The Hyundai Kona can now be had with a hybrid powertrain as a response to European customer’s strong demand for more eco-friendly SUVs in addition to the Kona Electric.

The hybrid system here is one we are familiar with, the 1.6-litre four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle Kappa GDI and electric motor developing a combined output of 140 hp and 265 Nm of torque, the same one found on the Ioniq Hybrid.

A 6-speed dual clutch transmission is tasked to drive the front wheels exclusively. The heavier SUV-bodied Kona Hybrid (~1,400 kg kerb weight) makes the century sprint slower than the sleek Ioniq, taking 11.6 seconds. Top speed is registered at 160 km/h.

To go with the hybrid powertrain, the Kona Hybrid gets a dedicated ECO-Driving Assist System that uses satellite navigation data to pre-empt the driver and preconditions the battery charge to reduce fuel consumption. For example, if an incline is expected, the petrol engine will pre-charge the battery ahead of the uphill section for the optimal electrical assist going uphill.

Other than that, you’ll find the same Cascading Grille, twin LED headlamps, 18-inch alloys, 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, heads up display, Qi Wireless charging tray, grey headliner and leather seats.

Hyundai’s comprehensive SmartSense Advanced Driver Assist system is also featured on the Kona Hybrid bundling Front Collision Warning with Avoidance Assist for pedestrian and cyclist, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Lane Following Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Warning with Rear Cross-Traffic Warning and Lane Keep Assist.


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Hyundai Kona Hybrid Unveiled


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