Hyundai Kona review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
The Kona is competitively priced with hybrid versions returning good economy
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 £21,600, while the popular Ford Puma is a little more expensive to buy at just over £23,000, 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.
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 £2k to £3k 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. 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).
If you're looking to buy a petrol Kona with mild-hybrid assistance, you're looking at insurance groups ranging from 10-12, while the full hybrid model occupies groups 8 to 9. The Kona Electric has higher insurance ratings from groups 20-24.
The Kona mild hybrid range has average residual values of around 52 per cent over three years and 36,000 miles. The hybrid and fully-electric models are predicted to return between 54-57 per cent over the same period, with the Kona N slightly behind on 51 per cent.
In this review
- 1Hyundai Kona reviewThe Hyundai Kona has funky looks and great on-board tech, although isn't as good to drive as the class leaders
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Kona isn't an involving drive, although chassis and suspension tweaks bring some welcome improvements to ride and handling
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingThe Kona is competitively priced with hybrid versions returning good economy
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Kona has a sharp, distinctive look, with good levels of standard kit and an easy-to-use infotainment system
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceHyundai has improved the Kona's ride quality, but it's not the most practical small SUV
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Hyundai Kona benefits from good standard safety kit, while a top Driver Power ranking is also reassuring for owners