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Hyundai Kona N (2021 to 2023)

Expert Rating

Used car score:

59
%
D

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

67
%
D

Safety Rating:

56
%
D

Eco Rating:

51
%
C

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

47
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

Used car score:

59
%
D

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

67
%
D

Safety Rating:

56
%
D

Eco Rating:

51
%
C

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

47
%
D

Summary


The Hyundai Kona N was a compact five-door SUV/crossover which is the performance-enhanced version of the standard Kona SUV range, and currently the largest model in the Hyundai ‘N’ family.

First arriving on UK roads in Autumn 2021, the Kona N had a fairly short production life as it was discontinued in late 2023 when the overall Kona range was replaced with an all-new model. At this stage, there has been no announcement about an N version of the new Kona.

The Kona N was powered by a 276hp 2.0-litre petrol engine – the same unit found in the Hyundai i30 N hot hatch. Autocar said that the combination of this powerful engine and the SUV’s agile handling made the Kona N feel like “a true hot hatch with a dash of extra ride height”, while Top Gear claimed that the Hyundai was the “most fun small performance crossover on sale”.

This accolade was slightly hollow when you consider that there weren’t many performance crossovers on the market at the time, and many reviewers stated that the class-leading Ford Puma ST was a better option. Comparing both models, What Car? concluded that the Kona N offered “less practicality, a smaller interior and louder road noise at motorway speeds”, while Parkers added that the Puma ST was also cheaper.

“You do have to accept a few small sacrifices”, Auto Express argued, “but they’re easy to make for the breadth of ability on offer here – the Kona N is more thrilling than many hot hatchbacks on sale.”

As of January 2024, the Hyundai Kona N holds a Used Car Expert Rating of D, with a score of 59%. As a used car, the Kona N is let down heavily by its high running costs. It’s also not helped by fairly poor media reviews and a safety rating that is now out of date.

Kona N highlights

  • One of the most exciting small SUVs to drive
  • Handling that inspires confidence
  • Well-equipped
  • Intuitive infotainment
  • Competitively priced

Kona N lowlights

  • Loud engine at high speeds
  • Rather cramped rear seating
  • Interior design uses cheap plastics
  • Not as practical as the Ford Puma ST
  • Stiff suspension

Key specifications


Body style: Small SUV
Engines:
petrol
Price when new:
From £35,820 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2021
Last updated: N/A
Discontinued: Winter 2023/24


Media reviews


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

Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Evo

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Heycar

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Parkers

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2017
Date expired: January 2024
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 87%
Child protection: 85%
Vulnerable road users: 62%
Safety assist: 60%

Notes on safety rating

The Hyundai Kona N shares its safety rating with the regular Kona range, which was crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2017 and awarded a five-star rating.

However, this rating expired in January 2024 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

However, if you are comparing a used Kona N to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Hyundai Kona N was not lab tested by Green NCAP during its production life.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

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

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Kona N, 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 models33 mpgE33 – 33 mpgE – E
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models194 g/kmD194 – 194 g/kmD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models27B27 – 27B – B
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£324C
Year 2£762C
Year 3£1,192C
Year 4£1,385C
Year 5£1,775C
Overall£5,438C

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

The biggest bill for any car owner is usually petrol, and the Kona N is very thirsty. While this is not that surprising, given that it’s a performance model, it still means that you’ll be shelling out regularly to fill up the tank.

Insurance costs shouldn’t be too bad, while servicing costs are fairly average.

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An SUV with the driving dynamics and performance of a hot hatch, the Hyundai Kona N was well-equipped, but not as practical as the Ford Puma ST.Hyundai Kona N (2021 to 2023)