Will it come to North America?
We like the smooth gas powertrains available on the Kona, and the all-electric version impresses with its 258-mile (415-km) range and affordable price tag. Now, Hyundai is adding a hybrid model to the lineup—at least in Europe.
The Hyundai Kona Hybrid borrows liberally from its siblings. Just like the Ioniq and Kia Niro, the SUV gets a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gas engine making 104 hp and 109 lb-ft of torque, plus an electric motor with 43 hp and 125 lb-ft, and a 1.56-kilowatt-hour battery. This makes for a combined system output of 139 hp and 195 lb-ft like its siblings. The Kona Hybrid routes power through a familiar six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
In terms of design, the Hybrid looks like the regular gasoline Kona, not like the EV with its grille-less face. The Hybrid gets its own exclusive black-white interior color scheme option. It also features an available 10.25-inch touchscreen and voice recognition in six languages.
The Kona Hybrid will be available in Europe this August. We asked Hyundai whether or not we can expect it to come to our shores, but the automaker says it has no official information to share at this point. But given its similarities to other Hyundai-Kia hybrids, we don’t think it would be too difficult to bring it to North America.
In the U.S., your options are currently a 2.0-liter base four-cylinder with 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque, or a 1.6-liter with 175 hp and 195 lb-ft. The first Kona model gets a six-speed automatic, while the second has a seven-speed dual-clutch. As we’ve noted in the past, both versions are fun and offer pretty much the same ride and handling experience. The competent EV model pumps out a healthy 201 hp and 291 lb-ft, enough to propel it from 0–60 mph in 6.6 seconds.