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2017 Hyundai Kona UK review – verdict

The Hyundai Kona is the Korean firm's third and smallest SUV for the UK. Does it deserve to be the best-selling?

Words ByRory White

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Hyundai Kona

The rate at which the small SUV class is growing is quite something, but while there are some strong contenders, there has yet to be a car that truly stands out.

Unfortunately, the Kona isn't the one to lead the way.

Its 1.0-litre petrol engine is our pick of the range, but it isn't as sweet to drive as the best rivals' three-cylinder units, nor as officially clean or frugal. It's not as spacious or practical as its nearest competition, either.

Which leaves price. Of course, you can consider list prices, where the Kona is generally slightly cheaper than the equivalent Seat Arona but a little more than a similarly specced Renault Captur. However, most buyers will be buying on finance and Hyundai has yet to confirm what sort of deals are in the pipeline. It has said, though, that it will offer a Β£1000 finance deposit contribution on some models.

So it remains to be seen just what the Kona will cost, and a decent deal could push it closer to the top of the class. At this stage, though, it’s clear that the Kona isn’t up there with the likes of the Arona.

What Car? says...

Rated 3 out of 5

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Price Β£21,195 Engine 3cyl, 998cc, turbo, petrol Power 118bhp at 6000rpm Torque 127lb ft at 1500-4000rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 12.0sec Top speed 112mph Official economy 52.3mpg CO2, tax band 119g/km (est), 22%

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