What Car? says...
If there's one thing the Hyundai Kona gives you plenty of, it's choice. This quirky-looking hatchback is available in petrol, hybrid or pure electric form so, unless your day involves tearing up and down motorways, there's a version that will suit you.
There actually used to be a diesel model to cover that off as well but it was withdrawn from sale due to lack of demand. In this review we're focusing on the petrol and hybrid versions. If it's the electric model you're interested in, check out our review of the Kona Electric.
The Kona was ranked an impressive fifth in the small SUVs table of the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. Hyundai’s performance in the brand league was excellent too: it came joint third with Suzuki out of 30 car makers featured (Lexus and Dacia were first and second). The Kona comes with a standard Hyundai five-year, unlimited mileage warranty. Read more here
The Hyundai Kona is available as a hybrid and fully electric model, but not as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). The hybrid is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine combined with an electric motor, and offers decent performance and economy. The all-electric model – the Hyundai Kona Electric – is available with a 39kWh or 64kWh battery, for an official range of up to 189 or 300 miles. Read more here
We really rate the Hyundai Kona Electric but if you’re looking for a conventional model, the Hyundai Kona 1.6 GDi Hybrid in entry-level SE Connect trim is our tip. The hybrid set-up delivers strong performance and economy, while SE Connect keeps the price down but still gets climate control, cruise control and rear parking sensors. Read more here
The Kona’s Premium trim is a step up from entry-level SE Connect, and gets you bigger alloys, a larger 10.3in touchscreen and other kit. We reckon it’s a bit pricey for what you get though. Top-level Ultimate is more expensive again, and includes everything you could think of, but pushes the Kona price up to the same level as bigger and better rivals. Read more here
The Hyundai Kona was given a full five-star rating by safety experts Euro NCAP, but that was in 2017, and their processes have become much tougher since then, making comparisons with newer models difficult. Automatic emergency braking (AEB) comes as standard, and you get an upgraded system with higher trim levels. Read more here
The Hyundai Kona’s boot is a bit smaller than the class average, with a volume of 374 litres. As a guide, we squeezed in four carry-on suitcases, compared with five in the Seat Arona and six in the Volkswagen T-Roc. The Kona has a wide boot opening and the rear seats lie almost flat when they’re folded down, improving access and capacity. Read more here
|RRP price range||£21,625 - £37,900|
|Number of trims (see all)||5|
|Number of engines (see all)||5|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol, electric, hybrid|
|MPG range across all versions||32.8 - 57.6|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||5 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£61 / £2,542|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£122 / £5,083|