2022 Hyundai Kona N revealed: prices, specs, and release date

Ryan Hirons
April 27, 2021

Hyundai has given the Kona the high-performance N treatment. Read on for full details of this 290hp hot SUV.

  • Hyundai Kona N revealed
  • Racier design
  • 2.0-litre turbocharged engine
  • Front-wheel-drive with dual-clutch gearbox
  • 290hp, 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds
  • All-wheel-drive version possible
  • Limited-slip differential as standard
  • 10-inch infotainment and digital dials
  • On sale late 2021
  • Priced from around £35,000
See the new Hyundai Kona N in action

The Hyundai Kona N has been revealed in full, with this hot SUV set to arrive later in 2021. It packs a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 290hp, which will send it from 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds.

It goes up against the Volkswagen T Roc R and Cupra Formentor in the performance-oriented SUV stakes, and is expected to cost from around £35,000.

2022 Hyundai Kona N design

The Kona N gets the typical N red trimmings

In typical N fashion, the Hyundai Kona N gets a visual overhaul for a racier look. The front gets a much more aggressive design with a huge lower grille and large intakes below the daytime running lights, while the side of the car has lower skirts with subtle N badging.

Those exhausts are very much real

At the back, a new diffuser has been added along with two huge exhaust exits to give the engine a proper pop-and-bang soundtrack. The Kona N gets 19-inch alloy wheels too, and the look is finished with red trim all around the car.

2022 Hyundai Kona N engine and performance

The Kona N uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 290hp

Powering the Hyundai Kona is a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, as found in the i30 N. Unlike in that car, where it produces 275hp, the Kona N’s engine makes 290hp. This power is sent to the front wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, resulting in a 0-60mph time of 5.5 seconds.

Watch for Mat’s thoughts on the Hyundai i30 N

A manual option seems unlikely, though rumours of an all-wheel-drive version down the line are rife.

2022 Hyundai Kona N chassis upgrades

The Hyundai Kona N gets an electronic limited-slip differential as standard

Helping the Hyundai Kona N to manage this extra performance are a number of upgrades. These include an electronic limited slip differential which helps to maximise grip across the front wheels, as well as an upgraded braking system.

You’ll also get launch control, an active exhaust and Hyundai’s ‘N Grin Control System’ as standard. That final feature unlocks all of the Kona N’s power (which is normally limited to 280hp) and sharpens it up for more agile handling.

2022 Hyundai Kona N interior and infotainment

There’s a 10-inch infotainment system as standard

Hop inside the Hyundai Kona N and you’ll notice a whole load of N goodies to match the exterior.

You’ll get a digital driver’s display and a head-up display too

There’s a load of blue accents dotted throughout, including on the steering wheel and gear selector. You’ll get a set of part-bucket seats with the N logo stitched in, along with further blue accents.

There are N logos stitched below the headrests, just in case you have eyes in the back of your head

As standard, the Hyundai Kona N is fitted with a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a digital driver’s display as standard. Each has N-specific touches too, including lap timing and track-map features.

2022 Hyundai Kona N price and release date

Expect sales of the Hyundai Kona N to start late in 2021, with deliveries possible before the end of the year or early in 2022.

Pricing could start from around £35,000 — a slight premium over the Hyundai i30 N hot hatch.

Can’t wait for this new car to go on sale? Compare the latest Hyundai deals available through carwow or check out the top 10 best SUVs on sale now. 

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