Hyundai Kona N – Korean racing SUV

Hyundai Kona N – Korean racing SUV

What AMG, R and M are to Mercedes, VW and BMW brands, the abbreviation N is to Hyundai. Hence the Korean car brand’s sports lineup. Now, for the first time, an SUV from the brand has also managed to get N spurs.

According to Hyundai, the SUV was developed to provide customers with uncompromising performance and the SUV’s key features of comfort, convenience and safety as well as the fun-to-drive philosophy of the N brand. Features that the Kona N knows how to fulfill.

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Hyundai Kona N

Price: from € 46,390 plus taxes and fees; Test car price € 46,940 with exterior color Sonic Blue € 550; Hyundai Kona N is available from €46,390.00 NoVA/tax: 14%/€1,969.92 annually Annual warranty: 5 years without mileage restriction, 3 years painting warranty, 12 years against corrosion through Service: every 20,000 km or every year

Technical specifications:
Engine: R4, 16V, turbocharger, particulate filter, 1998 cm³, 206 kW/280 hp at 6000 rpm, maximum torque 392 Nm at 2100-4700 rpm Transmission: Eight-speed automatic: 24 wheel drive High speed: /h Acceleration 0 -100 km/h: 5.5 s Power-to-weight ratio: 5.5 kg/hp WLTP consumption: 8.5 liters VOLKSBLATT test consumption: 8.8 liters CO2 emissions: 194 g/km Euro 6d

Important data:
L/W/H: 4215/1800/1565 mm wheelbase: 2600 mm own/allowed. Gross weight: 1540/2010 kg Trunk: 361-1143 liter towing capacity used / not used. 1600/700 kg Tank: 50 liters (petrol) Tires: 4 x 235/40 R19 96Y on 19″ aluminum

Control systems: ABS/EBV/ESP/ASR/BA/BSD/RSR/ LKA/ACC/RCTA/TPMS Airbags: 7

Like any other car of the group, Kona N already has old works with high-quality equipment. Among other things, almost a complete arsenal of support systems is standard, including light and rain sensors, 19er aluminum, LED lighting, rear camera, leather sports seats, seat heating and cooling, screen 10.25-inch touchscreen, aluminum sports pedals and automatic climate control. control.

The only extra on the price list is the sunroof – and the Sonic Blue metallic paint finish costs an extra 550 euros. The race SUV costs 46,940 euros. In any case, the price-performance ratio is difficult.

But what about the performance ratio on the tarmac? According to the Korean automaker, the Kona N embodies the N philosophy and three common pillars: thirst for curves, everyday sports car and suitability for the race track.

This is also true in general, because the visible SUV desires fast corners, while the two-liter cylinder transmits its maximum 280 hp to the front wheels.

Each of the horses has to carry only 5.5 kg, which is why a 1.5 ton car needs only 5.5 seconds to reach the hundred mark. When it comes to attractiveness, however, the racing SUV quickly reaches its limits, but overall the 1.56 meter long five meter proves to be a sensitive car.

Not only with the brakes, they grab significantly, jerkily and vehemently. Also, don’t expect much comfort from the car. Koreans pass the bumps on the road directly to the residents.

The steering, which is precise and direct, deserves a lot of praise. In the Kona N, the eight-speed double clutch ensures that you always have the right gear, and during moderate driving, the car complies with the 8.5-liter WLTP specification.

For those interested: the crisp SUV also has an eco mode, which has an impact on driving performance, but leaves no impact when it comes to consumption. On the other side of the dial is the spirited Sport mode, which suits the Kona N well.

This is how turbo lag is largely hidden. And if you want to get that extra something out of the car, you can use the car’s NGS functionality. What is that? The so-called N Grin Shift (NGS) is activated by pressing a switch on the steering wheel.

This activation activates a boost function that allows more power and torque for 20 seconds. The remaining day starts working on the dashboard, showing the remaining seconds.

After using the booster, the driver must wait at least 40 seconds to be able to activate it again. With this function, the driver can use the full power of the car with just one button.

What else is good for the car: a well-planned cockpit, good craftsmanship, decent space, good materials, self-explanatory menu navigation for the infotainment system and good seat ergonomics.


Compact SUV with a sporty interpretation.