Hyundai Kona crowned ‘Best Small SUV under $50k

February 29, 2024 9:57 am
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The new 2024 Hyundai Kona has been judged as the best small SUV in its class, offering exceptional value and features. Book in a test drive today at Frankston Hyundai in Bayside, Melbourne!

The winners of the prestigious Drive Car of the Year awards have been revealed, and Frankston Hyundai is proud to announce that the all-new Hyundai Kona has been crowned winner of the ‘Best Small SUV under $50K’ segment.

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This victory is well-earned, as the Kona impressed judges on multiple fronts, combining attractive styling, an array of standard features, and a great driving experience.

“The Best Small SUV Under $50,000 must keep up with the lives of busy urbanites – adventurous downsizers and growing families alike – who demand economy and flexibility in their everyday rides,” said one of the judges for Drive.

Outclassing all competition in the market, the new Hyundai Kona proved itself a class-leader in the gruelling test. Drive’s Car of the Year awards see some of Australia’s most experienced journalists compare new vehicles in the market to decide a winner.

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Ultimately, the Kona emerged victorious due to its exceptional balance of affordability, safety, space, equipment, and driving dynamics.

The Kona was highly praised, even from the most affordable entry-level model up. Of the base model, Drive comments it is “impressively well-equipped with LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, smartphone mirroring for both Android and Apple devices, a wireless phone charger, leather steering wheel, dual-zone climate control with rear seat air vents, a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, Bluelink connected car tech, digital radio, parking sensors front and rear, adaptive cruise control, and a reversing camera.”

In providing a fair comparison to the Kona’s competition, Drive goes on to note that its closest rival – which has a higher retail price as of writing this article – gets “a smaller 8.0-inch infotainment screen, no wireless phone charger, and old-school single-zone manual air-conditioning instead of dual-zone climate control.”

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The Hyundai Kona Premium grade, which is just one step up from the entry-level model, adds even greater equipment for the dollar with notable features such as:

  • Second 12.3-inch screen as the driver’s instrument cluster
  • Power tailgate
  • Projector beam LED headlights
  • Satellite navigation
  • Wired and wireless smartphone mirroring
  • Leather trim
  • Electric front seats with heating and ventilation
  • Rain-sensing wipers360-degree camera with blind-spot viewing
  • 360-degree camera with blind-spot viewing
  • Remote smart parking assist
  • Ambient cabin lighting
  • Bose premium sound system

Judges also praised the engine options and ride comfort of the Kona, with the extremely economical hybrid electric version receiving a glowing recommendation: “That’s ultimately why we believe the Hyundai Kona Premium Hybrid is the standout for value and efficiency and is the best buy in the Kona range,” said one judge.

If you are interested in the all-new Hyundai Kona and want to experience the model for yourself, Frankston Hyundai located in Bayside, Melbourne, is delighted to offer customers test drives and great deals, making a difference for buyers wanting an exceptional Hyundai sales and service experience in Melbourne’s outer south-eastern suburbs and regional areas.

Simply contact us today, and the Frankston Hyundai team will take care of the rest for you.