Hyundai Kona: on my street. Red. First time up close. Details?
Here’s a photo study of the car. As a slide show. The captions say a bit, the shapes a bit more. Why not have a close look at the pictures:
The interior is black with black cloth. These cars are exactly analogous to the over-styled personal coupés of the 1970s. Hyundai clearly believes this is what customers want, an excess of styling and not so much functionality. Some of the Kona models have 4×4. Like Citroën’s C5 and its unbought hydropneumatic suspension, I doubt many Konas will have 4×4 at all.”The 1.0 litre will account for the bulk of UK sales and comes with a six-speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels,” scribbles Autocropley.
For engines, your choice is 1.0, 1.6 and 2.0. I am reminded of the 1.3 litre 4 cylinder Capris that Ford sold in the 1970s. Unlike the American personal coupés, at least the Capri was reasonably quietly styled. The Kona is supposed to compete against the Nissan Juke and Toyota C.HR so it’s ornate. It’s not ornate enough.
WhatCar??? writes ruefully “It’s fair to say What Car? is looking more like What Small SUV? of late. The British public can’t get enough of them and car manufacturers are only too happy to jack up the traditional hatchback in search of sales” before awarding the Kona three out of five stars. “It’s probably the most outrageously styled Hyundai the world has ever seen,” writes TopGear, before going on to give it three out of five stars.
Car and Driver give the Kona four out of five stars but we will never find out why. Autocropley hand out four out of five stars. “Ignore the propaganda about a ‘true SUV’ – there is nothing sporty about the Kona’s coarse 1.6-litre engine and little utility in the small boot and compact rear seats”, says Car Magazine before awarding three out of five stars. 1476 kg and a 1.0 litre engine. Yes, it is pretty much a Capri for our times. People haven’t changed so much, I suppose.
**Note the small chamfer next to the black cladding. Do you know what that is called? Too much overkill.