2019 Hyundai Kona Hybrid revealed

New Kona petrol-electric hybrid joins range with claimed fuel economy of 66mpg

Hyundai has announced the introduction of a new hybrid Kona SUV. It will use a petrol-electric powertrain that offers a claimed fuel economy figure of 66mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km. UK sales start in September, with a price still to be confirmed.

The Kona Hybrid uses a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, which together produce 139bhp. Power goes to the front wheels via a six-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox, giving the car a 0-62mph time of 11.2 seconds and a top speed of 99mph.

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As standard, the Kona Hybrid has black cloth interior trim with contrasting white stitching, a 10.25-inch infotainment screen with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, and black and white interior trim to match the upholstery. On the outside, 16-inch alloy wheels are standard, with 18-inch alloy wheels available as an option. When fitted with the larger wheels, the Kona Hybrid’s 0-62mph time increases to 11.8 seconds from 11.2 seconds.

Other available interior options include leather seats, electrically adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel and wireless smartphone charging. Additional exterior options include seven paint colours and LED headlights.

Also included as standard is Hyundai’s SmartSense safety technology suite, including lane keeping assist, pedestrian and cyclist detection, front collision warning and avoidance assist.

This setup can be enhanced with additional options, including Intelligent Speed Limit warning, which uses the car’s front camera to maintain speed while notifying the driver. Hyundai’s Lane Following Assist is also available, which uses the Kona’s automatic cruise control to keep the car centered in lane with minimal input from the driver. Buyers can also add blind-spot collision warning and rear-cross-traffic collision.

For more information about the Hyundai Kona range, read our full review of the Kona SUV and the Kona Electric.

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