Charl Bosch
Online Motoring Reporter
7 minute read
18 Jun 2022
8:30 am

Hyundai Kona N officially the new Golf GTI killer

Charl Bosch

Korean marque's first ever SUV is unruly and an absolute riot.

Don't be fooled by the "cuddly" Performance Blue paint option.

When it was launched in 2017, the Hyundai Kona polarised opinions unlike any previous model from the Korean marque. Bearing all the hallmarks of what many had claimed would be Hyundai’s E65 BMW 7 Series, never mind the unfortunate meaning of its name in Portuguese, the Kona sported a radical, split headlight design deemed ugly and too 'out there' for a Hyundai. It was, however, a brave step from Hyundai and as with the equally panned first generation Nissan Juke, the Kona has become anything bar the brand’s E65 or Edsel. Since its debut in 2021, close on 1.2-million examples...