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ANTHONY YATES.

Hyundai KONA Premium 1.0T-GDI 120PS – 6 Speed Manual

Price (from): £19,360


Power and Efficiency: Fitted with a 998cc turbo-charged three-cylinder, petrol engine with 120PS @ 6000rpm and 172Nm of torque @ 1500-4000rpm. 0-62mph is around 12.0sec and fuel consumption is a decent 52.3 mpg combined with a top speed of 112mph.

Three-cylinder engines seem to have taken some stick lately for being noisy but actually, they fascinate me.

I think they are pretty cool thanks to key features such as the massive fuel-saving advantages over other engines while still managing to be pretty powerful.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to balancing the mechanical efficiency, environmental performance and power of this engine. Also, when it comes to CO2 emissions, the KONA hits the sweet spot at 125 g/km.

On the road: Actually, it’s pretty nimble and frisky if I’m being honest, a little minx really.

Take the nimble little KONA out on the open road and you will soon feel how well it grips.

Of course, manufacturers spend an awful amount of money designing and developing the chassis and suspension because they want it to be the best it can be.

But sometimes there are compromises to be made, but thankfully, not in the KONA.

Design and Technology: I don’t want to speak out of turn here but the KONA really is a handsome thing.

Yes, it won’t suit everyone but then again, I don’t think the latest Ferrari is particularly good looking.

When I do any road tests out on the open road I follow a pretty simple set of rules – it’s either good or bad.

Well, I’m happy to report the KONA is very much sitting with the pointer firmly aligned with the word good.

So, there you have it, another decent car with very little faults.

Standard equipment on the KONA Premium starts with 18-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning with climate control, automatic headlights and wipers, privacy glass rear and side, rear lights – halogen, cruise control with speed limiter, rear parking sensors, parking system, rear camera and guidance system, air bags front, front side and curtain air bags, alarm and immobiliser, ABS, Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), ESC, Lane Keep Assist (LKA) and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

There’s also Bluetooth and mobile phone connectivity.

To sum up: The KONA is a great drive and perfect for someone who wants a car that ticks all the boxes when it comes to comfort and style.

Hopefully, you will now go out and give it a test drive and see for yourself what the new KONA has to offer. Well done Hyundai.