Hyundai Kona review - Reliability and safety
Well known engines but an all-new platform beneath them. Decent Driver Power manufacturer score, though
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.
In our 2020 Driver Power satisfaction survey, customers voted Hyundai into 13th position out of 30 manufacturers - a rise of 9 places from 2019 and an indicator that the brand is delivering in key areas. The Kona also made an appearance in the latest poll, achieving 60th place out of 75 cars.
All cars 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%.
Some of the more expensive editions include rear cross-traffic alert and the range-topping Premium GT model gets a safety pack that brings pedestrian recognition as part of an autonomous emergency braking system. It's good to see, too, that this top-line feature is available as an option, even on the most basic S trim level.
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 Kia's seven-year deal offers a longer period 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.
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.
In this review
- 1Hyundai Kona reviewThe Hyundai Kona has funky looks, but the driving experience is firmly in the middle of the pack
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Kona isn't involving to drive, and while it stays pretty composed in corners, the ride gets jittery as soon as the road surface worsens
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsPetrol models are a little thirsty, but the efficient hybrid model is among the cheapest cars in its class to fuel and tax
- 4Interior, design and technologyExterior styling will split opinion. There's decent scope for personalisation, and the infotainment system is pretty easy to use
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceNot the biggest car in the class, and the suspension set-up means it never quite settles down on bumpier roads
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingWell known engines but an all-new platform beneath them. Decent Driver Power manufacturer score, though