Hyundai has given its hot-selling Kona crossover some welcome safety upgrades, making most features from the old $1500 SmartSense options pack on base Go and Active grades standard, in exchange for either a $500 price bump or an infotainment downgrade.
Thus, every MY20 model gets a form of autonomous emergency braking. The base Go and Active grades get a camera-based system that works up to 75km/h, while the Elite and Highlander get a higher-speed-capable camera/radar system (up to 160km/h) that also detects rogue pedestrians.
All versions from the Go upwards also get forward-collision alert (with pedestrian detection on the top two grades), driver-attention warning that chimes if the car senses you driving erratically when tired or distracted, and camera-based lane-keeping-with-steering assist system active above 60km/h.
The Elite and Highlander grades also get active cruise control that mimics the speed of the car ahead up to a preset speed ceiling, and which can slow the car to 10km/h before prompting the driver to apply the final bit of braking in traffic.
Of course, you don’t get something for nothing. The Go, Elite and Highlander’s respective RRPs with both the base 2.0-litre/front-drive and 1.6-turbo/all-wheel drive setups are now $500 greater.
SmartSense features blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert remain the standard province of the Elite and Highlander, too, whereas they were once part of the SmartSense options package.
The Active’s list price is unchanged with either engine, but it loses the old 8.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and DAB+, reverting to said Go’s smaller 7.0-inch screen (still fitted with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone mirroring) instead.
2020 Hyundai Kona pricing (before on-road costs):
2.0 engine, 6-speed auto, FWD:
- Go — $24,000
- Active — $25,500
- Elite — $30,000
- Highlander — $36,000
1.6T engine, 7-speed DCT, AWD:
- Go — $27,500
- Active — $29,000
- Elite — $33,500
- Highlander — $39,500