Hyundai Kona Hybrid returns 70mpg 03 | 06 | 2019

    HYUNDAI HAS ADDED a petrol-electric hybrid version to its funky-looking Kona crossover, which already includes petrol, diesel and fully electric models. The Kona Hybrid will be available to order from Scottish dealerships from August. (Related: Hyundai reveals all-electric Kona)

    Though Hyundai has yet to confirm prices, we expect it to be slightly more expensive, trim for trim, than the equivalent petrol version. It will though significantly cheaper and less supply-restricted than the Kona Electric, which starts at £24,995 (including the Government’s £4500 plug-in car grant). (Related: Hyundai assembles Kona Iron Man)


    Externally the hybrid looks pretty much identical to the standard petrol or diesel Kona, though it does get a vibrant Blue Lagoon launch colour, plus the choice of new 16in or 18in alloy wheels.


    The hybrid version borrows uses the petrol-electric system from Kia’s larger Niro. That means a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, which delivers 104bhp on its own. That in turn is mated to a 43bhp electric motor, which also powers the front wheels.


    Both power sources are linked through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, and a small (1.56kWh) lithium ion battery that recharges through coasting and braking. The combined output is 139bhp, and 195lb/ft torque. Fitted with 16in wheels, the Kona Hybrid will cover 0-62mph in 11.2secs, and carry on to a max of  just under 100mph. (Related: Hyundai solar roof charging plan)


    Where the hybrid really shines — at least on paper — is at the pumps. Hyundai says it outperforms the petrol models. While the base 1.0 T-GDI petrol returns 54.3mpg combined, the hybrid cracks 72mpg (66mpg on 18in wheels), with CO2 emissions of 90g/km (99g/km on 18s).


    Inside the hybrid, Hyundai has added some new equipment, including a larger instrument display for hybrid-specific driving information, plus the app-based Blue Link system. Also standard is wireless smartphone charging, plus hybrid-specific interior colours and trims and upgrades to the safety assist package.


    There’s also an optional 10.3in infotainment system which adds an Eco-driving assist function. This notifies the driver when it’s best to coast or brake for minimal fuel consumption.

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    Jim McGill

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