Facelifted 2020 Hyundai Kona breaks cover

Hyundai’s smallest SUV gets a redesigned nose and a sporty new N Line model for 2020

  • Facelifted Kona revealed with tweaked styling
  • New sporty N Line trim level introduced
  • Will go on sale in late 2020

The facelifted 2020 Hyundai Kona has been unveiled ahead of its arrival in showrooms later this year. It gets a new look, upgraded technology, a new sporty N Line trim level and a revised engine lineup.

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It’s likely to start at around £19,000 and will continue to be a direct rival for small SUVs including the Ford Puma, SEAT Arona, Renault Captur and Nissan Juke.

2020 Hyundai Kona: styling

In standard trim, the facelifted Kona gets a new wider front grille with a larger lower air intake, slimmer headlights and LED daytime running lights, plus a restyled front bumper with contrasting silver bodywork trim.

The rear features minor changes limited to a redesigned bumper and tweaked lights. New 17- and 18-inch alloy wheel designs also feature, with the entry-level 16-inch alloy wheels remaining unchanged.

A new N Line trim adds a sportier looking front bumper with wider front fins and a deeper front spoiler with black contrasting trim. It also gets three small air intakes on the nose, colour-matched bodywork cladding, 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and a restyled rear bumper with a diffuser and twin-exhaust pipes.

Interior and technology

The interior has also undergone several minor changes, with the addition of ambient interior lighting, a restyled centre console that houses the electronic handbrake switch, and aluminium trim on the air vents and speaker grilles. Heated rear seats are available on the options list, and rear passengers get a USB charging port.

The N Line model gets aluminum pedals and red contrasting trim on the seats, gearstick, steering wheel and air vents.

A new 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster can now be specced in the Kona for the first time, which we’ve already seen in the new Hyundai i20. The standard infotainment touchscreen is now eight-inches in size, and features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A new 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen is also available, featuring live parking assistance, and is capable of supporting multiple Bluetooth connections via a split-screen function.

Updated safety technology includes the addition of Leading Vehicle Departure Alert, which alerts the driver if the vehicle in front begins to move without the driver responding. A new Lane Following Assist function has also been added, which automatically keeps the car in the centre of the lane while driving. The car’s smart cruise control has been updated to full stop and go functionality, and the blind spot assistance now features collision avoidance. Every Kona now also gets E-Call assistance, which can automatically call the emergency services in the event of an accident in which the airbags are deployed.

Engines and chassis

The facelifted Kona gets minor revisions to its suspension setup, which, according to Hyundai, offers improved ride quality. The car’s steering has also been updated to give it a more connected feel.

The Kona’s engine lineup now features a new range-topping turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine producing 195bhp. This can only be specced with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

An entry-level turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine is also available with or without mild-hybrid assistance, with both versions producing 118bhp. The 134bhp mild-hybrid 1.6-litre diesel engine is likely to be the best option for long-distance drivers, and is available with a choice of a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

The Kona Hybrid retains its 1.6-litre petrol engine and electric motor setup from the pre-facelift car, and the Kona Electric will also carry over its electric powertrain. Full details for both models will be revealed later this year.

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