Choices available to buyers of the Hyundai Kona SUV will increase as diesel and electric variants go on sale alongside the petrol model launched in December 2017.
Orders are now being taken for the diesel model while order books for the electric version will open on 3rd August.
The Kona diesel costs from £19,750 – compared to £16,450 for the cheapest petrol version. It employs the 1.6 CRDi engine with a choice of two power outputs, 115 or 136hp, and can be bought with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch auto transmission. Best CO2 emissions output is quoted at 111g/km.
The Kona Electric will cost from £29,495, though the Government’s plug-in-car grant for buyers of electric vehicles will cut £4,500 from the price.
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A core part of Hyundai’s plans to offer 18 new electrified vehicles by 2018 and joining the Ioniq and soon-to-launch Nexo in showrooms, the Kona Electric is being offered in two versions – with output of 39kWh (135hp) or 64kWh (204hp).
The lower-powered model accelerates past 62mph in 9.7 seconds and goes on to 96mph, while the 64kWh version achieves a 7.6-second 0-62mph time and 104mph. Hyundai also quotes a potential driving range between charges of up to 300 miles for both variants.
The larger capacity of the more powerful model results in a longer charging time, quoted at 9hrs 35 minutes using a 7kW wallbox whereas the 39kWh version takes 6hrs 10 minutes. However, both can be charged to 80% using a public 50kW charger in 75 minutes.
Both the diesel and electric versions of the Kona will be offered in Hyundai’s familiar three trim levels of SE, Premium and Premium SE.
Standard equipment on entry-level versions of both includes a seven-inch display audio, including DAB digital radio, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, rear parking sensors with a rear-view camera, Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel controls and a leather steering wheel.