Hyundai Kona review
The Hyundai Kona has funky looks and great on-board tech, although isn't as good to drive as the class leaders
The Hyundai Kona is a car that clearly uses its design to draw in buyers. It's not that rewarding to drive, with lifeless steering and not much dynamic polish, although Hyundai has attempted to address this shortcoming with revisions to the 2021 facelifted model's chassis and suspension set-up.
The manufacturer has succeeded in improving the Kona's ride, particularly over pockmarked surfaces, but there's not as much passenger or luggage space on board as you'll find in some competitors.
About the Hyundai Kona
The all-electric Kona EV sets high standards in the class with its long range and decent price tag, but the standard version is in the middle of the pack if you're after an alternative to a Nissan Juke or Renault Captur.
Hyundai has introduced a new 1.0-litre mild-hybrid powertrain with 48-volt hybrid tech, that sits alongside the full hybrid and the pure-electric versions. The 1.0 T-GDi is a three-cylinder turbocharged petrol motor, producing 118bhp and 172Nm of torque.
The full hybrid model employs a 1.6-litre petrol engine and an electric motor for a total output of 139bhp. On the Kona EV front there is a choice of the standard version with a 39 KWh battery, producing 134bhp, or a variant with a 64 KWh battery delivering 201bhp.
In terms of price, the mild-hybrid Kona ranges from around £21,600 for the entry-level SE Connect model, to over £26,000 for the top-spec Ultimate version. The full hybrid is priced between £24,000 and £29,000, while the all-electric model starts from almost £29,000 (after the government PiCG grant) and rises to just over £37,00 for the Ultimate version with a 64kWh battery.
SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate trim levels are offered across the range, with standard equipment including 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, cruise control, a 10.25-inch digital instrument display and smartphone connectivity. Customers also have the option of upgrading to the sporty N Line specification, with more aggressive front and rear styling, 18-inch wheels and branded trim.
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In this review
- 1Verdict - currently readingThe 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 CostsThe 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