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Hyundai Kona Review: A Versatile and Stylish SUV for Australian Roads

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Hyundai Kona Review: A Versatile and Stylish SUV for Australian Roads

 

By Jeff Gibbs

The Hyundai Kona has quickly become a popular choice in the Australian SUV market since its introduction. With its sleek design, extensive features, and strong performance, the Kona has proven to be a well-rounded vehicle that appeals to a wide range of drivers. In this review, we will explore the key aspects of the Hyundai Kona and how it fares on the roads of Australia.

Exterior Design: The Hyundai Kona boasts a distinctive and modern design that sets it apart from its competitors. Its bold front grille, sleek LED headlights, and sculpted body lines give it a sporty and eye-catching appearance. The SUV’s compact size makes it agile and easy to manoeuvre through busy city streets, while its raised ground clearance allows it to handle rougher terrains with ease. Additionally, the Kona offers a variety of attractive colour options, allowing buyers to personalize their vehicle to suit their style.

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Exterior of the Hyundai Kona.

Exterior of the Hyundai Kona.

Interior Comfort and Features: Step inside the Hyundai Kona, and you’ll find a well-designed and comfortable cabin. The materials used are of high quality, and the overall fit and finish feel premium. The supportive seats provide ample comfort for both short commutes and long journeys, making it an excellent choice for daily use and road trips.

The Kona offers a well-equipped infotainment system: With an intuitive touchscreen interface that is responsive and easy to use. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, allowing seamless smartphone integration for navigation, music, and communication. Depending on the trim level, the Kona also offers advanced features like a head-up display, wireless charging, and a premium sound system, enhancing the overall driving experience.

Interior of the new Hyundai Kona.

Interior of the new Hyundai Kona.

Space and Practicality: Despite its compact exterior, the Hyundai Kona impresses with its spacious interior. The rear seats offer enough legroom for adults, and the 60/40 split-folding rear seats allow for flexible cargo space. With the rear seats folded down, the Kona provides a generous cargo capacity, suitable for carrying sports equipment, groceries, or luggage for weekend getaways.

Engine Performance and Driving Experience: In the Australian market, the Hyundai Kona is available with a choice of petrol and electric powertrains. The petrol variants are powered by a fuel-efficient 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine or a more potent 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, both of which deliver satisfactory power and acceleration. The 1.6-litre turbo engine, in particular, offers an engaging driving experience with its responsive performance.

For eco-conscious drivers: The Kona Electric is a standout option. It features an electric motor with various battery capacities, providing impressive electric range and zero-emission driving. The instant torque delivery of the electric motor makes the Kona Electric feel zippy and responsive, making it an enjoyable and environmentally friendly choice for city driving.

Safety Features: Hyundai has prioritized safety in the Kona, equipping it with an array of advanced safety features. All variants come with essential safety technologies like a rear-view camera, lane-keeping assist, forward collision avoidance, and driver attention warning. Higher trim levels offer additional safety features, such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control, enhancing the overall safety of the vehicle.

Fuel Efficiency: The Hyundai Kona boasts competitive fuel efficiency, especially with the petrol variants. The 2.0-litre engine delivers impressive mileage figures for both city and highway driving, making it an economical choice for daily commuting and long trips.

The Hyundai Kona is a versatile and stylish SUV that excels in various aspects, making it a strong contender in the Australian market. Its modern design, comfortable interior, ample features, and solid performance make it a well-rounded choice for urban dwellers and adventure seekers alike. With its competitive pricing and excellent warranty coverage, the Hyundai Kona is undoubtedly worth considering for those in the market for a compact SUV in Australia.

 

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Casino Showground Bookings Now Available

 

We are excited to announce that the recently revitalised Casino Showground and Racecourse precinct will commence accepting bookings starting from Monday, June 3rd.

With a generous funding injection of $12.8 million from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, alongside contributions from various sources including the NSW Showground Stimulus Program, Drought Communities Funding, Crown Lands, and Council, the total investment in this redevelopment has reached $14.4 million.

This newly enhanced facility boasts a range of features including a spacious undercover arena, an outdoor sand arena, turfed areas, covered stables, and a state-of-the-art racehorse stable complex capable of accommodating up to 80 horses. Additionally, new parking areas for cars, trucks, and floats have been added for the convenience of visitors.

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Of notable appeal is the newly constructed racehorse exercise area, which includes round yards, a horse walker, and a 50-metre equine pool. These amenities are expected to draw considerable interest from equestrian enthusiasts and event organizers alike. Furthermore, enhancements such as powered event camping areas have expanded the facility’s versatility, allowing for hosting a diverse range of events including country music festivals, car shows, trade exhibitions, and markets.

Despite the official opening ceremony held on April 20th to commemorate the acknowledgment of government funding, certain essential construction tasks remain pending due to unforeseen circumstances. These include the high-voltage power upgrade, completion of the equine training area, and fencing installations crucial for ensuring the safety of all facility users.

