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Hyundai Kona (2018-2023) review - Interior, design and technology

The Kona has a sharp, distinctive look, with good levels of standard kit and an easy-to-use infotainment system

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.5 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

3.5 out of 5

Price
£26,000 to £35,110
  • Refined cruiser
  • Good safety kit
  • Choice of hybrid or all-electric drive
  • Stiff ride on big wheels
  • Dull interior
  • Cramped rear space
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We're not about to deliver a verdict on how the Kona looks; that's for customers to decide. But there's no doubt that the car's exterior styling is going to split opinion. Hyundai is counting on it, in fact, because there's nothing worse in the image-conscious small SUV market than having a car that fails to provoke a reaction. 

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The Kona certainly errs towards the 'rugged' end of the baby SUV market. It has aggressive-looking headlights, complex body surfacing with plenty of creases, and swathes of black plastic around the wheelarches to give it at least the look of something that could go off road.

Hyundai facelifted the Kona for 2021, with reworked front and rear bumpers, slimmer LED headlights and a 40mm increase in overall length. 

The facelifted model is offered with a more refined choice of exterior colours, which means no more outlandish 'Acid Yellow' paint and contrasting roof options. The standard 'Dive in Jeju' solid paint offers a turquoise hue, but after that the choice is one of darker grey, black, red and blue metallic and pearl finishes – with the ubiquitous solid white also on the options list for an extra £300. The entry-level SE Connect version of the Kona gets 17-inch alloy wheels, while all other trims receive 18-inch wheels.

Some fresh trim and new materials were also added to the cabin as part of the facelift, but they struggle to lift the ambience. Overall quality is good, but some might find the interior too dark. 

The updated Kona comes as standard with a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, plus an eight-inch central touchscreen in base SE Connect trim models or a 10.25-inch infotainment display if you upgrade to Premium or Ultimate spec. Go far enough up the range and you'll get some extra tech to make the front cabin feel a teeny bit more special; there's a head-up display, for example, which is still a relatively rare feature in this class. 

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The Kona's infotainment set-up is still one of the best compared to its rivals like the MG ZS and Vauxhall Mokka, offering clear graphics and quick responses to any inputs. The home page splits into either two or three modules, allowing both entertainment and detailed mapping functions to be shown at the same time.

Entry-level SE Connect cars include an eight-inch touchscreen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a rear-facing parking camera, while top-spec models feature a larger 10.25-inch display and an uprated eight-speaker Krell audio system.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 TGDi 48V MHEV SE Connect 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £22,766

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 TGDi 48V MHEV SE Connect 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £22,766

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 TGDi N 5dr DCT
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £34,261
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As our news reporter, Ellis is responsible for covering everything new and exciting in the motoring world, from quirky quadricycles to luxury MPVs. He was previously the content editor for DrivingElectric and won the Newspress Automotive Journalist Rising Star award in 2022.

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