Hyundai Kona (2023): more dynamic design for the SUV

After five years on the market, Hyundai introduces the second generation Kona. To SUV is due to start in 2023 and will be offered in four different versions. In addition to the combustion engine with a sporty N-Line branch and a hybrid Kona (HEV), it will SUV again as a fully electric Kona Electro give.


Buy the Hyundai Kona at a discount

The current model is available at a discount at With Kona Elektro, for example, you save an average of 13,100 euros.

The unusual front has a continuous strip of LED lights and a trapezoidal, large air intake with integrated design elements. In addition, Kona uses the “Parametric Pixel Design” elements from the sub-brand Ioniq on. The dynamic design is accentuated by distinctively shaped wheelhouse liners that incorporate the headlamps and taillights.

Hyundai Kona

Two-part light also at the rear: The rear light is integrated into the wheel arch panel together with a continuous strip of lights.

At the rear, the Kona picks up on the front design with the two-part lights. Here, too, the Korean has a continuous strip of light.

New Hyundai Kona has grown a bit

In terms of dimensions, the new Kona has increased somewhat in terms of length SUV grown by about 150 millimeters to 4.35 meters, the 60 millimeters longer wheelbase (now 2.66 meters) should benefit the occupants. In width it has SUV gained another 25 millimeters, now measures almost 1.83 meters.

The interior is much more spacious (update!)

The interior of the new Kona is now more spacious. Thanks to the wheelbase, which has been increased by 60 millimeters, passengers benefit from 77 millimeters more legroom, and shoulder and head height have also increased.

With the rear seat folded down, the luggage compartment can hold up to 723 liters according to the SAE standard. The official VDA information on boot volume is not yet known, but it can be assumed that the cargo volume of the Kona will increase slightly. For comparison: Its predecessor swallows up to 1156 litres.

Hyundai Kona

More space and an airy feeling of space in the interior, the dashboard with the large displays is somewhat reminiscent of the Ioniq 5.

Striking: The gear lever has been moved from the center console behind the steering wheel, and ambient lighting should increase comfort and the driving experience.

Infotainment update via over-the-air update

In terms of infotainment, the new Kona generation benefits from the electric Ioniq 5: digital speedometer and central screen (both 12.3 inches) sit on one level of the dashboard. The control panel in the center console and the ventilation openings are also reminiscent of the large electric SUV.

The maintenance and updating of the infotainment should be easier thanks to over-the-air updates – so no workshop appointments have to be made. In addition, there are a number of new functions, including an individual adjustment of the electric tailgate. Meaning: Customers can set the opening speed and height of the infotainment screen.

New comfort and safety features for Kona

There are also some new assistance systems to increase driving comfort and safety. These include: Autonomous Emergency Brake Assist, Active Lane and Blind Spot Assist, Departure Warning, Intelligent Traffic Sign Recognition, Attention Alert and a navigation-based cruise control.

For safe parking and exit, the new Hyundai Kona offers various technologies such as the Surround View Monitor, the rear cross-traffic alert with emergency braking function, the parking aid (also with emergency braking function) and the parking assistant with remote control.

More power and range are envisaged

As with the current model there is SUV as petrol engine – in addition with a sporty N-Line – full hybrid and Kona electric. In terms of performance, Hyundai currently only provides data for the South Korean market. They range from 141 to 198 hp. For comparison: The current hybrid comes to 141 hpwith the internal combustion engine 120 hp do their job.

Hyundai Kona
On the front, the different variants can be recognized by the different grill designs.

The Kona Electric should have a larger battery and thus a longer range than the previous maximum of 484 kilometers according to WLTP. It can also be assumed that the electric version will charge faster in the future.

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Similar to the performance, the price should also increase somewhat. For comparison: the Kona with combustion engine and 48-volt technology currently costs from 20,750 euros, the hybrid costs at least 28,000 euros. And if you are interested in the electric Kona, you have to put on the table from 36,400 euros.

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