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Hyundai Kona review - Reliability and safety

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

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 saw Hyundai drop slightly in the overall manufacturer rankings - from 13th position in 2020 to 16th in 2021. The Kona itself was top of the class in the Best cars to own survey, finishing in first position on a list of 75 cars.

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 a top five-star rating. Adult protection scored 87%, while security for child occupants was rated at 85%.

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 Korean brand's other offerings. That means a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage; only bettered by Kia's seven-year deal 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

Kona service schedules are every 12 months, 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.

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