Car Trivia of the Week: 3 Things You Didn’t Know About the Hyundai Kona
Updated on September 30 2023
The Hyundai Kona is hard to miss on Philippine roads. It was among the first production vehicles to shatter expectations of what a car should resemble. Besides its quirky styling, the Kona offers plenty of features for the money. It remains a popular choice in the compact crossover segment and competes with other stalwarts like the Honda HR-V, Ford Ecosport, and Kia Stonic.
However, there are many interesting tidbits about the Hyundai Kona that most Pinoys may not know. For starters, the Kona is available with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine in other markets, generating 195 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Here are the top 3 things you didn’t know about the Hyundai Kona.
Top 3 Hyundai Kona Facts
1. The Kona is riding on a modified Elantra platform.
First debuting in concept form in 2017, the Hyundai Kona is the first production Hyundai vehicle to utilize Hyundai-Kia’s B-SUV platform, a high-strength steel architecture derived from the previous-gen Elantra’s J5 underpinnings.
But unlike the Elantra, the Kona’s B-SUV architecture can support electrified powertrains and all-wheel drivetrains. It also has a dual-arm multi-link rear independent suspension to deliver better handling and better ride comfort.
2. The Kona Electric offers 415 km of range.
We’re still waiting for the Philippine government to fast-track the widespread implementation of all-electric vehicles or EVs. In a recent article by Bloomberg, Thailand is planning to phase out gasoline cars by 2035, and the Thai government is working on tax incentives and new regulations to make it a reality.
We have no idea when the Philippines will start embracing the EV bandwagon, but there’s a strong reason why we should do it sooner than later. Most carmakers are now offering all-electric variants in their respective portfolios, and among the most popular is the Hyundai Kona Electric.
The all-electric version of the Kona initially came with two battery choices: 39.2 kWh and 64 kWh. However, the 2022 Kona Electric is only available with the larger battery option. Equipped with a single front-mounted electric motor and front-wheel drive, the Kona Electric is good for 415 km (258 miles) of range in a single full charge. It also has a standard Level 2 charger that replenishes the lithium-ion battery pack from ten to 100-percent in around nine hours.
But there’s a catch. In the United States, the Kona Electric starts at around $38,000 before tax incentives, which equals roughly ₱1.9-million based on current exchange rates.
3. Hyundai recently debuted the high-performance Kona N.
Other markets get a Kona N Line model with a standard turbo engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, and many go-fast exterior trimmings like a lip spoiler, dual exhaust tips, and body-color wheel arches. It all sounds nice, but Hyundai has a spicier and even faster version of the Kona called the Kona N.
Yes, the Kona N is the highest-performing variant of Hyundai’s small SUV. It has the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the hotrod Veloster N hatchback, pumping out 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Equipped with the Performance Pack, the Kona N can pump out up to 276 horsepower!
It also has an eight-speed wet dual-clutch automatic gearbox with two electric oil pumps and several track-oriented features like N Power Shift (NPS), N Grin Shift (NGS), and N Track Sense Shift. All told, the Hyundai Kona N can go from zero to 60 mph (zero to 97 kph) in under six seconds.
Hyundai Kona – Philippine Spec
Here in the Philippines, the Hyundai Kona has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. The engine has a six-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels. The Kona also comes with six airbags, anti-lock brakes, tire pressure monitoring, and ISOFIX child seat tethers.
Crossover SUVs will typically cost more than a small sedan like the Mitsubishi Mirage or Toyota Vios. But if you shop at Automart.Ph, you can find a used or repossessed Hyundai Kona with low mileage and a lower price.