Unfortunately, adverse weather conditions in the Northern Rivers region have exacerbated delays, saturating many areas of the facility and rendering them unsuitable for immediate use. However, efforts are underway to expedite the finalisation of these outstanding projects in alignment with the originally tendered project costs.

In tandem with these developments, the Council is set to deliberate on its Draft Revenue Policy for 2024-2025 at its upcoming meeting. This policy will outline the proposed fees for utilising the facility and will undergo a public exhibition period of 28 days following the meeting, during which community feedback and submissions will be welcomed.

We extend our gratitude to all existing stakeholders and potential users for their patience throughout this project’s completion, which has been hampered by unforeseen challenges. We eagerly anticipate opening all elements of this facility to serve the broader community.

For those interested in booking the venue, please visit the Council’s venue hire website.

 

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Serenitas Celebrates Grand Opening of Multi-Million Dollar Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort Evans Head

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Serenitas Celebrates Grand Opening of Multi-Million Dollar Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort Evans Head

 

Serenitas, a leading provider of lifestyle communities and resorts for individuals over 50, proudly announces the grand opening of the state-of-the-art Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort, Evans Head. The celebratory event saw enthusiastic homeowners joined by Mayor Robert Mustow and Serenitas CEO Rob Nichols, who officiated the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Nestled in the tranquil coastal enclave of Evans Head, the Clubhouse epitomises refined living and leisure. Located near the historic Evans Head Aerodrome and a short walk from pristine beaches, Thyme Evans Head offers an unparalleled blend of luxury and laid-back coastal charm.

Rob Nichols, CEO of Serenitas, expressed his excitement about the new facility: “We are thrilled to be opening the Thyme Evans Head Clubhouse, inviting residents and their guests to immerse themselves in the pinnacle of luxury living. With its striking architecture, ties to Evans Head’s aviation heritage, and a host of premium amenities, this opening heralds the next inspiring chapter for the resort’s homeowners and underscores Serenitas’ unwavering commitment to excellence.”

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The multi-million dollar Clubhouse features an array of exquisite facilities, including a fully equipped gym, heated swimming pool, health and beauty studio, luxurious cinema, sports bar complete with darts and pool table, croquet court, and more. A standout feature of the Clubhouse is the sophisticated Evans Lounge, providing homeowners a serene setting to enjoy views over the aerodrome by a cozy fireplace.

“The Clubhouse caters to every taste,” added Mr. Nichols. “From our active residents utilising the fitness facilities to our social groups making use of the Art & Craft Studio and other recreational spaces for gatherings and events.”

Demand for homes at Thyme Evans Head has been incredibly strong, with sales surpassing expectations since its inception. Located in the highly sought-after Northern Rivers district of NSW, Evans Head has emerged as a coveted community known for its relaxed coastal vibe and pristine waters.

“Our homes have garnered significant interest and are selling at an unprecedented pace,” remarked Rob Nichols. “With prices starting from $615,000, we are preparing to release our final homes for sale, reaffirming Evans Head’s status as a desirable destination for discerning homeowners.”

For more information about Thyme Evans Head, please visit here.

 

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Ranger Nick Honoured with Australian Owned Achievement Award

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Ranger Nick Honoured with Australian Owned Achievement Award

 

In a competitive field of contenders, Ranger Nick emerged victorious, securing the prestigious “Australian Owned Achievement Award 2024” in the recently announced Australian Owned Business Awards on May 7, 2024.

Surprised by the announcement, Ranger Nick received a message from the judging panel praising his unwavering commitment to Australian ownership and excellence. The panel acknowledged the stiff competition and commended Ranger Nick’s business as a leader in its domain.

Reflecting on the unexpected news, Ranger Nick expressed his elation, stating, “I was on my way to the Capella Country Music Festival, after spending a few days in the scrub with no mobile reception, when I received the news. Needless to say, I am absolutely thrilled, flattered and honoured.”

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This accolade marks Ranger Nick’s third triumph in a year, following his recognition as a Finalist in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards and as a Winner in the Innovation and Sustainability Excellence category of The Australian Rural Business Awards.

Renowned as the charismatic Aussie Bush Cook, Ranger Nick embodies the authentic Australian spirit with his unwavering passion for Australian heritage and traditions. He has dedicated himself to sharing his camp oven cooking and bushcraft skills with fellow adventurewrs across the country and abroad.

With four published books, his own merchandise line, and notable appearances on television and radio, including Channel 7Mates’ “Step Outside with Paul Burt” and West Bremer Radio, Ranger Nick’s influence continues to grow.

Grateful for the support he has received, Ranger Nick humbly thanked his supporters, expressing his determination to continue his endeavors. “I extend my heartfelt thanks to all for your unwavering support,” he said. “I better pull up my socks and keep on going.”

Ranger Nick eagerly anticipates receiving his official trophy at the Dayboro Annual Show in early July, marking another milestone in his illustrious career.

 

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