What is it?
If you haven’t been keeping count, this is now the fourth powertrain option to make its way into Hyundai’s popular compact crossover. Petrol, electric and since-retired diesel only provided so much choice - so you can now have your Kona as a hybrid as well.
It’s a familiar setup, with the same 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and 32kW electric motor as the Ioniq hybrid. Both work in parallel via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox to drive the front wheels only, and the small 1.56kWh battery pack recharges itself entirely through braking and coasting.
Multi-link rear suspension is borrowed from the Kona Premium GT, with little else changed mechanically from the petrol car. Only minor exterior tweaks go with the vibrant palette of new colour options.
It’s a similar story inside the cabin, which was already well appointed in petrol guise. The Kona Hybrid does gain Bluelink, Hyundai’s connected car software, for remote unlocking through a smartphone app, along with live traffic, speed camera warnings and fuel prices.