July 30, 2020 By Gerard Jude Castillo

Hyundai Kona: More than just a pretty face

It’s often been said that we should not judge a book by its cover. By the same token, we are strongly advised that there’s more to a car than mere appearances. It may look good yet offer crappy performance. And vice-versa.

While many folks may be drawn to offerings like the Hyundai Kona, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc tells us that there is definitely more to this subcompact SUV than just striking looks. And while looks are purely subjective, you must admit that it is a looker, with its cascading grille flanked by halogen headlamps and LED daytime running lights, as well as wing-like fenders that give it a youthful, sporty vibe.

Beyond the looks, however, the little Kona serves up comfort inside the cabin with an interior width of 1,800 mm and a wheelbase that spans 2,600 mm. These dimensions, along with generous amenities, make for a relaxing drive. Hyundai even throws in a Smart Entry System with push-start button for the utmost convenience.

Speaking of the drive, one can choose for it to be soothing or a bit more engaging with the Drive Mode Technology feature. This is matched by a potent yet efficient 2.0-liter Atkinsons four-cylinder motor that puts out 149 bhp @ 6,200rpm and 135 lb-ft @ 4,500rpm.

C!’s instrumented testing shows that the Kona can do the 0-100km/h run in 9.2 seconds and still achieve fuel economy numbers of 11.5km/L in the city and 14km/L on the highway.

More importantly, owners will feel secure knowing that they’re protected with safety tech such as 6 SRS airbags, ABS, Electronic Stability Control, Tire Pressure Monitor, and ISOFIX child seat anchors. It’s all backed with Advanced High Strength Steel that’s lighter yet more durable.

Good looks and equally excellent attributes make the Hyundai Kona worth considering if you’re in the market for a subcompact SUV.

Check out our Test Drives of the Kona and the Kona Ultimate

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