Upholstery & trim
New-generation KONA is available with a Premium Cloth interior in Obsidian Black with an embossed seat pattern, whilst KONA Premium variants are available with a Genuine Leather appointed interior in a choice of three contemporary colours - Obsidian Black, Light Shale Grey and Sage Green.
N Line interior features
All-new KONA’s optional N Line pack interior offers leather appointed seating with genuine Alcantara® inserts, along with red highlights and N logos.
Key N Line interior features include:
- N Line steering wheel
- Leather appointed / Alcantara® seats with N emblem, red highlights & stitching
- Active Red inserts
- Dark Metal door handle
- Black headlining & pillar trims
- Leather appointed dashboard tray
- Dark Metal dash highlights
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.
All-new KONA is built on the new third-generation Hyundai ‘K-platform’ which provides a comfortable ride and sophisticated handling, with NVH performance that transcends the small SUV class.
The modular platform also packages each of KONA’s powertrains for maximum efficiency and safety.
Crash safety is achieved with an energy dissipation structure and a high-rigidity structural design.
A multi load-path double-box front structure allows for the optimal absorption of collision energy and stable front crash performance.
The platform also enhances suspension and steering performance by optimising the steering rack position and mounting structure, to the benefit of steering feel and NVH.
In a Hyundai first, a customised cutting and welding process of 150K- and 180K-class ultra-high-strength steel is applied, such as in the construction of integral 150K floor members, which take the place of the previous 180K front/80K rear members.
A 50 percent increase in the application of hot-stamped parts - from 12 components in previous KONA to 18 - minimises deformation of KONA’s cabin in the event of a collision.
In addition, the body structure average tensile strength is increased by 10 percent, from 65.3 to 72.0 kg/mm3.
New-generation KONA’s side main structure parts utilise thicker and stronger construction to maximise collision robustness, and the connection between the top and bottom of the B pillar reinforcements are strengthened.
All-new KONA substantially reduces wind, powertrain and road noise and vibration compared with the preceding model, to deliver exceptional levels of refinement in its class.
This is achieved through a rigid monocoque optimised to reduce noise transmission and featuring an array of sound insulation and vibration isolation measures.
New-generation KONA features sound-absorbing pads under the carpet and in the luggage area, which minimise road noise intrusion.
Wind noise is minimised by applying upgraded sealing around KONA’s lower doors, and cut-line seals to the side mirror caps, and through the application of a double-laminated sound-insulating acoustic windscreen.
A hydro mounting bush for coupled torsion beam rear suspension variants (2.0 MPi) significantly reduces the transmission of driving vibration and shock.
Multi-link rear suspension variants (1.6 T-GDi AWD & 1.6 GDi Hybrid) also feature vibration-isolating rear subframe bushes.
All-new KONA benefits from a chassis tuning approach that sees Hyundai Australia involved early in the development of a model, providing HMC R&D with input to achieve the chassis characteristics required for the Australian market.
This approach evolved as a natural progression from the local tuning program deployed by Hyundai Australia’s engineering team over the previous decade.
New-generation KONA was put through the local testing programme used to evaluate and sign off each new vehicle. This local program has been honed by Hyundai Australia over many years, and comprises a wide spectrum of challenging local city, highway, country and gravel roads.
“We evaluated pre-production test vehicles very early on and we were extremely pleased with the settings R&D had developed for new KONA,” Hyundai Product Development Manager Tim Rodgers said.
“The quality of the global chassis settings is incredibly high and KONA performed exceptionally across the full range of Australian road conditions,”he said.
“KONA showcases again that R&D is really thinking about each and every market as they’re working through their tuning program.”
All-new KONA utilises a MacPherson strut front suspension with a coupled torsion beam rear suspension for 2.0 MPi variants, and a multi-link rear suspension for 1.6 Turbo all-wheel drive and Hybrid variants.
“The different powertrains and rear suspensions feel more similar to each other than they have in some of our previous models,” Rodgers said.
“The platform has been engineered in such a way that there is a more consistent feel across the range.
“Overall, we believe new-generation KONA feels significantly more refined than the previous generation,” Rodgers said.
“You can feel how far the fundamental design has advanced and the consideration and thought that’s gone into it.
“The way the body resonates after bumps, for example, or even from doors closing, is completely different to any other small car we’ve produced.
“That’s the tangible benefit of the engineering, materials and components that have gone into all-new KONA,” Rodgers said.
Aerodynamic developments for all-new KONA deliver stable high-speed driving performance and energy efficiency benefit while reducing the co-efficient of drag to 0.30 (from the preceding model’s 0.32).
New-generation KONA’s body starts with a roofline that balances rear head room with an aerodynamic downward taper, while from above, a boat tail profile promotes clean flow.
Flow-smoothing underbody components include a front bumper lip, an engine under cover, front wheel deflectors, a centre floor undercover, and rear wheel deflectors.
A front subframe undercover, and a torsion beam undercover (2.0 MPi) come in addition to the aerodynamic underbody components on previous KONA.
An external-type Active Air Flap (AAF) system in the front upper apertures reduces cooling air resistance, and is extended to the lower openings for Hybrid variants.
Side mirrors optimised with a diffuser-like space between the mirror cap and the window glass, and featuring flattened upper and lower sections, also promote smooth airflow.
A ‘stripping trap’ is applied to the sides of the taillight and the top of the rear combination lights to minimise turbulence and reduce air resistance.
The rear spoiler and side garnish are also optimally shaped to balance vertical and horizontal air flow.
All-new KONA is available with three SmartStream powertrains offering everyday versatility, exceptional Hybrid economy and responsiveness, and turbocharged all-wheel drive performance.
SmartStream G2.0 MPi Atkinson
A refined and upgraded SmartStream G2.0 MPi Atkinson powertrain is offered for all-new KONA in entry form.
The unit features dual-continuously variable valve timing (D-CVVT) and a two-stage Variable Intake System (VIS), utilising Atkinson cycle technology to maximise efficiency.
The G2.0 MPi engine is paired with an upgraded SmartStream Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) featuring eight virtual gears and a sequential manual mode, to deliver a familiar driving experience.
SmartStream G1.6 T-GDi AWD
The SmartStream G1.6 T-GDi brings enhanced power, torque and refinement and is paired with all-wheel drive, with the smooth driveability of an all-new eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
The G1.6 T-GDi unit delivers responsive performance and excellent efficiency through the application of continuously variable valve duration (CVVD) technology, which continually optimises the opening duration of the intake valves.
SmartStream 1.6 GDi Hybrid
New-generation KONA’s hybrid powertrain teams a SmartStream G1.6 GDi engine and six-speed dual-clutch transmission with an electric motor, to deliver a driving experience similar to a conventional vehicle, with exceptional 3.9L/100km combined cycle economy.
KONA Hybrid is driven primarily using the petrol engine, with an electric motor - powered by a 1.32kWh battery - providing up to an additional 32kW and 170Nm as required.
Smart regenerative braking lets KONA Hybrid recover braking energy that would be lost in a conventional vehicle, which it uses to recharge the high-voltage battery.
The electric motor’s immediate torque provides the ideal complement to the Atkinson cycle petrol engine, which produces its peaks at higher engine speeds.
The result is a total system output that surpasses an equivalent conventional petrol engine, with outputs of 104kW and 265Nm (engine and electric motor combined), while achieving exceptional efficiency.