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Hyundai Kona

(2023 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

69
%
B

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

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Media Rating:

75
%
B

Safety Rating:

70
%
B

Eco Rating:

-

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

68
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

69
%
B

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

75
%
B

Safety Rating:

70
%
B

Eco Rating:

-

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

68
%
B

Summary


The Hyundai Kona is a small SUV/crossover that sits between the smaller Bayon and larger Tucson in Hyundai’s SUV line-up. This is the second-generation model which is now available as a petrol or petrol-electric hybrid model.

While its predecessor shared its foundations with the petrol-powered Kia Stonic, the new Kona is based on the latest version of the battery-powered Kona Electric, and has been adapted to appeal to customers more interested in traditional petrol and hybrid cars.

Reviewers agree that the crossover is a certain improvement over the previous iteration. Parker‘s Alex Ingram says that the Kona’s “physical growth in size compared with its predecessor means it’s now big enough to comfortably cover typical family-car duties”, while the What Car? team concludes that Hyundai has turned the SUV into “an efficient, spacious and very well-equipped small SUV with lots of appeal.”

That said, some outlets assert that the hybrid version is rather underpowered, while others take issue with the crossover’s ride quality. The Kona’s styling is unlike anything else in this segment, which has delighted some reviewers while leaving others less impressed. It will certainly be a significant factor in customer buying decisions.

As of March 2024, the Hyundai Kona holds a New Car Expert Rating of B, with a score of 74%. This is largely based on the Kona’s media reviews, safety rating and running cost data, as the model is too new to have any meaningful reliability data. Check back soon.

Kona highlights

  • Spacious and well-equipped interior
  • Competitive pricing
  • Intuitive infotainment

Kona lowlights

  • Rivals are more fun to drive
  • Value will depreciate faster than other small SUVs
  • Hybrid model feels slow

Key specifications


Body style: Small SUV/crossover
Engines:
petrol, petrol-electric hybrid
Price:
From £25,725 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2023
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests 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 score: 4 stars
Date tested: December 2023
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 80%
Child protection: 83%
Vulnerable road users: 64%
Safety assist: 60%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of March 2024, the Hyundai Kona has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of March 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the latest iteration of the Hyundai Kona to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as we have sufficient data on the second-generation Kona, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models46 mpgC44 – 49 mpgC – C
Hybrid models60 mpgA60 – 60 mpgA – A
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models143 g/kmB131 – 150 g/kmA – B
Hybrid models107 g/kmA106 – 107 g/kmA – A
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models19A16 – 28A – B
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£204B
Year 2£543B
Year 3£888B
Year 4£1,113B
Year 5£1,436B
Overall£4,184B

The Hyundai Kona is a pretty affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Petrol models average fuel consumption of 46mpg (44 to 49mpg) which sits around the market average, while hybrid models are much more fuel efficient, offering 60mpg on average. The car’s servicing and maintenance costs should be fairly affordable over the course of the first five years of ownership, and the Kona has fairly low insurance premiums.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Hyundai Kona has received.

2023

  • Auto Express AwardsCar of the Year
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Small Family Car

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The second-generation Hyundai Kona is more spacious and refined than its predecessor, but the performance of hybrid models is uninspiring.Hyundai Kona