Hyundai's assault on the fast-growing compact SUV segment has grown further with the introduction of a diesel variant of the Kona.
The entry-level car is priced from £16,450, while the new variant costs from £19,750. Its arrival means Hyundai's compact SUV, a rival to the Nissan Juke, now has a comprehensive range along with a fresh design.
The diesel car uses a 1.6 CRDi engine offering 113bhp or 134bhp, and drives the front wheels exclusively. The entry price is for entry-level SE cars, although the Kona, which shares a platform with sister firm Kia’s Stonic, comes in five trim levels: S, SE, Premium, Premium SE and Premium GT.
The Kona is also available with a choice of two turbocharged petrol engines: a 115bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit and a 123bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit.
The 1.0 enables a 0-62mph time of 12.0sec and a top speed of 112mph. It produces 127lb ft of torque at 1500-4000rpm. The more powerful 1.6 has 174bhp with 195lb ft of torque at 1500-4000rpm. It can achieve 0-62mph in 7.9sec, with a top speed of 127mph.
A six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic are available, as is all-wheel drive — although front-wheel drive is standard. When fitted with the seven-speed 'box, two driver modes are offered: Normal and Sport, the latter of which holds onto gears for longer between shifts.
There is also a fully electric version of the Kona that, when the UK Government's plug-in grant is applied, costs from £24,995.
In entry-level form, the Kona, which sits below the Santa Fe and Tucson in Hyundai’s SUV line-up, gets 16in alloy wheels, air conditioning and cruise control, as well as a 5.0in LCD display and a DAB radio. Higher-spec models get 17in or 18in wheels and an 8.0in touchscreen complete with satellite navigation — all of which are optional for cheaper models.
In some markets, the Kona will also be offered with a 2.0-litre MPI Atkinson engine, although this won't be coming to Europe.