Hyundai Kona review - Reliability and safety
There’s no shortage of safety kit in the Kona, but Hyundai’s performance in the latest Driver Power survey wasn’t as impressive
The second-generation Hyundai Kona is too new to have made an appearance in our most recent Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, but its predecessor did manage to finish 16th on our list of the best cars to own, which is based on customers’ feedback from the survey. The new Kona’s sister car, the Mk2 Kia Niro, also came 60th.
Hyundai finished in the middle of the pack in our best car manufacturer rankings (also based on Driver Power survey results). The South Korean carmaker took 17th place, behind the likes of Kia (6th) and Peugeot (9th), but well ahead of more premium brands such as BMW (21st) and Mercedes (25th).
The Mk2 Kona hasn’t received a rating from safety experts Euro NCAP yet, but it’s more than likely to receive the same five-star rating as the Niro, with which it shares so much. The amount of safety kit that comes as standard should also help its chances.
Every Kona is equipped with multiple airbags, driver attention warning, forward collision avoidance assist, lane keep and lane follow assist, tyre pressure monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and smart cruise control with stop and go functionality. N Line S and Ultimate spec also feature rear cross traffic collision avoidance assist and a 360-degree camera system, among other kit.
Whether you go for the petrol, hybrid or electric Kona, the car is covered by the same five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty as all new Hyundais. It might not be the longest standard cover – for instance, Kia and MG both provide seven-year warranties – but that hardly matters if you’re only leasing the car for three to four years maximum. You also get 12 months’ free roadside assistance and annual health checks of your car for up to five years.
Hyundai offers flexible servicing plans designed to meet your individual needs. Prices are based on the model of car, expected mileage and how long you want the plan to cover. You can pay for the entire service plan in one lump sum, or spread the cost with flexible payment. Plus you have the ability to cancel a plan at any time.
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 spaceThe second-gen Kona is bigger and more practical than the original
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingThere’s no shortage of safety kit in the Kona, but Hyundai’s performance in the latest Driver Power survey wasn’t as impressive