Hyundai Kona 1.0: Little wonder

One-litre, manual version of Hyundai's Kona crossover surprises with a peachy, punchy drive

The Hyundai Kona 1.0 is equipped with a 998cc three-cylinder turbo engine and comes with premium features such as multi-function steering wheel, keyless function, cruise control and lane-keeping assist.
The Hyundai Kona 1.0 is equipped with a 998cc three-cylinder turbo engine and comes with premium features such as multi-function steering wheel, keyless function, cruise control and lane-keeping assist.ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN
The Hyundai Kona 1.0 is equipped with a 998cc three-cylinder turbo engine and comes with premium features such as multi-function steering wheel, keyless function, cruise control and lane-keeping assist.
The Hyundai Kona 1.0 is equipped with a 998cc three-cylinder turbo engine and comes with premium features such as multi-function steering wheel, keyless function, cruise control and lane-keeping assist.ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN

A one-litre manual transmission crossover may seem at best a niche product in Singapore, but Hyundai reckons a cheaper option Kona could have a wide appeal. And it might well be right.

For starters, the car is a whopping $42,000 - or 33 per cent - less expensive than its 1.6-litre automatic sibling.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2018, with the headline 'Little wonder'. Subscribe