Hyundai Kona 1.0T GDi Blue Drive S 5dr Review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors
Available colours:
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RRP £18,250What Car? Target Price£17,076
Review

With decent performance, palatable running costs and an easy-to-use infotainment system, the Kona range has much in its favour. However, while the Kona Electric impresses with its hot-hatch acceleration and competitive range between charges, the petrol-engined models are shown up by the hybrid’s lower running costs. Rival small SUVs have more interior space, too, so the Kona struggles to stand out in its class.

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Entry-level S trim gets you 16in alloy wheels, air-con, cruise control, electric front and rear windows, but you have have to pay extra for automatic emergency braking and you miss out on a proper infotainment system.

You might imagine that a dinky 1.0-litre petrol engine would struggle to haul around an SUV, but remember that the Kona has a smaller footprint than a VW Golf. Outright acceleration is more than acceptable (0-60mph took 10.4sec in our tests) and, thanks to relatively short gearing, the Kona even picks up speed reasonably swiftly when you accelerate from low revs in the higher gears.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH12 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

45.6

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

361

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

142

g/km

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