New Hyundai Kona Hybrid prices confirmed

Prices for the new, petrol-powered Kona Hybrid have been announced, with sales set to start in late September

The new Hyundai Kona Hybrid SUV will cost from £22,495, the company has confirmed, with sales beginning in late September.

In entry-level SE trim, the Kona Hybrid features a seven-inch touchscreen, climate control, smartphone connectivity (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), plus an electric parking brake as standard.

Also included are 16-inch wheels, white accents on the air vents and gearlever surround, white stitching on the seats, as well as rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and lane-keeping assistance.

Meanwhile, the mid-range Kona Hybrid Premium costs £24,295. It upgrades the touchscreen to a 10.25-inch unit, with keyless entry, wireless smartphone charging, automatic windscreen wipers and foglights, a KRELL premium sound system and 18-inch wheels thrown in, too.

The top-of-the-range Kona Hybrid Premium SE is priced at £27,195: it adds LED headlights and tail-lights, a high-beam assistance system, a head-up display and front seats that are heated, ventilated and power-adjustable.

Automatic emergency braking (AEB), blind-spot monitoring and intelligent speed-limit warning safety systems are also included as standard on top-spec cars.

Hyundai’s suit of ‘SmartSense’ active safety technology is offered as an optional extra. It costs £550, £950 and £400 on SE, Premium and Premium SE trims respectively, in each case unlocking additional features that aren’t included as standard at each level.

Hyundai Kona Hybrid engine and performance

The Hyundai Kona Hybrid features a 1.6-litre petrol engine and an electric motor. The ‘full hybrid’ – the name given to non-plug-in vehicles capable of travelling short distances under electric power – produces a combined 139bhp.

On the base-spec car’s 16-inch wheels, this results in a 0-62mph figure of 11.2 seconds and a top speed of 115mph. CO2 emissions are rated at 90g/km for SE versions of the Kona Hybrid, rising to 99g/km for Premium and Premium SE vehicles on 18-inch wheels. Similarly, fuel economy starts at 56.5mpg and falls to 52.3mpg for cars with bigger wheels.

A 1.56kWh battery is charged by a combination of the engine and regenerative braking. As with most hybrids, the electric range is unlikely to be much more than a mile.

Interior and technology

While the exterior is largely unchanged from the Kona Electric, inside, the Kona Hybrid has been set apart: in addition to the white accents, there are black highlights on the doorhandles, steering-wheel spokes and elsewhere.

Standard versions of the Kona Hybrid get black seats lined with woven cloth and white stitching, while higher trims gain a leather trim throughout.

With eight paint colours to choose from, customers also get a five-year free subscription to Hyundai LIVE services (providing traffic and weather updates as well as local fuel pricing information) in addition to the company’s unlimited-mileage/five-year warranty.