Hyundai want the Kona SUV to be a technology leader in the small SUV class and to achieve that they have included a range of features that were once the domain of larger luxury vehicles.
Standard on the Kona Highlander is a Head-Up Display that projects drive-related information onto a clear glass panel behind the instrument display. It’s designed to give maximum visibility without being distracting and you can turn it off simply by pressing a button.
LED headlights designed to follow the direction that the steering wheel is pointed is also part of the mix along with wireless smartphone charging.
Hyundai Auto Link is also part of the technology suite in the Kona SUV. This handy features connects the Kona to your smartphone and gives you access to everything from real-time diagnostics … including things such as tyre pressure … to automatic access to roadside assistance if needed.
Electrically adjusted driver’s and passenger seats … with a total of 10 adjustment settings … are designed to make things as comfortable as possible for drivers and passengers.
Climate control on the Elite and Highlander models add to the comfort levels and the system features an automatic windscreen defog function for added safety.
Hyundai says that the Kona has plenty of space for five occupants … they don’t actually five adults … and luggage space is limited to just 361 litres with the back seat in place.
However the rear seat can be totally folded and that lifts the luggage space to 1143 litres and the rear seat also has a 60/40 split-fold feature.
Perhaps the mostly interesting interior feature of the Hyundai Kona is the ability for owners to change the height of the boot floor. The lower setting gives more cargo space while the upper setting gives a totally flat loading area when the rear seats are folded.
So will people buy emotion and technology over price point in a very competitive market? We will just have to wait and see.