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Hyundai has refreshed its Kona small SUV range for 2021, bringing sporty new N Line variants and an improved range for the Kona electric.

“In three short years on the market, the versatile Kona has grown to become a top-seller in the class and one of our most popular models,” Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Jun Heo said.

“New 2021 Kona builds on the qualities that have drawn small-SUV buyers to the model, with an eye-catching new look, new N Line sports variants, and additional standard comfort, convenience, technology and SmartSenseTM safety features,” he said.

The range-opening Kona variant, and the Kona Active, Elite and Highlander are powered by a 2.0-litre SmartStream petrol four-cylinder driving the front wheels via a CVT automatic transmission.

The sporty Kona N Line and N Line Premium are powered by a 1.6-litre SmartStream turbo petrol four-cylinder with all-wheel drive and a DCT automatic transmission.

An extensive suite of SmartSenseTM advanced safety technologies is standard across the 2021 Kona range, and now incorporates Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go and Rear Occupant Alert (ROA).

Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) systems are also standard, along with front, side and curtain airbags.

It also brings additional SmartSenseTM tech in the form of Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) and Rear Cross Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) systems, and a Safe Exit Warning (SEW) system.

The anticipated new Kona Electric model will land in March, Hyundai Australia has confirmed. The move follows a global recall last year of the 2017-2020 models due to a battery fault.

The new Kona Electric is slightly longer than its 2019 predecessor with 40mm added length, and comes with a variety of new features adding comfort, convenience and smart safety technologies.

While the battery capacity remains the same at 64kWh, tyre improvements on the 2021 model improves the life of the Kona to 484km range (WLTP) – up slightly from 449km on the earlier model.

Vehicle Pricing: 

  • Kona – $26,600
  • Active – $28,200
  • Elite – $31,600
  • Highlander – $38,00
  • N Line – $36,300
  • N Line Premium – $42,400
  • Electric – TBA