Hyundai_Kona-two_modelsHyundai is in the midst of launching a series of ‘Go’ models, these being vehicles with less standard gear at appreciably lower prices.

The latest Hyundai Go is the Kona. It’s no stripper, having 7.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, USB charging, reversing camera, automatic headlights and roof racks. However it runs on 16-inch steel wheels.

Kona Go is powered by the same 110 kW 2.0-litre engine driving through a six-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. It is priced at $23,500 to which on-road charges have to be factored in.


A 130kW 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive is optional on the Kona Go. Its recommended price is $27,000, again without on-road costs.

Safety features include Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS); and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).


As well as introducing the Kona Go, Hyundai Australia has refreshed the others in the Kona range. The 2019 Kona Active, Elite and Highlander now have an 8.0-inch screen that provide access to satellite navigation, and feature a Krell eight-speaker premium audio.

There’s a power operated glass sunroof for 2019 Kona Highlander. In an interesting move you can specify the Highlander without the sunroof and instead have a Phantom-Black two-tone roof as a no-cost option. A smart marketing move as two-tone vehicles are starting to make a comeback.

Go petrol: $23,500 (automatic)
Go diesel: $27,000 (DCT)
Active petrol: $25,500 (automatic)
Active diesel: $29,000 (DCT)
Elite petrol: $29,500 (automatic)
Elite diesel: $33,000 (DCT)
Highlander petrol: $35,500 (automatic)
Highlander diesel: $39,000 (DCT)
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Hyundai dealer for drive-away prices.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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