Skip advert
Advertisement

Hyundai Kona (2018-2023) review - Reliability and safety

The Hyundai Kona benefits from good standard safety kit, while impressive Driver Power ranking is also reassuring for owners

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.5 out of 5

Reliability and Safety Rating

4.0 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
Find your Hyundai Kona
Offers from our trusted partners on this car and its predecessors...
Or are you looking to sell your car?
Customers got an average £1000 more vs part exchange quotes
Advertisement

The Kona features an intriguing mix of old and new. Its turbocharged petrol engines are relatively proven units from elsewhere in the company's line-up, but the mechanical components underneath them – the chassis, in other words – was entirely new in the Kona.

Our Driver Power satisfaction survey has seen some improvement for Hyundai; it had dropped slightly in the overall manufacturer rankings – from 13th position in 2020 to 16th in 2021, but it regained ground in 2022 by being voted into 11th spot out of 29 brands. The Kona itself was top of the class in the best cars to own survey in 2021, and still managed to achieve an impressive fourth place overall in 2022 (on a 75-car list).

All Kona models get front, front side and curtain airbags, driver attention alert, lane-keep assist and hill-start assist control. Euro NCAP safety-tested the Kona in 2017 and awarded it the maximum five-star rating. It scored 87 per cent in for Adult occupant protection, while security for child passengers was rated at 85 per cent.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Top-spec cars include a Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning and a Safe Exit Warning, which uses a radar system to detect vehicles and locks the car doors to stop passengers from stepping out into the path of an oncoming car.

Warranty

Hyundai has one of the strongest warranty packages on the market, and the Kona gets the same level of cover as any of the South Korean brand's other offerings. That means a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage; only bettered by MG and Kia's seven-year factory guarantee, and Toyota's 'Relax' ten-year programme of cover.

Hyundai's package also includes five years of annual vehicle health checks, five years of roadside assistance, and a 12-year anti-perforation warranty.

Servicing

The Hyundai Kona needs servicing every 12 months or 10,000 miles, whichever comes first, and costs remain fairly reasonable. Hyundai offers customers their Service Plan option, which helps to manage fixed maintenance costs. You can configure your service plan based on the model and age of your car, your mileage and plan duration. These details are then used to determine the cost of your plan, bearing in mind recommended service requirements and any necessary MOTs.

Skip advert
Advertisement

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
News reporter

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.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Skoda Scala vs Citroen C4 2024 twin test: which is the best-value family hatchback?
Skoda Scala and Citroen C4 - front tracking
Car group tests

Skoda Scala vs Citroen C4 2024 twin test: which is the best-value family hatchback?

The revised Skoda Scala takes on Citroen’s C4 in the battle to be the best-value family hatchback
18 May 2024
Cheap EV charging comes to public chargepoints via new ‘Plunge Pricing’ app
Octopus Energy’s Electroverse
News

Cheap EV charging comes to public chargepoints via new ‘Plunge Pricing’ app

Octopus’ ‘Plunge Pricing’ events promise to save electric car drivers an average of £6.50 per charge
17 May 2024
Car Deal of the Day: Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric at an unbeatable £201 a month
Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer front cornering
News

Car Deal of the Day: Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric at an unbeatable £201 a month

Our Deal of the Day selection for 18 May will appeal to those who want an all-electric family car that’s not a SUV
18 May 2024