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RM 119,888 - 156,888
Hyundai Kona Specs
Segment C-Segment
BodyType SUV
Transmission CVT / DCT
Capacity 1.6 - 2.0 L
Horsepower 149 - 198 PS
Seats 5
The 2023 - 2024 Hyundai Kona is offered in 4 variants - which are priced from RM 119,888 to RM 156,888, the base model of kona is 2021 Hyundai Kona 2.0 Standard which is at a price of RM 119,888 and the top variant of Hyundai Kona is 2021 Hyundai Kona 1.6 N Line which is offered at a price of RM 156,888.
Road Tax Cost*
Insurance Cost*
Fuel Cost*

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  • Overview
  • Exterior
  • Interior
  • Features
  • Powertrain
  • Fuel Consumption
  • Driving Performance
  • Ride Comfort
  • Conclusion
  • Overview


    "Please, be good," I thought to myself as I got into the Hyundai Kona N-Line. Experiences in the past with Hyundai (or Korean cars for that matter) have been very much 'it's much improved but still not quite there', but here is a car that I genuinely wanted to impress me, not just because it looks good or has plenty of shove (198 PS, 265 Nm).

    Was I impressed though? To find out the answer to that question, let's unpack the layers and break it down for you. 


  • Exterior

    Exterior - Bold, fresh and distinctive

    The facelifted 2021 Hyundai Kona N-Line is nothing if not distinctive. Whether or not you gravitate to the styling, is a subjective matter. What is certain though, is that the Kona's exterior design is quite eye-catching. That our review unit came in the striking Dive in Jeju colour helped it pop even more.


    Adding to the visual drama is the variant-specific N-Line additions, which include a full bodykit front to back, twin exhaust pipe finish, and bespoke 18-inch wheels. It all comes together in a tasteful, aggresive manner, but not in a yobbish way. Vanilla, it is not. 


    Bold, distinctive, eye-catching

    In my time we had it, the Kona N-Line drew gazes almost everywhere we went, even if the styling is rather polarising. My parents were fans of how the car looked, while my significant other went, "what is this oddball?" Put it simply, there seemed to be no middle ground with the Kona N-Line, you either loved it or didn't. 

    Visually, the Kona N-Line looks pretty compact as well, with its very short overhangs front and rear, aided by a very planted stance. Our suspicions were confirmed when looking at the dimensions of the Kona N-Line versus its class rivals. It is indeed the smallest car in the class, but more on that later.

  • Interior

    Interior - No longer 'almost there'


    As good as any modern interiors can be

    Let's get this out of the way from the start, this is a well-executed interior. Without caveats such as 'well-executed for a Korean car', it's well-executed full stop. The layout and design of the Kona N-Line's cabin is pleasing and ergonomically up to the mark.

    Material selection in the Kona N-Line's cabin is also of a high standard. The seats and upholstery are finished in a leather/suede combination, and this really lifts the sense of sportiness inside. Pair it with a perfectly-sized steering wheel and a crisp digital instrument cluster, and it all comes together brilliantly. 


  • Features

    Being the range-topper (locally, at least), the Hyundai Kona N-Line is generously equipped. Standard kit include:

    • Digital instrument (10.25-inch) and infotaiment (8-inch) cluster
    • Wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
    • Wireless smartphone charger
    • Automatic climate control
    • Drive mode selector
    • Hyundai Smart Sense ADAS


    Leather, suede and 'N' etching really lifts the mood

    For the most part, living with the Kona N-Line is a relatively painless affair, in a good way. There's no steep learning curve to gel with the car. The menus in the infotainment and instrument clusters are easy to navigate and with smartphone connectivity, entertainment options are aplenty. 


    Space is at a premium behind

    Speaking of entertainment, don't expect the Kona N-Line's unbranded 6-speaker sound system to set your hair on fire. For the most part, it is good enough for your daily music and podcasts, performing as it should. 

  • Powertrain

    Hyundai Kona - Powertrain  


    Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has launched the fully-imported from Korea (CBU) 2021 Hyundai Kona 1.6 Turbo and N Line, priced at RM 146,888 and RM 156,888 respectively (OTR without insurance, with SST discount).


    Both variants are powered by a 1.6-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder mill (Smartstream G1.6 T-GDi) that makes 198 PS and 265 Nm, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.


    The Kona 1.6 Turbo shares the same exterior and interior design as the Kona 2.0 Active variant, except for a roof rack and two-tone body colour which are exclusive to the turbocharged variants. 

  • Fuel Consumption

    Fuel consumption


    Mixing a 50% highway and 50% city driving environment, and over a stretch of 160.2 km, the Kona N-Line consumed 15.06 litres of fuel. That works out to be a fuel consumption figure of 9.4l/100km

    This is quite close to the reading we saw from the on-board computer, which was 9.2l/100km. 

  • Driving Performance

    Driving experience - Polished handling, ponderous drivetrain


    Things start to unravel slightly when you start to unpeel the dynamic layers behind the Kona N-Line. Let's start with the drivetrain. What about it? Well, given the Kona N-Line's unabashed sporting intentions, the transmission mapping (in Normal mode, at least) can be.... ponderous at times.

