There’s a funky fresh new kid on the block in Malaysia’s hottest segment and unlike Proton’s latest golden egg, the new Hyundai Kona comes with two different engine options to choose from. There are 3 variants available – the 2.0, the 2.0 Active, and 1.6 Turbo.

The 2.0-litre models come with 149 hp and 180 Nm and are fitted with a 6-speed automatic transmission while the more powerful 1.6 Turbo model will offer 177 hp and 165 Nm at your disposal. With a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, rest assured acceleration will be smooth with brisk gear changes.

As for equipment, the higher spec models will come with LED headlamps, while the base model makes do with halogen projector headlamps. Depending on which variant you get, the Kona will come with either 17-inch or 18-inch wheels. As for the dual tone exterior with a blacked out roof and roof rack, that’s exclusive to the 1.6 Turbo model.

The Kona gets even funkier on the inside. Depending on the colour of your exterior, the Kona’s interior trims will come with a contrasting colour. The base model will get full fabric upholstery while the top spec 1.6 Turbo model comes with full leather.

Opt for the top two variants and you’d get a larger digital display on the instrument cluster, 8-way powered driver seat, and a head-0up display. Standard across the board include the 7-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 6 speakers, automatic headlamp feature, a tyre pressure monitoring system, two USB ports, reverse camera, and cruise control.

All variants are equipped with 6 airbags, however only the 1.6 Turbo model gets adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning, and autonomous emergency braking.

Prices for the Kona start from RM123,888 for the 2.0, RM 138,888 for the 2.0 Active, and finally RM151,888 for the 1.6 Turbo. To sweeten the deal, HSDM is offering a “special introductory price” of RM115,888 for the 2.0, RM130,888 for the 2.0 Active, and RM143,888 for the 1.6 Turbo. You and I both know why.


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Pan Eu Jin
Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.