What's the used Hyundai Kona hatchback like?
Giving a car striking looks can be a double-edged sword in terms of how it does in the new and used car markets. It makes sense in the new car market because there’s often the complaint that each new vehicle looks much the same as its competitors. Trouble is, rocking the boat might not work in the more conservative used car market where changing fashions might make a vehicle unfashionable. So the question is, does the Hyundai Kona stand out as a used purchase and is there an exemplary package hiding behind its quirky looks?
The engine range in the Kona consists of two petrol engines and one diesel. If you want four-wheel drive, then you’ll need to go for the 173bhp 1.6-litre petrol version that also comes with a seven-speed automatic. The more frugal 118bhp 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine offers decent performance, while the 113bhp and 134bhp 1.6-litre diesels are the thriftiest models in the range, if not the most refined.
Inside the Kona you are treated to a dashboard that’s awash with hard plastics. Granted, that’s not unlike the Volkswagen T-Roc, but at least you get some coloured pieces that lift things in the T-Roc, whereas you’ll need one of the top two tiers of Kona to find similar design flourishes. The Kona is at least well screwed together and comes as standard with plenty of equipment, although autonomous emergency braking isn’t standard unless you have a top-of-the-range Premium GT – something many rivals fit as standard across the range. Electric lumbar support is fitted from SE and upwards, which is a novelty in this market. Every Kona gets 16in alloys, air-con, a DAB stereo, cruise control and electric windows, but we’d go for an SE model because you have a 7.0in touchscreen with full smartphone compatibility, reversing camera and rear parking sensors all coming as standard.
To drive, the Kona has plenty of grip for a small SUV and a reasonable ride on smaller 16in and 17in wheels. Larger 18in ones tend to spoil things, especially on rougher stretches of Tarmac. The steering is slightly heavier than its competitors like the Seat Arona, but it is light enough for parking, has consistent weighting at speed and is quite precise. Road and wind noise, while not excessive, is greater than you'll find in many of its rivals.
Space up front is fine and there’s lots of adjustment in the seats and steering wheel. Room for those in the rear is less impressive and taller occupants will find their knees digging into the hard plastic backing of the front seats, something that will become uncomfortable on longer trips. Overall boot volume is smaller than the class average, but four standard suitcases should fit in there without too much issue.
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