The bigger, bolder and more refined all-new KONA is here to set a new small SUV standard, with its futuristic design and spacious and versatile cabin packed with leading-edge technology.
New-Generation KONA 2.0 petrol and 1.6 turbo AWD are available now, with Hybrid and EV variants set to launch in Q4 this year.
An EV-led design for all-new KONA is headlined by seamless horizon lighting and signature separated headlights, with Active Air Flaps in place of a conventional grille.
All-new KONA’s bold new body is also bigger, bringing expanded cabin and cargo space to build on the model’s renowned practicality and versatility.
With one of the best-in-class cabin spaces, KONA’s 2nd row passengers benefit from 77mm longer leg room and 11mm higher headroom when compared to the previous generation. Second-row shoulder room (1,402mm) is also among the largest in its class, providing the best habitability in ‘living space’ rear for passengers.
Creating a heightened ambience inside all-new KONA is a new ‘floating’ horizontal dashboard along with key features such as the 12.3-inch multimedia system and Shift by Wire drive selector.
All KONA models feature 18-inch alloy wheel as standard, LED headlights and taillights, and dual-zone climate control. Premium variants come with the added appeal of a BOSE™ 8 speaker premium audio and power tailgate.
The convenience, safety and security of Bluelink connected car services are standard in all-new KONA along with Over-The-Air (OTA) update capability.
An extensive suite of SmartSenseTM advanced active safety and driver assistance features come standard in KONA, including FCA powered two-wheeler detection (stationary and moving motorcycles) which is a segment first. Premium variants add Parking Collision Avoidance Assist-Reverse (PCA-R), Blind Spot View Monitor (BVM) and Surround View Monitor (SVM).
Hyundai’s front centre-side airbag is part of a standard seven-airbag suite.
All-new KONA Hybrid teams a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a battery electric system to deliver robust performance with exceptional 3.9L/100km combined cycle fuel economy.
With 104kW and 265Nm, KONA Hybrid has flexibility, performance and torque to make the most of the model’s 1,300kg braked towing capacity.
The Hybrid powertrain joins upgraded SmartStream 2.0-litre and 1.6-litre turbo petrol engines, the latter paired with all-wheel drive and a new-to-KONA eight-speed automatic.
New-generation KONA takes a concerted stride in refinement thanks to an array of noise and vibration isolation measures, from the rigid body structure to absorption materials, a sound-insulating acoustic windscreen, and redesigned rear suspension mounting bushes.
“In the space of a generation KONA has become one of the best-selling small SUVs and is now among our most successful nameplates,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ted Lee.
“All-new KONA scales new heights with its futuristic EV-like styling, roomy interior, full suite of safety features and class-leading connectivity and convenience technologies, to give customers a compelling small SUV,” he said.
All-new KONA is available in a simple yet highly equipped two trim line-up, consisting of KONA and KONA Premium variants.
These are enhanced by the availability of an optional N Line pack, which gives new-generation KONA more dynamic exterior and interior styling.
A choice of three powertrains is offered across the range to cater to a wide audience of KONA customers.
The SmartStream powertrain line-up consists of a G2.0 MPi petrol driving the front wheels via an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), a G1.6 T-GDi AWD turbo petrol adopting a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and G1.6 GDi petrol/electric Hybrid driving the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Power and Fuel Consumption
|G2.0 MPi 2WD
|G1.6 T-GDi AWD
|G1.6 GDi Hybrid 2WD
|+ N Line pack
|+ N Line pack
|1.6 GDi Hybrid
|6 speed dual clutch
|1.6 T-GDi AWD
|8 speed automatic
|Wide glass sunroof
|Metallic / Mica premium paint
|Light Shale Grey / Sage Green interior
Note: All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) and include Luxury Car Tax (LCT) where applicable. Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs.
Lifetime Service Plan pricing
|Cost (incl. GST)
|1.6 T-GDi AWD
|Cost (incl. GST)
|1.6 GDi Hybrid
|Cost (incl. GST)
New-generation KONA brings a comprehensive suite of SmartSenseTM advanced active safety and driver assistance technologies.
There are seven airbags in all-new KONA, including a front centre side airbag. Mounted in the left side of the driver’s seat backrest, it can prevent or reduce the severity of injuries caused by collisions between the front occupants, or collisions between occupants and interior components, in the event of a side impact collision.
