Hyundai Kona 1.6 GLS Turbo Review
Kona the Suburban

clifford chow
13 Apr 2018

but in my lens, the Kona really is as Hawaiian as a Hawaiian pizza (which according to popular belief, was really invented in Canada by a Greek)

Hyundai’s new compact crossover, the Kona brings fun back onto motoring. With its funky stacked headlamp design, guards over the wheels and the rest of the body for a more rugged look, the Kona certainly turns heads! And we can confirm that with curious looks and smiles from pedestrians while at the lights. This is not the first time the Korean manufacturer produced something this funky from their factories. Their Veloster hatch featured design cues from another planet, and an unequal number of doors on both sides.

The Kona moniker is derived from a large district in the Western side of the island of Hawaii, but in my lens, the Kona really is as Hawaiian as a Hawaiian pizza (which according to popular belief, was really invented in Canada by a Greek).

Slightly smaller in-size than its Tucson  sibling, and lower in height, the Kona’s unconventional styling is aimed at the younger SUV/Crossover buyer. Together with the likes of the equally unconventional Toyota C-HR, and the SEAT Arona, it is not surprising that Hyundai’s entry targets the very same market as they do.

A closer look at the pinched front grille reveals similar design cues shared by newer Hyundai SUVs, and on the whole, with its slit-style lamps, does present a face which resembles something along of Iron Man’s mask.

From the side, there are plastic wheel guards, which are integrated with the head and tail lights, to emphasise the rugged intent this car has been built for… or is it rugged in the first place?

At the rear too, there is plenty of activity, with more complex pressed metal, slim lamp covers and bits of faux scruff plates. That said, the car is genuinely pretty.

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Engine Capacity 1591cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 174bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 265Nm @ 4000rpm


Acceleration 7.9s (0-100 km/h)
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DSG
Drive Type F4
Steering Electric


Body Type SUV
(L x W x H)
(4165 x 2052 x 1550) mm
Wheelbase 2600 mm
Boot Capacity 361 L
Boot Capacity (folded) 1143 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs