant and well-defined lines. The front is highly expressive and immediately captures the attention with the captivating look of the “cascading grille”, the famous cascade Grille stylistic motto of Hyundai design, along with the new optical group that accentuates its character, with LED daytime running lights Positioned above the headlights. The style of the bodywork is solid and sturdy, emphasized by the proportions studied for the model and by the alloy rims of 18 ″, very elegant and daring. 4 configurations are available, from Classic to Comfort, from X-Possible to Style, the best equipped.
The Kona is currently available with the two gasoline engines mentioned above, offering excellent performance and limited consumption. In June next year will arrive the new generation of diesel engines, from 115 and 136 hp, with manual transmission and, on request, automatic 7DCT. In parallel will make its debut the 100% electric version, the first zero-emission B-Suv that arrives on the market with an autonomy that reaches 500 km.
In order not to penalise motorists who prefer diesel engines, but at the same time do not want to give up driving a Kona, the Hyundai has made available an excellent financing system on offer launch until 31 December, which facilitates the user In the eventual change in the car in the middle of next year. In practice, you travel with a Kona gasoline Specs for 11 months without any advance and a minimum installment of 269 euros per month, with the possibility of early exit without penalties. When the ordered diesel car arrives you pay the remaining 46% of the list price, less than 10 euro. A great deal is also the final price of launch which, with the total discount of 3,500 euros, costs only 14,950 euros.