2020 Hyundai Kona facelift ushers-in new look

A sharp new look for the Hyundai Kona SUV with petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric versions as well as a hot 'N' badged model

Hyundai has revealed a heavily facelifted Kona, complete with a sporty N Line trim level. A new front grille is the highlight of the external revisions; it’s joined by a reshaped bumper, slimmer LED running lights and new-look headlights lower down. Around the back, the tail-light signatures have been updated and there’s a slight redesign of the rear bumper.

Inside, design changes are limited to a redesigned centre console, an electronic parking brake and new trim elements. There’s also new technology. A 10.25-inch digital instrument panel is available on the Kona for the first time, lifted from the new i20 supermini. Also, the car’s standard touchscreen has been expanded from seven to eight inches and gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; driver-assistance features have been updated to the brand’s latest standard. 

The new range-topping petrol variant uses a 1.6-litre turbocharged T-GDI four-cylinder engine with 195bhp and sends drive to the front wheels or all four via a seven-speed automatic gearbox. Meanwhile, 48-volt mild-hybrid technology features with the 1.6-litre 134bhp diesel engine, which gets a seven-speed automatic gearbox or six-speed manual transmission. A 118bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine is also available, with or without mild-hybrid assistance.

The Kona Hybrid, introduced last year, also adopts the new styling and continues to use a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 32kW electric motor and a 1.56kWh battery. The Kona Electric is set to make a return, too.

The new N Line trim adds an aggressive front bumper with a front lip and wide fins, plus a new grille with N Line badging and three air slits ahead of the bonnet. The black plastic body cladding becomes body-coloured, there are unique, 18-inch alloy wheels and, at the rear, a spoiler, a bumper with a diffuser element and twin exhaust pipes. Inside, aluminium pedals and red accents complete the look.

The Kona N Line will be available with all engines except the base 1.0-litre petrol. The new Kona goes on sale towards the end of 2020, with the Hybrid due early in 2021. Prices start from around £19,000. 

Hot Kona N to follow

The new N Line version isn’t as hot as the Kona gets. A fully fledged performance variant, the Kona N, is in the offing. Due in 2021 and already spied testing, it’ll provide competition for the likes of the Audi SQ2 while borrowing power from the Hyundai i30 N. That means a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol with 247bhp. 

Find out what happened when we tested the Hyundai Kona Hybrid against the Kia e-Niro Hybrid...

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