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Hyundai Kona

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Summary


The Hyundai Kona is a small SUV/crossover that was launched in 2017, sharing its platform with the Kia Stonic. It was updated for 2021, with improved connectivity and a new sporty-look trim dubbed N-Line.

The Kona is currently available with a choice of petrol and hybrid power – diesel versions were axed in 2019. Hyundai also sells the Kona Electric which is covered in a separate report as it is substantially different to this regular version. A Kona N performance model joined the range in mid 2021.

The Hyundai Kona has received mostly average to good reviews from the UK motoring media, with very consistent scores from different sources. Its equipment, especially the infotainment, and its five-year warranty comes in for praise, but the car is criticised for a dull interior and uninspiring drive.

Reviewers point out that the car now faces some high-quality rivals, such as the Ford Puma and Skoda Kamiq. “The latest revisions have made it a bit more competitive, but it’s still not the most practical choice – nor the best drive,” comments HeyCar.

The Hybrid introduced as part of the 2021 update does not greatly impress either, Auto Express pointing out that it’s not a lot more eco-friendly than the 1.0-litre petrol version but costs a lot more to buy. Thankfully the hybrid system does not take up boot space because at 374 litres it’s pretty modest compared to rivals.

Even the Kona’s updated looks don’t chime with all – “surely the most outrageously styled Hyundai the world has ever seen,” comments Top Gear.

As of March 2022, the Hyundai Kona has an Expert Rating of 60% based on 30 reviews. That puts it in the bottom half of the small SUV segment, while its electric sibling sits almost at the top of the class.

Kona highlights

  • Reasonable value for money
  • Good specification
  • Quality infotainment
  • Long warranty

Kona lowlights

  • Dull drive
  • Uninspiring interior finish
  • Hybrid pricey for modest green gains
  • Marmite styling

Key specifications


Body style: Small SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, hybrid
Price: From £21,265 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2017
Last updated: Winter 2020/21
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2017

87%

ADULT OCCUPANT

85%

CHILD OCCUPANT

62%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

60%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of March 2022, the Hyundai Kona has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

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Hyundai KonaThe Hyundai Kona has received mostly average to good reviews from the UK motoring media, with very consistent scores from different sources. It has received praise for its value for money and decent specification, but criticism for its driving dynamics and overall quality compared to rivals.