The Kona GL AT is Hyundai Philippines’ latest entry in the subcompact crossover SUV segment. An unusual-looking vehicle, you could say that the designers were a little bit hyperactive when they conceptualized this little rocket, as evidenced by the uncharacteristic design cues and offbeat features. Overall, it’s a fashion hit.

A mix of lines and curves

The exterior boasts of a combination of angled lines and curves that accentuates the height of the doors. A swooping roofline and ascending hood delineates the sedan like profile.  The most striking queue here is the black cladding on the wheelwell arches and rocker panel, not only giving it a contrasting hue against the body color, but gives it an serious overall performance look.

Separate headlight design with projector type assembly provide illumination, but are located just below the beltline. Daytime running lights are incorporated at the top, and give the fascia a squinting appearance. The dominant mouth, which Hyundai calls a “cascading grille” sits prominently, giving off a hungry look.

Simple but practical

The upholstery is black and gray fabric, very ideal for warm weather; no scorched behind on sunny days. Different shapes abound in the nifty dash that makes it pleasing to look at. However, the use of analog gauges and a non-touchscreen Floating-Type Radio Display system negates the use of a back-up camera and video option. To compensate, connectivity is Aux, USB, Bluetooth.

Still, complete instrument display such as trip computer, tire pressure level, traction control and hill descent is available, and remote controls on the steering wheel and easy to reach AC controls are a big advantage.

The rear seats are angled more for comfort, and can seat three average sized adults a bit tightly with ample cargo space at the back. Fold down the rear seats and you have two-level loading floor that will fit cargo as big as a “balikbayan box”.

More power

The powertrain is composed of a 2.0-liter DOHC, 16 valve 4-cylinder Atkinson petrol engine that’s mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual-shifting mode and an overdrive lock-up torque converter. It’s rated at 147 hp and 179 Nm of torque, quite a high output considering the small size of the Kona, resulting in a more spirited drive.

Putting that power on the road are bigger 215/55R17 directional tires on silver alloy rims. Disc brakes are on all corners.

Gazing upon the Hyundai Kona, one would surmise that this is a small hatch that sits a tad high, or a small SUV that rides a little low. Nevertheless, the quirky styling catches your attention. The longer you look, the more you like it.

Hyundai Kona 2.0 GL AT

Body Type: Subcompact Crossover

Price   PHP 1,188,000


  • Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC, 16 valve 4-cylinder NU MPI Atkinson petrol engine
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission with manual-shifting mode with overdrive lock-up torque converter
  • Displacement: 1,999 cc
  • Emission Rating: Euro4
  • Max Output (HP)      147 hp @ 6,200 rpm
  • Max Torque (nm)     179 Nm @ 4,500 rpm
  • Fuel Tank capacity: 50 ltrs


  • Length:  4,165 mm:
  • Width: 1,800 mm
  • Height: 1,550 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,600 mm
  • Ground Clearance: 170 mm
  • Suspension: Front :  Macpherson Strut
  • Suspension: Rear : Coupled Torsion Beam Axle

Seating Capacity: 5 persons

Hyundai Kona Colors

  • Red
  • Phantom Black
  • Acid Yellow
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Ceramic Blue

Text/Images by Earl Manalansan


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