Hyundai Kona review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Hyundai Kona 2021 infotainment
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 front cornering
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 rear
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 dashboard
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 rear seats
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 front seats
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 infotainment
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 front
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 rear
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 alloy wheel
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 front seats
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 instruments
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 head-up display (HUD)
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 front cornering
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 rear
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 dashboard
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 rear seats
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 front seats
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 infotainment
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 front
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 rear
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 alloy wheel
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 front seats
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 instruments
  • Hyundai Kona 2021 head-up display (HUD)
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

In simple terms, as a cash buy, the Kona is bit more expensive than an equivalent Skoda Kamiq but cheaper than a Ford Puma. The same usually holds true if you're buying on PCP finance, although this does vary month to month according to manufacturer special offers.

The official fuel economy and CO2 emissions of the 1.0 T-GDi Kona are nothing to write home about but the Hybrid model is seriously frugal. It delivers its best fuel economy in urban environments, although it's still respectably efficient on a motorway. Low CO2 emissions make this the Kona to go for if you're a company car driver paying benefit in kind (BIK) tax.

The case for range-topping Ultimate trim is even harder to make, despite the fact that it comes with loads of creature comforts as standard. The regular petrol model (not the Hybrid) is available in sporty N Line, but unless you've fallen in love with the more aggressive looks, it is hard to recommend.

Hyundai Kona 2021 infotainment

Reliability

Hyundai did very well in the What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing in sixth place (out of 31 brands) in the overall league table. That was one position below Skoda, but above Ford, Kia and Volkswagen. 

Overview

The hybrid version has low CO2 emissions on its side, but otherwise the Kona is outclassed by the many other small SUVs available to choose from at this price. The Ford Puma is more fun, the T-Roc more comfortable and the Skoda Kamiq more practical.

  • Low CO2 emissions (Hybrid)
  • Generous standard kit
  • Good infotainment system
  • Bumpy ride
  • Not very practical
  • So-so performance of the 1.0 T-GDi
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