This article originally appeared on PerthNow on December 18, 2017 and can be viewed here
Listening to a self-improvement podcast recently – one of my favourite things to do – I was intrigued by the concept of signature colours and how having one can notably increase your happiness in life.
A glance inside my wardrobe, however, reveals I’m not exactly big on colour (my daily uniform rarely ventures from minimalist shades of black, grey and denim, with no sign of a signature hue) but if I’m honest, I’ve always loved the idea of rocking it like Iris Apfel.
So when I was asked to road-test Hyundai’s brand new model, the Kona Highlander, I knew this was my chance to throw caution to the wind and embrace my secret yearning. You see, the Kona is all about living life in colour. It’s basically a rainbow per(car?)sonified.
I went for the brightest of the bunch, a fab shade of orange aptly named ‘Tangerine Comet’, and just getting behind the wheel of something this bright and head-turny was a straight-up thrill. The Kona’s tagline – ‘way more fun than your car’ – was already bang on.
It was a typical December scorcher in Perth, but the ingenious air-ventilated seats and impressive air-con had my back. It was 37C outside, but I was cruising in total comfort.
As a self-confessed podcast enthusiast, bluetooth is the way to my heart, and the Kona has connectivity to boot. Hyundai has integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too, so you can replicate your iPhone on the touchscreen display and safely play music, listen to podcasts, make calls, send texts or use Google Maps. All the essentials.
But in true millennial style, I was most intrigued to test out the wireless smartphone charging pad in the centre console. Being generally sceptical of such wireless hocus pocus, I assumed it would only work about 42% of the time. Not owning the latest iPhone myself, I dropped past my brother’s work to test it out with his. As we repeatedly dropped the phone into the console, it immediately started charging every.single.time. Like magic. Hyundai, you’ve nailed it, and now my brother wants a Kona.
As well as all the connectivity stuff us millennials live for, you’ll find a Head-Up display with all the important data (like your speed) projected right in front of your eyes so you never have to take them off the road, a handy push-button start and some of the most comprehensive, modern safety features in existence today.
This is a new-age SUV that ticks all my boxes; compact yet spacious, stylish yet practical, fun yet safe. And with the freedom to express yourself through more than 150 colour combinations (including exterior colour, interior leather trim and roof colour), I’d say it’s definitely the type of car Iris would approve of.
Want to know what our West Wheels editor thought about the Kona? Read the review here.
For more information about the Hyundai Kona, visit www.johnhughes.com.au