Hyundai Kona review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Introduction

Hyundai Kona 2022 front cornering
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 front cornering
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 rear right tracking
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 interior dashboard
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 interior rear seats
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 interior front seats
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 interior infotainment
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 right tracking
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 rear cornering
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 right tracking
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 front cornering
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 badge detail
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 interior detail
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 interior detail
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 boot open
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 front cornering
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 rear right tracking
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 interior dashboard
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 interior rear seats
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 interior front seats
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 interior infotainment
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 right tracking
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 rear cornering
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 right tracking
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 front cornering
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 badge detail
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 interior detail
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 interior detail
  • Hyundai Kona 2022 boot open
What Car?’s Kona deals
New car deals
Save up to £1,412
Target Price from £20,483
Save up to £1,412
or from £218pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Leasing deals
From £221pm

Introduction

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There actually used to be a diesel model to cover that off as well but it was withdrawn from sale due to lack of demand.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

FAQs

  • 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

At a glance
New car deals
Save up to £1,412
Target Price from £20,483
Save up to £1,412
or from £218pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Leasing deals
From £221pm
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
Available colours