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Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Which Hyundai Kona SUV is best for me?

The 1.0-litre is expected to prove the most popular engine in the Kona, with middling SE and Premium trims proving the most sought after. That’s because the 1.0-litre engine is a better choice for most drivers than the 1.6-litre petrol and prices are a bit more palatable than top-spec models.

It’s not the cheapest, especially compared with rivals such as the SEAT Arona, but you get kit including sat-nav, which is lacking on the less pricey versions.

Spending more on the top-of-the-range Konas, however, feels a bit reckless, however, as you can get larger, more spacious and more powerful SUVs for similar money. The 1.6-litre petrol, meanwhile, feels like a niche choice for those who adore the looks of the Kona and have to have an automatic gearbox or all-wheel drive. But the price is too high, the engine too coarse and the interior too cramped to warrant the steep price.

Hyundai Kona: which is best for me?

Hyundai Kona SUV model history

  • November 2017 – Kona goes on sale with two engines available – a 1.0-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre petrol. The smaller engine comes with a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive, while the larger unit features an automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive as standard.
  • July 2018 - Diesel-engined versions available to order in all three trim levels. Powertrain choices are a 115hp 1.6-litre CRDi wiith a manual transmission and a 136hp version of the same motor with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
  • August 2018 - Kona Electric available to order for late summer deliveries. Two battery sizes available - 39kWh and 64kWh - with a range of up to 300 miles for the larger capacity versions.

Buying and selling the Hyundai Kona SUV

Buying a new Hyundai Kona SUV

Hyundai is known for offering strong customer service, so shopping for a new Kona should be a pleasant experience. There are enough dealers, too, that finding one within a reasonable distance shouldn’t be overly tricky. Hyundai’s PCP offers aren’t always the best value, though. This means that you’ll have to push hard to make sure you get the best deal.

Meanwhile, if you are paying cash and intend to sell on your car in a few years, don’t go crazy with odd colour combinations. You might like orange paint with green interior trim, but this may make things tough when you come to sell.

Before shopping for a PCP finance deal, make sure you know what deposit you can afford, how long you want to keep the car for and how many miles you’re likely to cover over the length of the contract – as each of these affects your monthly payments.

It’s also good to have an idea of whether you might want to make the optional final payment to buy the car when the contract ends. Write these all down and take them along to dealers when looking for quotes to ensure they give you suitable quotes. This should also ensure that you can compare quotes from one dealer directly with those from another. Click to find out more about how to get the best price on finance and how to avoid dealers’ sneaky sales tricks.

Buying a used Hyundai Kona SUV

With a five-year transferable warranty, even those picking up a three-year old model get two years of cover, where they’d get nothing with numerous other brands. Hyundai has a good reputation for reliability, so even older models should prove reasonably trusty.

Approved used Hyundais make cost a little more, but they should be prepared to a high standard. The company also offers used car PCP finance with lower rates of interest than many other non-manufacturer dealers, which means these may be better value than expected, with reasonably low monthly payments.

Make sure you carry out a Parkers Car History Check to uncover any hidden history you should be aware of. 

Selling your Hyundai Kona SUV

With a reasonable number of Konas vying for attention with yours, you’ll want to make sure you’ve cleaned it thoroughly and take a number of high quality photographs. Nothing puts off potential buyers like dark, grainy photos that only show small parts of the car. Writing a short but detailed advert which shows info such as how many miles the car has covered, how many times it has been serviced and what equipment it has should also help.

If the car has any minor damage, getting this fixed could also give you a better chance of selling the car quickly – and for a higher price. The newer or more valuable the car is, the more benefit you should get from paying to have damage put right. It’s worth getting a Parkers Valuation to make sure you price your car right, to avoid losing out.

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