The Kona isn't the quietest small SUV in the world. Its three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine makes a bit of a din when you work it hard and you feel some vibration through the soles of your feet.
The 1.6-litre turbocharged engine is smoother but doesn't sound particularly tuneful and becomes quite boomy when revved hard.
At motorway speeds, the Kona also generates more wind and road noise than the best small SUVs, including the T-Roc. The gearshift isn't bad, although there isn’t the same positive snick as in an Arona as you shift from one cog to another. You might also find the brake pedal a bit spongy and slow to respond.
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