Hyundai Kona N Line Premium AWD SUV 2021 Review

Hyundai Kona adds to the N Line range, Is it any good well stick around for a minute and see. Hyundai updated their Kona range in early 2021 and included the N Line in two versions, the premium one we are talking about today.

Hyundai Kona 2021 The key feature in the N-Line is the 146kW 1.6 turbo engine teamed with a 7 speed DCT transmission and all-wheel drive, and a sports-tuned chassis featuring a multi-link rear suspension.

Hyundai Kona 2021

It’s surprisingly nimble around town and good for a longer trip away for a weekend or day through the mountains.  I found myself wanting to go for a drive simply because it was fun. The DCT is a little jerky around town and not a favourite of mine.

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The ride is sporty balanced with a degree of compliance. On some of our goat tracks we call roads in Sydney, the Kona provided a comfortable ride.

Hyundai Kona 2021

AS you would expect it’s also jammed with the same level of comfort and safety features as the Highlander and on these cold days the heated front seats are a bonus.

Hyundai Kona 2021

There is a bit of competition in the smaller sporty segment but the Kona is well positioned to grab its fair share.

Hyundai Kona N Line Premium is priced from $42,400 plus the usual costs

Hyundai Kona 2021

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Hyundai Kona 2021

What is good?

  • Performance/ride/handling balance
  • Fun to drive
  • Looks good

What is not so good?

  • DCT is jerky around town
  • Can get quite thirsty surprisingly
  • Rear seats are cramped

Hyundai Kona 2021

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Hyundai Kona 2021

Model   

Hyundai Kona AWD N Line

Model Price $42,400 MLP*
Engine 1.6L 4 Cyl  Turbo Petrol
Drivetrain 7 Sp Dual Clutch AT AWD
Power 146kW @ 6,000rpm
Torque 265Nm @ 1,600 – 4500rpm
Safety Five Star ANCAP (2017)
CO2 Emissions 156 g/km
Economy ADR 6.9 L/100km
0-100kmh/Top Speed TBA/TBA
Servicing 12 Months / 10,000 km  Service Plan
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 1 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

Hyundai Kona 2021

Overall Rating    

83/100

Behind the Wheel 8
Comfort 8
Equipment 9
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 8
Fit for Purpose 9
Street Credibility 8
Fun Factor 8
Value for Money 8

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  • 8/10
    Behind the Wheel - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Comfort - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Equipment - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Performance - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Ride and Handling - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Practicality - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Street Credibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Value for Money - 8/10
8.3/10

Summary

Hyundai updated their Kona range in early 2021 and included the N Line in two versions, the premium one we are talking about today.

There is a bit of competition in the smaller sporty segment but the Kona is well positioned to grab its fair share.

Hyundai Kona N Line Premium is priced from $42,400 plus the usual costs

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.