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Company Car & Van April 2018

REVIEW: HYUNDAI KONA

REVIEW: HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC More road reports at www.companycarandvan.co.uk No compromise with all-new Hyundai Kona Electric With the launch of the All-New Kona Electric, Hyundai Motor is offering the first fully-electric subcompact SUV on the European market. It’s a no-compromise car that combines Hyundai’s progressive SUV style and a zero-emission electric powertrain. The new model is available with two different powertrain versions, offering an outstanding range of up to 300 miles. . But it is more than just an eco-warrior: the All-New Kona Electric carries the same expressive design as the regular Kona and is exceptionally roomy with huge versatility, making it suitable for everyday use. Best of all, the All-New Kona Electric enables customers to combine the two fastest growing automotive trends – electrification and SUV style and carries the same expressive design and functionality of the regular Kona. The fully-electric version reflects the individual lifestyle of modern customers who benefit from great fun-todrive and the low environmental impact of a fully-electric car. The completely new platform of the Kona enables a space-saving integration of the battery packs without compromising the roominess. It features two powertrain versions, offering customers one of the most powerful electric motors. The long-range battery version provides driving range of up to 292 miles*, delivering a maximum output of 204 PS (150 kW). With 395 Nm of immediate torque and an acceleration of 7.6 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, the All-New Kona Electric provides a fun-to-drive experience. A special feature of the Kona Electric is the shift-by-wire operation gear control which enables an intuitive operation of the electric powertrain. The adjustable regenerative braking system allows the driver to adjust the intensity of the regenerative braking by using the paddle shifts behind the steering wheel. The system recuperates additional energy when possible. Drivers also benefit from the large seven-inch supervision cluster, which displays key information about the car’s driving performance and, in addition, the combiner head-up display shows relevant driving information directly to the driver’s line of sight. Externally, the Kona Electric adopts the expressive-looking and powerful front from the regular Kona. The key design differentiator is the closed grille which gives a clean and stylish appearance, while also enhancing aerodynamics. Another characteristic element of the front design is the Composite Light enhancing the visual impact, with the LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. The Kona Electric’s two-tone roof and the choice of seven distinctive exterior colours underline the personal style of its driver. This outstanding eco-model is equipped with the company’s latest active safety and driving assistance technologies, called SmartSense: Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Detection including Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Speed Limit Information Function. For the interior, customers can choose Black, available in woven, a combination of cloth and leather or pure leather. As an CHARGING FACTS Charge Time - Standard: Approx. 6hrs 10 min Charge Time - Quick Charge: Approx. 54 min up to 80% Performance 0-to-62 mph: 9.3 secs CO 2 – 0 (g/km) Range: Up to 186 miles option, there is the three-tone Blue and Grey interior colour available with cloth and leather or leather. Most prominent is the dedicated centre console in the All-New Kona Electric, which combines all the buttons to facilitate operation of the car intuitively with the shiftby-wire gear control. An extra storage space for personal items can be found underneath the centre console. The new high-resolution seven-inch supervision cluster displays the different gauges, such as the speedometer, battery charge level, energy flow and driving mode to the driver. Depending on the selected drive mode, background colour and gauges are adapted to always provide the most important and useful information. In addition, the head-up display (HUD) projects the relevant driving information directly to the driver’s line of sight. This allows faster processing of information while keeping attention on the road ahead. The All-New Kona Electric offers several features for maximum on-board comfort, such as the power front seats with 8-way electric adjustment for optimal seating positions for each front passenger. The driver benefits from an additional 2-way electric lumbar support system. Furthermore, the front seats have a 3-step ventilation and 3-step heating system for a convenient drive in different weather conditions. Another convenience feature for cold weather conditions is the optional heated steering wheel. Plenty of space is offered to both passengers and luggage. The legroom in the first row is 1,054 mm, while passengers in the back seat benefit from 850 mm of legroom. The headroom accounts for 1,006 mm in the front and 948 mm in the rear. Luggage space totalling 332 l, including storage of the charging cable (373 l without), offers generous roominess, making it suitable for everyday needs. 26 | April 2018 | Company Car & Van www.companycarandvan.co.uk

Revised 3 plays to Mazda’s strengths Andrew Walker When do you reach a mid-life crisis? In the case of new cars today, about three years after they’re launched. A case in point is the latest Mazda3, which was updated in late 2016. So what exactly has changed? Well, the front grille is larger and there’s a lowered badge on the more prominent grille, bringing the 3 closer in design to the CX-3. The front headlights now feature adaptive LED bulbs, replacing the old xenon units. There’s new door mirror-mounted indicators and the rear bumper has been re profiled and has some slashes in it. Inside, the changes are slightly more noticeable. There’s a new electric handbrake freeing up room for two central cupholders. There’s also redesigned and better quality door trims, featuring larger more practical cup-holders. A new 3-spoke steering, similar to the one found in the MX-5 adds a touch of style and the dash-mounted infotainment screen is thinner. Mazda sent Company Car & Van the SE-L Nav model, the second from top in the range. It offers heated front seats, Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), front rain sensing wipers, dusk-sensing headlights, LED front fog lights, rear and rear side privacy glass windows, rear parking sensors, heated (three-stage) front seats, cruise control with manual speed adjustment, dual-zone climate control, Mazda Navigation System and an adjustable speed limiter. Powered by the fleet-friendly 1.5 105ps diesel engine, my test car felt quite sprightly, even with four adults on board. There is an argument to go for the larger 2.2 diesel, or even as they come into vogue, the 2.0 litre petrol version. Having tried both, while the 2.2 diesel is nippy, it can’t match the 99g/ km of CO2 in the 1.5, and the 2.0 litre petrol version gave me a disappointing 41.2mpg on the combined cycle. The 1.5 diesel giving me a much better 51.6 mpg. The Mazda 3 hatchback is roomy up front but quite tight in the rear especially headroom-wise, with the 3’s sloping roof the culprit. For those after boot space, the Mazda offers a 364-litre boot, which lags behind the 470 litres in the Peugeot 308, Volkswagen Golf’s 380 litres and the Vauxhall Astra’s 370 litres. When the rear seats are folded flat this increases to 1,263 litres. Driving the Mazda3 is enjoyable. Its manual six-speed gear box makes for smooth and precise gear changes and handling is also impressive, whether on winding country roads or on the motorway. In town and in traffic, the Mazda i-stop system performs well, silencing the engine when required to help you save on fuel, with no CC&V FACTS Price: £21,395 CO2: 96g/km BIK: 19% Combined fuel economy: 74.3mpg VERDICT It’s a mid-life crisis solved for Mazda: in a very competitive sector, the 3 comes up trumps. discernible drag when it kicks back in again. Only small improvements may have been made to the Mazda3, but it is unquestionably better for it. The real surprise for me was just how well the small 1.5 diesel engine performed. With only 105ps on offer I thought it would feel underpowered, but I needn’t have worried. In a ridiculously competitive sector the Mazda 3 will do well as it brings a certain poise on the road, allied to top-quality build quality and great reliability. www.companycarandvan.co.uk Company Car & Van | April 2018 | 27

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