Hyundai Kona review

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22 Nov 2017 10:19 | Last updated: 15 Oct 2018 15:40

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It’s fair to say What Car? is looking more like What Small SUV? of late. The British public can't get enough of them and car manufacturers are only too happy to jack up the traditional hatchback in search of sales.

The Hyundai Kona fits the brief perfectly. Although it doesn’t look like one, it’s best to think of it as a raised i20, Hyundai’s small car. That makes it very much a small SUV and a rival to models such as the Kia StonicSeat Arona and Citroën C3 Aircross.

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The cheapest version is powered by a 118bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine and has a six-speed manual gearbox, but there's also a 175bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol with a seven-speed auto ’box and four-wheel drive. In terms of diesel, a 1.6-litre unit is available with 113bhp or 134bhp.

So has Hyundai done enough with the Kona to lead the small SUV charge? And which engine and trim makes the most sense? Read our full review to find out.

Be sure to check out our latest deals if you decide to buy a Kona – you might be surprised by how much you can save.

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There are 5 trims available for the Kona hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
S
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...View trim
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SE
SE trim gets an impressive 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, as well as 17in alloys, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. It’s the bes...View trim
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Premium
Mid-spec Premium gets you 18in alloys, climate control, keyless entry and start, as well as wireless smartphone charging, but it’s a fairly big jump in price from SE...View trim
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Premium SE
Premium SE adds extra safety kit, such as blindspot detection and rear cross-traffic alert, a head-up display and heated seats on top of everything you get on Premium trim...View trim
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Premium GT
Premium GT is only available with the range-topping 1.6 petrol engine and gets a safety pack as standard that brings automatic emergency braking, a head-up display and full LED headlights with high...View trim
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