Johannesburg - The Kona, launched in South Africa this week, gives Hyundai customers another compact crossover choice. But why sell this and the Creta, you might ask?
The Creta, sourced from India, is big on practicality but it has never pretended to be a trend-setter among crossovers. The Kona, on the other hand, is a funkier vehicle aimed at more affluent parts of the world such as Europe and the US. Hence it is more expensive, with prices starting at R379 900 versus R346 900 in the Creta’s case. But the Kona's more daring design won't float everyone's boat.
In outright size terms the Kona is shorter but wider than the Creta, with a similar footprint to the Suzuki Vitara, and the newcomer also has a lower ground clearance than most SUVs, at 170mm, underlining its positioning as more of an urban crossover than a weekend wilderness warrior.
It’s 361 litre boot is smaller than Creta’s 402 litre luggage compartment.