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The Hyundai Kona is a five door subcompact crossover SUV designed by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai that was shown for the first time in June 2017. The production version made its debut later that year. The Kona electric or Kona EV, the world's first fully electric subcompact crossover SUV, was first launched in South Korea on the first half of 2018 and rolled out gradually worldwide afterwards.

Hyundai Kona
2018 Hyundai Kona (OS MY18) Active 2WD wagon (2018-10-12) 01.jpg
ManufacturerHyundai Motor Company
Also calledHyundai Kauai (Portugal)[1]
Hyundai Encino (China)[2]
AssemblySouth Korea: Ulsan
China: Beijing (Beijing Hyundai)
DesignerLuc Donckerwolke
Kevin Kang (Interior)
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact crossover SUV (B-Suv)
All-electric crossover SUV (B-Suv)
Body style5-door SUV
RelatedHyundai i20 (GB)
Kia Stonic
Kia Rio (YB)
Kia KX Cross
Engine1.0 T-GDI Kappa (petrol)
1.6 T-GDI Gamma (petrol)
2.0 MPI Nu (petrol)
1.6 L U-Line CRDi I4 (diesel)
Electric motorFront-engine rear-battery Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (136PS: Electric Lite / 204PS: Electric)
Transmission6 speed manual
6 speed auto
7 speed DCT
1-Speed Reduction Gear
Battery64 kWh / 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery (Kona Electric)
Wheelbase2,600 mm (102.4 in)
Length4,165 mm (164.0 in)
Width1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Height1,565 mm (61.6 in)
Curb weight1,233–1,350 kg (2,718–2,976 lb) (1.0T)
1,290–1,383 kg (2,844–3,049 lb) (2.0)
1,401–1,507 kg (3,089–3,322 lb) (1.6T)

Both the electric and non electric versions were announced as the winners of the 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, the first for a subcompact crossover SUV in its award history.[3] The Kona has a range of 470 kilometres (290 mi).[4] Real-world range tests conducted by What Car in early 2019 found that the Kona has the highest real-world range of any commercial electric car.[5]



The Kona is named after the western district of the island of Hawai'i.[6]

Alternative namesEdit

The car will be sold in Portugal as the Hyundai Kauai,[7] as Kona is too similar to cona, the taboo slang word for the female genitalia in Portuguese[1]. Like Kona, Kauai is a place in Hawaii. It's also Hawaiian for 'Lady'.

In the People's Republic of China, the car will be released as the Hyundai Encino.[2][8]


From launch, the Kona became available with a 1.0 litre, turbocharged direct injection petrol engine producing 120 hp, or a 1.6 litre turbocharged direct injection petrol engine producing 177 hp, with 4x4 all wheel drive available on selected models.[9] The Kona is only AWD for the top model in some countries.

Model Year Power Torque 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)
Top speed
1.0L Kappa Turbo 2018–present 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @ 6000 rpm 17.5 kg⋅m (172 N⋅m; 127 lbf⋅ft) @ 1500–4000 rpm
  • 12.0s (Manual)
  • 181 km/h (112 mph) (Manual)
2.0L Nu MPi 2018–present 149 PS (110 kW; 147 hp) @ 6200 rpm 18.4 kg⋅m (180 N⋅m; 133 lbf⋅ft) @ 4500 rpm
1.6L U2 Turbo Diesel 2018–present 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) @ 4000 rpm 30.6 kg⋅m (300 N⋅m; 221 lbf⋅ft) @ 1750–2500 rpm
1.6L Gamma Turbo 2018–present 177 PS (130 kW; 175 hp) @ 5500 rpm 27.0 kg⋅m (265 N⋅m; 195 lbf⋅ft) @ 1500–4500 rpm
  • 7.9s (DCT)
  • 205 km/h (127 mph) (DCT)
Electric Lite 2018–present 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) 40.15 kg⋅m (394 N⋅m; 290 lbf⋅ft)
  • 9.7s
  • 155 km/h (96 mph)
Electric 2018–present 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) 40.15 kg⋅m (394 N⋅m; 290 lbf⋅ft)
  • 7.6s
  • 167 km/h (104 mph)

Kona ElectricEdit

Hyundai Kona Electric (EV) is the battery electric version of the Kona. The sales started in Korea and Europe in 2018, with a market debut in the United States in 2019.[10][11][12]

It is available in two battery versions: 39.2 kWh and 64 kWh.[13] On 9 july 2019 (IST) Hyundai launched "Electric Lite" version as Kona Electric in India.

The "ultimate" trim features adaptive cruise control[14] and along with lane centering[15][16] means this vehicle meets the SAE standard for Level 2 driverless.

Special editionsEdit

Kona Iron Man Special Edition
In 2019, Hyundai released a special Iron Man edition Kona to promote Avengers: Endgame. The limited edition Kona is finished in matte gray with red accents and features blue daytime running lights, Stark Industries graphics, an Iron Man-themed instrument cluster, and Tony Stark's signature on the dashboard.[17][18]


The Hyundai Kona body is made from 51% advanced high strength steel with 'hot stamping' and adhesives for added rigidity.[19] Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, lane keeping assist and a driver attention monitor. Other features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot detection and a rear cross traffic alert.[20]

Euro NCAP test results
Hyundai Kona w/ standard equipment (2017)[21]
Test Points %
Adult occupant: 33.4 87%
Child occupant: 41.8 85%
Pedestrian: 26.4 62%
Safety assist: 7.2 60%


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  10. ^ "Electric cars and crossovers: Here's what we expect in the next 5 years". Autoweek. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Kona Electric SUV From Hyundai May Have 210 Mile Range [Hot!] - CleanTechnica". Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Hyundai Kona EV with 240 mile electric range will debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show - Cars UK". 25 September 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Hyundai Kona Electric gets official EPA range of 258 miles and efficiency of 120 MPGe". Electrek. 2018-08-20. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  14. ^ "KONA Electric - Sign Up for Email Updates | Hyundai USA". Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  15. ^ "Hyundai Kona Electric is 292-mile range, 7.6 sec 0-62mph time – World News, Breaking News". Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  16. ^ "I just drove 110 miles on LFA (Lane Follow Assist) and Smart Cruise control in the Hyundai Kona EV and I'm impressed (a Tesla owner reviews the Kona)". Will Fealey. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
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  19. ^ "All-New Hyundai Kona | Prices, Launch Date & Specs". Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  20. ^ "New Hyundai Kona revealed". What Car?. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  21. ^ "Hyundai Kona (with Standard Equipment)". Euro NCAP. Retrieved 2018-02-11.

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