    How? The DCT hesitates and becomes slightly lurchy at crawling speeds, but that is to be expected from a transmission of this ilk. What it lacks in this department is, linearity and natural progression.


    For example, when you flex the throttle a bit, you realise that there is a dead zone where you only get throttle and turbo lag. Then, when you pin the throttle further, all at once the drivetrain gives you everything by going down two gears (when you only asked for one) and punches you ahead.


    Sport mode livens things up considerably

    The responses are more natural when you dial in Sport mode, where the throttle really becomes pleasingly sharp and the gearchanges are snappy. If you're the lead-footed type, this is the mode to be in. That's when you can feel the all of the Kona N-Line's grunt.


    On the chassis side of things, we're pleased to report that the Kona N-Line does not disappoint in the handling department. Body control is tight, taut and predictable. Grip levels are superb too, thanks to 235/45 R18 tyres. Put it simply, the Kona N-Line feels vibrant when pushed.

  • Ride Comfort

    Ride comfort - Commendable ergonomics, unnecessarily firm ride


    Cementing its status as a car maker of ever-growing maturity, Hyundai nails most of the driving ergonomic bits. Driving and pedal positions are pretty on the money. What spoils it somewhat is the aforementioned seats that are a tad too small. 

    Visibility in the Kona N-Line is commendable too, which means little is left to guesswork when it comes to placing the car. What's even more remarkable is how refined the Smartstream G1.6 T-GDi engine and 7-speed DCT combo is.


    Sure, some would prefer more growl to go with the N-Line performance, but this refinement is a pleasant and welcome surprise. Insulation is similarly impressive, suppressing wind and tyre noise splendidly (62 dB at 90 km/h, one of the lowest in class). 

    2021 Hyundai Kona N-Line - Cabin noise level
    60 km/h 58
    90 km/h 61
    110 km/h 66


    On the flipside, the same 18-inch wheels contribute to a fairly firm ride. Couple that with the shortest wheelbase in its class, the Kona N-Line does not possess a supple ride. You can live with it, but over time this might grate at you. This is especially for back seat passengers. 


    Suspension set up is on the firm side

    On very poor road surfaces (which is 80% of the roads in Klang Valley), you will feel each and every imperfection with the Kona N-Line's suspension. Perhaps, in trying to appeal in the driving department, Hyundai has seen fit to sacrifice some comfort as a trade off. 

  • Conclusion



    In our time spent with the Hyundai Kona N-Line, we found it to be a rather charming and off-beat SUV. It's not everyday that you see one, and for some, that might just be enough to swing the deal. Better still, the Kona N-Line has the performance chops to back up the bristing aggression. 

    Yes, the Hyundai Kona N-Line is an oddity, but it is a refreshing oddity, one that offers something different from the established template of compact SUVs today. Sure, it is not the cheapest option around, nor the most comfortable, or even the most spacious, but some won't care, and to those we say kudos. 

Hyundai Kona 2023 has total 18 color options in Malaysia: Dark Knight, Surfy Blue, Dive in JeJu, Chalk White, Pulse Red, Ignite Flame, Misty Jungle, Galactic Gray, Dive in Jeju Two Tone1, Surfy Blue Two Tone1, Ignite Flame Two Tone1, Pulse Red Two Tone1, Misty Jungle Two Tone1, Dive in Jeju Two Tone2, Ignite Flame Two Tone2, Misty Jungle Two Tone2, Pulse Red Two Tone2, Surfy Blue Two Tone2.

  • Hyundai Kona Dark Knight
  • Hyundai Kona Surfy Blue
  • Hyundai Kona Dive in JeJu
  • Hyundai Kona Chalk White
  • Hyundai Kona Pulse Red
  • Hyundai Kona Ignite Flame
  • Hyundai Kona Misty Jungle
  • Hyundai Kona Galactic Gray
  • Hyundai Kona Dive in Jeju Two Tone1
  • Hyundai Kona Surfy Blue Two Tone1
  • Hyundai Kona Ignite Flame Two Tone1
  • Hyundai Kona Pulse Red Two Tone1
  • Hyundai Kona Misty Jungle Two Tone1
  • Hyundai Kona Dive in Jeju Two Tone2
  • Hyundai Kona Ignite Flame Two Tone2
  • Hyundai Kona Misty Jungle Two Tone2
  • Hyundai Kona Pulse Red Two Tone2
  • Hyundai Kona Surfy Blue Two Tone2

Dark Knight

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  • How much should I pay for a Hyundai Kona 2020?

    The least-expensive 2020 Hyundai Kona is the 2020 Hyundai Kona 2.0 Standard. Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about 123888 RM. Other versions include: 2020 Hyundai Kona 2.0 Mid which starts at 138888 RM. 2020 Hyundai Kona 1.6 T-GDi High which starts at 151888 RM.

  • What are the best alternatives/competitors of Hyundai Kona 2020?

    Hyundai Kona 2020 will be competing against the likes of Porsche Macan, Chery Tiggo 2, Chery NEW Tiggo 3, Chery Tiggo 4, Chery New Tiggo 4.

  • What colors of Hyundai Kona are selling in 2020?

    The exterior color of Hyundai Kona are .

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