Hyundai's funky crossover is now available in hybrid form. Asides being available with a standard engine and as a pure electric vehicle, there is now also the Kona Hybrid. It serves as the latest variant in the Kona family range and is aimed at delivering a more fuel efficient drive.
Let's start with the exterior changes on the Kona Hybrid...or lack thereof. Despite being a new model offering, the new hybrid looks the same as the standard Kona. The only differences it carries are the 'hybrid' badging on the tailgate, as well as a choice of new alloy wheel designs that are available in 16- or 18-inch sizes.
While it may look the same on the outside, it's underneath where it received plenty of changes.
Pop the hood and you'll see a 1.6-liter GDI inline-four that is helped along by an electric motor. The engine alone produces a modest 105 PS and 147 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the electric motor generates 43.5 PS along with 170 Nm of torque. Combined, the Kona Hybrid has a system output of 140 PS and 265 Nm of torque. Power is then transferred to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Compared to the 2.0-liter model we get locally, the Kona Hybrid has 85 Nm more pulling power, but has 9 PS less. Regardless, since the hybrid gets a helping hand from electrification, Hyundai claims this Kona has a combined average fuel consumption of over 25 km/l. It also emits less carbon dioxide at 90 g per km. 0 – 100 km/h comes in at 11.2 seconds while top speed is rated at 160 km/h.
Besides making the Kona more efficient and environmentally-friendly, Hyundai was also busy giving it a slightly better interior. While it comes standard with a 7-inch infotainment display, an optional 10.25-inch split touchscreen is available. It comes with Hyundai's BlueLink system, voice recognition, and has the ability to display widgets / icons much like a smartphone. Both media systems also come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as wireless phone charging.
As an added touch, the Kona's interior can be specified with four color packs that spruce up the interior; black and white, orange, lime, and red.
There's also an upgraded safety package dubbed SmartSense technology. With it, the Hyundai Kona can come with the following: front-collision warning with avoidance assist, smart cruise control with stop & go, lane-following assist, speed limit warning, blind-spot collision warning, rear-cross traffic collision warning, driver attention warning, lane-keeping assist and high beam assist.
With the European market the first to get their hands on the Kona Hybrid, it might be awhile before Hyundai launches their latest hybrid in other global markets. Here's to hoping that they make it available for the Philippine market as well.