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Hyundai Kona (2018-2023) review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The Kona is competitively priced, with reasonable insurance costs and strong residual values

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.5 out of 5

MPG, CO2 and Running Costs Rating

3.5 out of 5

Price
£26,000 to £35,100
  • 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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Hyundai believes that it can attract downsizers and hip, trendy young families into the Kona, and has kept prices for the facelifted range competitive with rivals. Entry into Kona ownership starts from around £23,600, while the popular Ford Puma is more expensive to buy at nearly £25,000, but it's worth bearing in mind that this is with the well-equipped Titanium spec and also brings a little extra power at 123bhp.

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Opting for a Kona 1.0-litre SE Connect with 48-volt mild-hybrid assistance gives a claimed economy figure of 47.1mpg, with CO2 emissions of 135g/km. Efficiency is slightly affected if you choose a higher-spec version, with the same car in Ultimate trim returning 46.3mpg and 138g/km.

The Kona Hybrid is around £2.5k more expensive than the entry-level car, but you'll benefit from improved economy of around 55-57mpg and reduced emissions of 112 to 115g/km. When we pitted the full-hybrid Kona head-to-head against a Vauxhall Mokka and Nissan Juke, the Hyundai managed an impressive 53.6mpg, while neither the Vauxhall or the Nissan got close to 40mpg in the real world.

Buyers looking towards performance over efficiency might find that the Kona N model appeals, although average fuel economy of 33.2mpg is still acceptable (CO2 emissions of 194g/km possibly less so). Meanwhile the Kona Electric is offered with a choice of 39kWh and 64kWh batteries, which provide a range of 189 and 300 miles respectively.

Insurance groups

If you're looking to buy a petrol Kona with mild-hybrid assistance, you're looking at insurance groups ranging from 10 to 12, while the full-hybrid model occupies groups 8 to 9. The Kona Electric has higher insurance ratings from groups 20 to 24, but the 279bhp Kona N will be the most expensive to insure sitting in group 27.

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Depreciation

According to our latest expert data, the Hyundai Kona range will retain between 55 and 60 per cent of its original original value after three years and 36,000 miles, with the Kona Hybrid holding onto the most out of the bunch.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0T Advance 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £26,000

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0T Advance 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £26,000

Fastest

  • Name
    1.6T N Line S 5dr DCT
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £33,800
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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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