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The New Hyundai Kona 1.6 Hybrid N Line S vs. Volkswagen T-Roc 1.5 TSI 150 R-Line: A Comparison

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Hyundai Kona vs. Volkswagen T-Roc

Hyundai Kona 1.6 Hybrid N Line S

  • Price: £34,225
  • Efficiency: Promises impressive efficiency in hybrid form.
  • Features: Lavishly equipped and more practical than its predecessor.
Hyundai Kona 1.6 Hybrid N Line S
Hyundai Kona 1.6 Hybrid N Line S

Volkswagen T-Roc 1.5 TSI 150 R-Line

  • Price: £34,575
  • Comparison Price: Target Price £32,896
  • Performance: One of the best small SUVs, especially in entry-level Life trim.
  • Evaluation: How does the top-spec petrol version compare?
Volkswagen T-Roc 1.5 TSI 150 R-Line
Volkswagen T-Roc 1.5 TSI 150 R-Line

Evolution of South Korean Cars: Hyundai and Kia

Back in 2013, South Korean brands like Hyundai and Kia were considered oddball choices in the UK. However, fast forward to today, and both brands have become synonymous with reliability, innovation, and style. Just as K-Pop band BTS went from unknown to selling out Wembley, Hyundai and Kia have gone from strength to strength in the automotive world.

Hyundai Kona vs. Volkswagen T-Roc: A Battle of Small SUVs

The new Hyundai Kona small SUV is poised to continue Hyundai’s winning streak. With increased interior space, a new infotainment system, and the ability for over-the-air software updates, the Kona is a strong contender in the small SUV market.

In this comparison, we pit the Hyundai Kona 1.6 Hybrid N Line S against one of the best small SUVs, the Volkswagen T-Roc 1.5 TSI 150 R-Line. How do these sporty trims fare in terms of driving performance, ride comfort, and overall refinement?

Driving Dynamics: Kona vs. T-Roc

Both the Kona and T-Roc boast sporty trims (N Line S and R-Line, respectively), but their performance differs. The Kona, with its electric motor, offers quick acceleration from a standstill. However, the lighter and more powerful T-Roc ultimately delivers livelier performance, accelerating from 0-60mph in 8.5sec compared to the Kona’s 9.9sec.

On the road, the T-Roc feels more like a sporty hatchback, with taut suspension and responsive steering. In contrast, the Kona’s softer suspension prioritizes comfort, but it can feel less composed on winding roads.

Both models excel as quiet cruisers, with minimal wind and road noise at higher speeds. However, the T-Roc’s seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox can be hesitant, especially in Eco mode, while the Kona’s six-speed automatic provides smoother acceleration.

Conclusion

In conclusion, while the Hyundai Kona offers impressive efficiency and comfort, the Volkswagen T-Roc shines in terms of performance and handling. Your choice between the two will depend on your priorities: efficiency and comfort (Kona) or performance and agility (T-Roc).

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