Hyundai Kona review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The second-gen Kona is bigger and more practical than the original
The original Hyundai Kona was not the most practical of small SUVs, but Hyundai listened to feedback from owners who requested more cabin space and a larger load bay. As a result, the second-generation model is significantly larger than its predecessor, having a longer wheelbase and considerably more space inside for luggage and passengers alike.
Charging everyone’s devices should be a doddle, because there are two USB-C ports in the rear, another two up front along with a 12V socket, with some models also featuring a wireless charging pad. We also like that there’s plenty of storage spaces dotted around the cabin, although we wish a couple more were covered in some way to help keep valuables out of sight.
The Kona has grown in size for its second generation. The original Kona measured 4,205mm long, 1,800mm wide (2,070mm including door mirrors) and up to 1,568mm tall, while the Mk2 Kona is 4,350mm long, 1,825mm wide (2,100mm including door mirrors) and 1,585mm tall. The Kona’s wheelbase has also been stretched from 2,600mm to 2,660mm on the new model.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
The previous Kona offered about as much space inside as a supermini, but the new car’s cabin is far more spacious, offering ample room for five people. In fact, we found that the Kona now offers about the same knee and headroom as its bigger brother, the Tucson mid-size SUV. The Tucson’s cabin is a little wider, which makes it better for carrying three adults in the rear, but otherwise there’s not much separating the two.
The original Kona’s 374-litre boot was about the same size as a Volkswagen Golf’s, but a long way off the luggage capacity of the Renault Captur or Ford Puma. Thankfully, the Kona now has a whopping 466 litres of boot space, which is on par with the very best in the small SUV class, with up to 1,300 litres of space available when the rear seats are folded down.
The entry-level 118bhp petrol Kona has a maximum towing capacity of 1,200kg, but the 196bhp petrol and Kona Hybrid models can both haul up to 1,300kg. Neither figure is headline-grabbing, but they mean the Kona can tow the average two to four-bed caravan. The Kona Electric on the other hand has a 300-750kg towing capacity, depending on the model.
In this review
- 1Hyundai Kona reviewThe new Hyundai Kona is comfortable, refined, spacious and overflowing with technology
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Hyundai Kona is refined and comfortable, with town driving being its forte
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsThe Kona is offered with a choice of efficient powertrains, with the Kona Electric boasting a range of over 300 miles
- 4Interior, design and technologyDaring looks, smart cabin and excellent infotainment make the Kona’s cabin a standout in the class
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe second-gen Kona is bigger and more practical than the original
- 6Reliability and safetyThere’s no shortage of safety kit in the Kona, but Hyundai’s performance in the latest Driver Power survey wasn’t as impressive