Today, thanks to the parallel import scheme, absolutely any car can be brought to Russia without “except” and “but”. Reviewed by an expert from Za Rulem, the oldest and most authoritative automotive publication in Russia, Alexander Vinogradov Hyundai Kona is a direct competitor and direct alternative to the popular crossover hyundai Crete. Why not buy?
Indeed, the Hyundai Kona is the closest competitor to the new generation Creta and no more expensive. For 1.7 million you have a crossover with a 1.6 turbo engine, a robot and all-wheel drive, the mileage of which will fit in 40 thousand km. But there is something to think about. There are drawbacks.
1. Cheap interior materials
The interior is quieter than that of the Creta, but mainly cheap materials have been used. Their resistance to abrasion is a big question. For example, on the steering wheel of a 3-year-old car there are already noticeable wear marks.
No offense to the engineers, but the rear row of seats is very, very cramped. At the same time, the trunk capacity does not differ. The role of the only car in the Kona family is not suitable. Granted, if your family is from the no-children category, why not?
3. In the event of an accident
It is impossible to find body parts for Kona in Russia – the car was never officially delivered to us. Therefore, fenders, doors, bumpers, etc. will have to be ordered from the USA or Korea in the event of an accident. And it won’t be cheap.
A major asset of Kona
But other spare parts in Russia are plentiful. Engine, transmission, suspension – they are all well known to the military and are similar to those on which they are installed kia Seltos. There is an original and a non-original.
This makes the Hyundai Kona a good alternative to the Kreta and other subcompact crossovers. If you don’t get into an accident.
You can learn more about the characteristics of the Hyundai Kona in the February issue of the magazine “Behind the wheel” – already on sale.
The material was prepared on the basis of Alexander Vinogradov’s article “Cretasubstitute”, published in issue 2.2023 of the magazine “Behind the wheel”.
Source: Z R
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