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Hyundai Kona N 2021: release date this year priced from $47,500


The first SUV addition to the rapidly expanding N Performance brand will soon arrive in Australia and it looks to pack a punch for an affordable price.

Hyundai has released details of the Kona N small SUV which will go on sale before October this year with prices starting from $47,500 (before on-road costs). 

When it lands the Kona N will become the second addition to the N performance brand in Australia alongside the i30 hot hatch, soon to be followed by the smaller i20 N and i30 Sedan N

Hyundai Kona N 2022 white
The Hyundai Kona N will start from $47,500 (before on-road costs) when it goes on sale this year

As an SUV, Hyundai says the addition will broaden the appeal of its performance division and pitch itself to buyers who would not normally consider a hot hatch.

Powering the Kona N is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing up to 206kW of power (or 213kW on overboost) and 392Nm of torque, and mated exclusively to an eight-speed wet-type dual-clutch transmission.

With launch control activated the Kona will light up the front wheels to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.5 seconds.

Hyundai Kona N 2022 rear
The Kona N 206kW of power (or 213kW on overboost) and 392Nm of torque

The fact that the Kona N is exclusively front driven is a deliberate move according to Albert Biermann, who serves as the head of research and development at Hyundai.

“Our N story is also the best in fun-per-dollar … it is not easy to beat an N vehicle in fun-per-dollar rating, and the Kona N is clearly following that script,” he said during the reveal.

The lack of an extra two driven wheels could be a contributing factor to the low price, with rivals such as the AWD-equipped Volkswagen T-Roc likely to demand a higher premium.

Hyundai Kona N 2022 track
Accelatoring from 0-100km/h takes just 5.5 seconds

Available as standard across the two grade lineup is an electro-mechanical limited slip differential to distribute torque more evenly between the front wheels and adaptive dampers to help fine tune the handling.

Sitting at each corner are 19-inch alloy wheels matched with an N-specific body kit that includes a new set of front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a small spoiler.

Moving inside, Hyundai has fitted a set of specialised front bucket seats to hold the driver in place along with more sporting touches such as a leather appointed steering wheel and alloy sports pedals.

Hyundai Kona N 2022 interior
Hyundai have fitted bucket seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel for a more sporting touch

It joins existing features seen on the regular top-trim Kona models such as a 10.25-inch touchscreen display, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and a wireless charging pad.

The Kona N also includes a number of safety features that are nice to have on a daily driver including blind-spont monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, tyre pressure monitoring and much more.

Those stepping up to the Kona N Premium receive niceties such as a heads-up display, suede and leather appointed interior trim, ambient lighting and a sunroof.

Front passengers also receive heated and cooled front seats with electronic adjustability along with a heated steering wheel and front parking sensors.

Hyundai Kona N 2021: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • Kona N: $47,500
  • Kona N Premium: $50,500