SmartSense™ Safety Technologies
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) – two-wheeler detection
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) monitors for vehicles, motorbikes, pedestrians or cyclists that pose a potential collision risk alerting the driver with a chime and a warning in the instrument cluster.
The system is underpinned by inputs from the front radar sensor and windscreen-mounted camera.
In addition, FCA can automatically apply KONA’s brakes as a collision avoidance or mitigation manoeuvre when no driver intervention is detected after a FCA system warning.
New for KONA is a Junction Turning function (FCA-JT) which helps avoid a collision with an oncoming vehicle in an adjacent lane when KONA is turning right at an intersection with the indicator on.
And a Direct Oncoming function (FCA-DO) mitigates collision damage with oncoming traffic that has crossed into the vehicle’s lane – another safety first for KONA.
Forward Attention Warning (FAW)
Forward Attention Warning (FAW) monitors the driver’s condition, detects careless/distracted and drowsy driving and issues audible and visual alert.
The driver’s face, head position/direction, and eye tracking/opening/closing state are detected using an in-cabin infra-red camera.
- Vehicle speed: over 10 km/h
- Monitors following:
- Short Distraction (more than 3 seconds)
- Long distraction (more than 10 seconds)
- Drowsiness Karolinska Sleepiness Scale (KSS) level higher than 8
- Micro-sleep (eyes closed for more than 2 seconds)
- Sleep (eyes closed for more than 3 seconds)
Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)
Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) helps avoid a collision with a vehicle in KONA’s blind-spot zone when changing lanes. If a collision risk is present when an indicator is operated to change lanes, BCA will issue a warning. After the warning, if the risk of collision increases, BCA will automatically control the vehicle to help avoid a collision.
Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) automatically warns driver if there is a risk of a collision with a detected vehicle in the blind-spot when changing lanes. Additionally, BCA also helps avoid collisions with vehicles in blind-spot when exiting a parallel parking spot.
- Vehicle speed: above 20 km/h
- Steering angle: -30 to +30 degrees
- Conditions for control: Lane recognition of both edges, collision risk within 1.5m rear of B-pillar
Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM)
The Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM) projects an image of KONA’s blind-spot zone on the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display whenever a turn signal is operated, using cameras mounted in the exterior mirrors.
BVM assists in carrying out safer lane changes, by increasing the driver’s field of vision compared with conventional mirrors.
Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
The Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system analyses the driver’s attention level and can audibly and visually warn the driver if the system senses that they are inattentive.
Additionally the Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA) also provides an audible and visual alert to the driver when a leading vehicle departs during a stop.
High Beam Assist (HBA)
A High Beam Assist (HBA) system allows the vehicle to automatically activate the high beam dependant on ambient light and general illuminance to improve visibility.
They system will automatically switch to low beam when the headlights of oncoming cars, or taillights of the vehicle in front are detected to avoid dazzling other road users.
Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA)
The Intelligent Speed Limit Assist system provides an audible and visual warning when detected speed limits are exceeded. Additionally, ISLA can assist in updating the Smart Cruise Control set speed to the posted speed limit when a speed limit change is detected.
- Detection: front camera or navigation
- Speed limit signs: 10-140 km/h
- Signs detected: school zone, stop, do not pass, do not enter, roundabout, curve etc.
Lane Following Assist (LFA)
Lane Following Assist (LFA) uses the front-mounted camera to monitor vehicles ahead and establish the centerline of the lane, to provide steering assistance to help keep KONA in the centre of the lane.
In addition, the system will provide a safety alert if it detects that the driver is not holding the steering wheel.
Lane Keeping Assist – Line/Road-Edge (LKA-L/R)
The Lane Keeping Assist function will warn the driver if the vehicle strays from the intended lane without the indicators being activated, using audible and visual alerts and a haptic (steering vibration) prompt.
The system uses the windscreen-mounted camera to detect the lane marking or the edge of the road and monitors the vehicle’s relative position.
If the driver does not respond with corrective steering input, the system will apply a counter-steering input to attempt to prevent KONA from moving out of the lane.
Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist-Reverse (PCA-R)
Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist-Reverse helps prevent low-speed collisions with pedestrians or obstacles when reversing.
PCA-R uses a high-definition camera and ultrasonic sensors to detect pedestrians or obstacles. If a potential collision is detected, the system will give the driver visual and audible alerts, and assist with braking if necessary to help prevent the collision.
Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
KONA’s Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) system actively mitigates potential collisions when reversing into the path of traffic. If a potential risk is detected, the system will issue audible and visual driver alerts.
In the event the driver does not respond to a warning, the system can bring KONA to a stop as a preventative measure.
Rear Occupant Alert (ROA)
The Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) system aims to prevent the unintentional locking in or leaving behind of occupants in KONA.
If the system has registered that a rear door was opened, it will alert the driver to check the rear seats when they turn off KONA.
Safe Exit Warning (SEW)
The Safe Exit Warning (SEW) helps occupants exit in a safe manner. When KONA is stopped, or travelling at 3km/h or below, and SEW is active, the system uses the radar sensors at each side of the rear bumper to detect vehicles approaching from the rear.
If a vehicle is detected, and a door is opened, the system will sound an alert and display a warning.
The system stays operational for up to three minutes after KONA is turned off and can issue an alert once per door.
Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go
KONA’s Smart Cruise Control (SCC) system automatically maintains a safe following distance during cruise control driving.
The Stop & Go function works in stop/start traffic, bringing KONA to a complete stop when appropriate, and automatically accelerating it back to the set speed.
If the vehicle is stationary for more than three seconds, SCC will prompt the driver to continue via the steering wheel pause/resume or plus/minus switch or by depressing the accelerator pedal.
Distance to the vehicle ahead can be conveniently adjusted in four stages using the vehicle distance button on the steering wheel.
3D Surround View Monitor (SVM)
KONA’s Surround View Monitor (SVM) system lets the driver see a full 3D 360-degree view of the vehicle and any obstacles surrounding it.
The high-definition display provides superb accuracy with the benefit of variable camera guide-lines linked to steering angle, and through automatic view calibration of the image while driving.
In addition to the 3D view function, the SVM lets the driver select viewing modes such as front, rear and front/rear side views, top-down view with tailgate guide-lines and trailer connection and car wash entering modes, and front and rear wide views, each designed to maximise driver confidence and convenience while parking.
Additional Safety Features
Multi anti-Collision Brake (MCB)
New to KONA is Multi anti-Collision Brake (MCB) which applies the brakes to prevent or reduce or mitigate a subsequent impact when the vehicle has been involved in a collision.
Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) helps warn surrounding traffic when the KONA driver deploys emergency braking.
The system flashes the brake lights during emergency braking to warn the drivers of vehicles behind, and can automatically activate the hazard lights as a further visual warning to surrounding drivers.
Manual Speed Limit Assist (MSLA)
KONA’s Manual Speed Limit Assist (MSLA) function assists the driver in pre-setting a speed limit for the vehicle, which is helpful in situations with reduced speed limits, such as school zones or roadworks.
Parking Distance Warning (PDW-F/R & F/S/R)
Parking Distance Warning – Front/Side/Rear is a parking safety function that provides a warning to avoid a collision with pedestrians and objects around the vehicle while stopping or low speed driving.
New for KONA are the addition of side parking sensors with side guidance display on Premium variants.
The all-new KONA also introduces for the first-time dynamic contour parking guidance, giving a more realistic visual parking aid via the infotainment screen, for superior parking convenience.
Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA)
A Remote Smart Parking Assist feature lets users manoeuvre KONA forward or backward into parking spaces using controls on the Smart Key.
Once parked, KONA can be switched off and locked without the need to re-enter the vehicle.
RSPA utilises KONA’s ultrasonic sensors and will pause a parking manoeuvre if it detects an object in its path.
Steering wheel with haptic feedback – SmartSense™ functions
The steering wheel in KONA provides haptic (vibration) feedback for the delivery of SmartSenseTM driver assistance warnings.
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
A Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) alerts the driver if a tyre pressure is out of the normal range, as well as providing individual tyre pressure readouts.
Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS)
To assist in pedestrian safety, the all-new KONA Hybrid features a Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS) which generates a futuristic virtual ‘engine’ sound for pedestrians to hear due to the silent nature of KONA’s hybrid powertrain. This virtual sound is played at low vehicle speeds through an externally mounted speaker located at the front of the vehicle.
The VESS will always be active if the vehicle is in its ready mode as long as the transmission is not in P (Park). When the transmission is shifted to R (Reverse), an additional warning chime sound will be generated to further warn pedestrians.