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2019 Hyundai Kona Hybrid verdict

If neither petrol nor electric takes your fancy, there’s now the Hyundai Kona Hybrid. How does it fare against the rest of the range and its small SUV rivals?...

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Becky Wells
28 Jul 2019 20:40

Officially, the Kona Hybrid can return 52.3mpg and emit just 99g/km of CO2, keeping it in a low (23%) benefit-in-kind tax group — great news for company car drivers, especially because there isn't the 4% diesel surcharge to worry about. Given that it's much cheaper than the Kona Electric and cheaper to run and more comfortable than the petrol model, it's arguably the most tempting Kona yet.

However, if you're a private buyer, the £22,495 starting price makes it look expensive compared with our favourite small SUV, the Volkswagen T-Cross. And while that’s not a hybrid, it does come with a very frugal 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine and is both comfier and much roomier.

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Rated 3 out of 5


2019 Hyundai Kona Hybrid specification

Price £22,495 Engine 4cyl, 1580cc, petrol, plus electric motor Power 139bhp at 5700rpm (combined) Torque 195lb ft at 4000rpm (combined) Gearbox 6-spd dual-clutch automatic 0-62mph 11.2sec Top speed 115mph Fuel economy 56.5mpg CO2, tax 90g/km, 23%