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2024 Hyundai Kona Hybrid lands in Australia, 3.9L/100km economy

The all-new 2024 Hyundai Kona hybrid range has touched down in Australia, following the launch of the regular petrol and turbo models earlier this year. A fully electric version is also arriving in December.

Hyundai’s new Kona jumps to the company’s K3 platform, like the current i30 Sedan (Elantra). And then on top, the body has been designed from the ground up to accommodate electrified powertrains, as hinted by the smooth contours and semi-closed-off front grille area.

2024 Hyundai Kona Hybrid-rear

Under the bonnet, the new Kona hybrid is powered by a 1.6-litre GDi petrol that produces 77kW and 144Nm, paired with an electric motor generating 32kW and 170Nm. Combined, the system develops 104kW and 265Nm. It is the least powerful setup offered for the Kona, but that strong torque figure is shared with the 1.6 turbo option.

The hybrid system works in tandem with a six-speed dual-clutch (dry type) transmission feeding the front wheels (FWD). Although the entire package is borrowed from the old Hyundai Ioniq sedan, Hyundai says a lot of the systems have been revised and tweaked since then.

2024 Hyundai Kona Hybrid-interior

Most importantly, the official fuel consumption figure is impressively low, at 3.9L/100km. As you could imagine, it is the most fuel efficient option in the range, excluding the upcoming electric model. With a 38-litre fuel tank on board, the Kona hybrid offers a theoretical average range of 974km, compared with 618km in the 1.6 turbo models and 712km in the 2.0 MPi models.

The hybrid is being offered in four main trim lines, including the standard, the Kona Premium, the N Line and the N Line Premium. Going for the N Line package brings in a bespoke bodykit, spoilers, and a set of 19-inch alloy wheels. All variants feature a space-saver spare wheel, and all variants (including with the other powertrains) share the same 407L/1241L boot capacity.

2024 Hyundai Kona Hybrid N Line

Inside, all variants come with a 12.3-inch touch-screen system offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and digital radio, with the Premium and N Line Premium adding in-built sat-nav, split-screen functionality, live traffic updates, and a surround-view parking camera system. Speaking about the new model, Hyundai Australia CEO, Ted Lee, said:

“All-new Kona scales new heights with its futuristic EV-like styling, roomy interior, full suite of safety features and class-leading connectivity and convenience technologies, to give customers a compelling small SUV.”

The new hybrid option is on sale in Australia now priced from the following (excluding on-road costs):

2024 Hyundai Kona 1.6 GDi hybrid: $36,000
2024 Hyundai Kona 1.6 GDi hybrid N Line: $40,000
2024 Hyundai Kona 1.6 GDi hybrid Premium: $43,500
2024 Hyundai Kona 1.6 GDi hybrid Premium N Line: $46,500

Brett Davis

Brett started out as a motor mechanic, but eventually became frustrated working on cars that weren't his. He then earned a degree in journalism and scored a job at Top Gear Australia back in 2008, and then worked at Zoom/Extreme Performance magazines, CarAdvice, and started PerformanceDrive/PDriveTV in 2011 with Josh Bennis, and ran it for 12 years. He's now the owner and managing editor here at Driving Enthusiast.

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