What should I look for in a used Hyundai Kona hatchback?
While it's extremely unlikely, some models of Kona are fitted with four-wheel drive and therefore may have been taken off road. Have a look under the car for any bits of broken plastic cladding that could indicate some action. SE Konas and above get rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera to help with parking, but make sure that the wheels haven’t been heavily kerbed and that there aren’t any deep scratches in the plastic body cladding or paintwork.
The seats in some Konas have lighter colour fabric inserts on the seats that could show up some stains, and there are lots of hard plastics that might be susceptible to being damaged.
What are the most common problems with a used Hyundai Kona hatchback?
There haven’t been any recalls for the Kona yet, which is encouraging, but it's still too new to have been included in our latest What Car? Reliability Survey. However, Hyundai as a brand managed a very credible ninth place out of 31 manufacturers.
You should be aware that diesel Konas are fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). This is a device that traps the soot produced and regenerates it when the car is driven at a constant high speed. Your car should have been taken on frequent motorway journeys to ensure that the DPF can regenerate, so check how the previous owner has used the car if you're unsure.
Other potential problems with a DPF-equipped car comes if it has been shut off part way through a regeneration. The result could be contamination of the oil system with fuel, which can lead to the oil level rising gradually over time. This may cause damage to the engine, if it hasn’t already, so it’s worth getting the car checked out.