The constant cycle of coronavirus restrictions and ‘lock downs’ are truly starting to be more than a pain in the ass. I was intending time the buying of a new car with the end of financial year sales (that is the 30th of June for those not from Australia), but I am now wayyyyy behind schedule in my test drives. I goes without saying I have truly missed the end of financial year sales.
I test drove the new Hyundai Kona a few weeks ago and hated it. I concluded it was mediocre in every respect, and couldn’t understand why SUVs are all the rage. When my friends heard my opinion, they promptly sent me back to Hyundai for a repeat test drive. My friends absolutely swore by SUVs, telling me once converted there was no going back. And according to them (and also some professional reviews on TopGear), the Hyundai Kona is one of the better SUVs.
I remain sceptical but I had some time today between inspections at work so I decided to heed my friends’ advice and stepped back into the Hyundai dealer to do a second test drive of the Hyundai Kona. I am after all more a fashion blogger than a car girl, so I figured if I am to blog about my car test driving, I might as well show what I am wearing to test drive the car.
And today I wore a classic office dress: a black Portman’s peplum pencil dress to the office, matched with a CUE belt, my usual go-to Salvatore Ferragamo slingback high heeled pumps and nude hosiery from Target.
Taking my time this time to make sure I fully ‘appreciated’ the car, I returned an hour later with my updated thoughts of the new Hyundai Kona:
- Interior is well screwed together. No arguments there. But the feel though, is ummm, rather Korean…
- Embossed side door speakers still look upmarket from a distance… (until you approach it closer and trying to work out if ‘KRELL’ is a premium or cheap brand of speakers…)
- Instrument display, scrolling thru, provide a host of quirky (but probably unnecessary) information rival Toyota Corolla doesn’t such as a compass, tyre pressure monitor…
- Car is reasonably spacious for its size/class
- Mediocre looking interior lacks upmarket feel: it’s all a massive swath of black that matches my black dress I am wearing today so that I literally blend into the car…
- Mediocre black interior still composed of the most unappealing hard plastics!
- I still don’t like that large tablet like touch screen – it is oversized but sparse when it comes to functions or display (ok, admittedly not as sparse as the one in a Toyota Corolla): in short the little information and function the screen possess can be squeezed into something half the size and still works fine.
- Hard plastics don’t just dominate the inside, on the outside around the wheels there are swaths of those black hard plastics too!
- As for the rest of the look of the car from the outside (ignoring the swaths of those black hard plastics around the wheels) I still think it’s weird and UGLY!
- Mediocre handling and refinement on the road – not the quietest nor the most, well for lack of a better word – refined.
- Is it just me or is there something wrong with the cruise control? The cruise control doesn’t work! So I took it out onto the motorway and set the speed to 110km/hr. The car will go anywhere from 97km/hr to 122 km/hr! So what typically happens is on uphill the speed drops, and drops, and keeps dropping until it goes below 100km/hr (bearing in mind I set it at 110km/hr), and when it goes to roughly 97km/hr the engine then kicks in, and overdoes it, not stopping until it is well over 120km/hr! I have never driven a car with such useless cruise control!
CONCLUSION: still a rather bland and mediocre car. Instrument display does provide a host of (probably unnecessary) information rival Toyota Corolla doesn’t, such as a compass, tyre pressure monitor… but a cruise control which doesn’t hold its set speed is probably the deal breaker for me. I have to disappoint my friends. Walking away from the Hyundai Kona SUV, I still don’t see why SUVs are so popular.
Occasion: Office & new car test drive – Hyundai Kona SUV
Portman’s black peplum pencil dress
Salvatore Ferragamo slingback high heeled pumps
Nude hosiery from Target
Belt from CUE