FIRST LOOK: 2021 Hyundai Kona facelift – fr RM120k

It wasn’t that long ago that Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) launched the original Kona here in Malaysia. Well, that was almost six months ago, right about the time Hyundai unveiled the facelifted model for the global market.

Guess what, it’s here now, and the B-segment crossover can be had in two flavours – the base 2.0, priced at RM119,888, and the 2.0 Active, which costs you RM136,888. As their names suggest, they are both powered by a 2.0 litre Nu MPI Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder, which is carried over from before.

The naturally-aspirated engine has been rechristened as the Smartstream G2.0 MPI, though outputs remain unchanged at 149 PS at 6,200 rpm and 180 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. Hyundai’s in-house developed Intelligent Variable Transmission (iVT) replaces the older six-speed automatic, sending drive to the front wheels. The Kona is good for a century dash of 9.7 seconds.

The midlife redesign is quite extensive, evidenced by styling changes to the fascia, rear end and cabin. Hyundai’s SmartSense driver assist systems is available too, but only for the top Active variant. Watch our walk-around video to see what’s new with the Kona facelift, and let us know what you think of it, below.

GALLERY: Hyundai Kona 2.0 facelift

GALLERY: Hyundai Kona 2.0 Active facelift

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  • hazri on Apr 17, 2021 at 12:28 am

    for same price, Hyundai Kona 2.0 149PS more power then Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 only.

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  • Engineer on Apr 17, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Smarter to get the fun Suzuki Swift Sport rm136k. Becos the same class Toyota GR Yaris is massive pensipp RM299K.

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  • Recommending the 137k Active version over 120k Base version don’t make any sense when you can get CX5 for the same or, for a mere 3k more, you get a far proper SUV going with the CRV, even pay 3k less and still one can get more value from Corolla Cross.

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    • klguy on Apr 17, 2021 at 11:53 am

      X50 rm103k ticked all the right boxes, ignored the foreign brands. Sapot local.

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  • GenY AEB on Apr 17, 2021 at 7:53 am

    No joke, the TV bezel is confirm nice

    Compact SUV, RM 140k you can get AEB

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  • Antbait on Apr 17, 2021 at 10:58 am

    The interior, especially the display screen, looks hideous.

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