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Hyundai's smallest SUV bristles with appeal and funkiness

Hyundai Kona SUV (17 on) - rated 3.9 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £18,250 - £28,220
Used price £8,810 - £23,955
Used monthly cost From £220 per month
Fuel Economy 34.0 - 56.5 mpg
Road tax cost £140 - £150
Insurance group 9 - 20 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • A large number of personalisation options
  • Solid interior that's easy to use
  • Comfortable and satisfying to drive
  • Recommended for equipment and warranty

CONS

  • Prices high if you want sat-nav
  • Unrefined and thirsty 1.6-litre petrol
  • Love-it-or-hate-it styling
  • Good, but the Ford Puma beats it

Hyundai Kona SUV rivals

Written by Keith Adams on

The Kona is Hyundai’s smallest SUV, positioned below the very popular Tucson and seven-seat Santa Fe in the company’s line-up. The company reckons it appeals to the style-conscious buyer, having sprinkled it with some distinctive styling features around the car in an attempt to set it apart from the opposition.

And, boy, are there a lot of rivals in the small SUV class. Not only is there the equally stylish Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, there’s accomplished rivals like the VW T-Cross, Skoda Kamiq and SEAT Arona, Mazda CX-3 plus the similar Kia Stonic and the brilliant Ford Puma as well.

The Kona is off to a good start as it looks different enough to be interesting, but still offers a high-spec interior on higher-range models with plenty of standard equipment, the appeal of a five-year warranty and a good range of engines. Including the excellent all-electric Kona Electric model capable of up to 290 miles on a full charge.  

Modern, chunky styling

It looks striking on the outside. The slim day-running lights (DRLs) are a new Hyundai feature, neatly house incorporated turn signals and are positioned in a stack, separate to the full-LED headlamps which come as standard on the top-spec models. At the back, you get a set of LED lamps on range-topping models, with the slim tail lights being supplemented by separate clusters housing the brake lights, indicators and reversing lamps. It’s a similar arrangement to that employed on the Kia Sportage, albeit to a neater degree in the Kia.

It’s de-cluttered inside, with a split-level dashboard that leaves the touchscreen media system display appearing to float above it. It’s a set-up that simplifies the way the heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls work. Hyundai has been working hard to perfect the ergonomic experience of its mainstream cars. It's not especially exciting inside unless you opt for some extra colour packs, but there's no arguing with how easy everything is to use.

Like the Nissan Juke, the Hyundai Kona allows you to personalise your car with bright paint colours, contrasting roof tones and zingy interior trim. Buyers can choose from a wide range of hues including lime green and bright orange to help make their car stand out. On the inside, coloured stitching and similarly saturated accents on the steering wheel, around the gearlever and on the seat belts should help you to tailor the Kona to your tastes.

Petrol and hybrid options to choose from

The Kona offers customers a broad choice of engines. There are a pair of petrol engines (118hp and 177hp), while a hybrid model was added to the line-up in 2019. This combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine and a 32kW electric motor. The petrol and hybrid options should cover the needs of most buyers, while the EV version also impresses with a long range. 

Channelling its power to the road, the Kona comes with chunky alloy wheels up to 18 inches in diameter for a rugged look. Reasonably high ground clearance of 170mm for the Kona means that you should be a little less likely to scrape the underside of this Hyundai when negotiating steep, bumpy driveways or heading down rutted campsite roads than with a conventional family car.

There are a number of trims to pick from, kicking off with S and moving up to SE, Play, Premium, Premium SE and Premium GT. The Kona Hybrid is only available in SE, Premium and Premium SE offerings, while there's also a Kona Iron Man Edition that was created to celebrate Marvel's successful film franchise. It's a niche offering, but one that'll no doubt appeal to some fans. 

So, there's a decent choice in the Kona range and plenty of scope for personalisation, too. The big question is whether it deserves your attention if you're in the market for a small SUV.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Hyundai Kona including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

Hyundai Kona SUV rivals