Hyundai Kona review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Performance & drive

Hyundai Kona 2021 rear
  • 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:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

The entry-level 1.0-litre petrol (badged 1.0 T-GDi) has a respectable 118bhp, but performance is best described as 'pedestrian'. It takes a length 11.9sec to hit 62mph from a standstill, so is slower than nearly all of its direct rivals. It stops shot of being frustratingly sluggish, though.

The Hybrid version is certainly quicker. It's powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine paired with an electric motor, which together pump out up to 139bhp. The boost from the electric motor is available from a standstill, giving nippy acceleration off the mark, and you can drive on electric power alone at low speeds for short distances. 

Hyundai Kona 2021 rear

Handling

The relatively stiff suspension helps the Kona change direction without too much body lean. It stays more upright through tight twists and turns than a Citroen C3 Aircross or Renault Captur

Unfortunately, the experience isn't remotely entertaining because the steering is overly light and feels somewhat disconnected from the front wheels. The Kona is also easily knocked off line by mid-corner bumps, which saps your confidence if you're driving quickly along a country road.

This is a car that is best suited to town driving. If you want a small SUV that handles well and will really put a smile on your face, take a look at the Ford Puma or Audi Q2.

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