Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • Fine for space up front
  • Adequate rear seating
  • Rivals have bigger boots

The further back you go in the Kona, the less room there is. Even the tallest of drivers should be able to find a comfortable driving position with plenty of head and legroom on offer. There’s lots of seat adjustment and the mirrors give a good view of the road behind. Large rear pillars make the interior a little darker than it could be though, and limit over-the-shoulder visibility when changing lanes.

The rear seats, however, are notably tighter. Yes, you should be able to fit four six-footers in the Kona, but those in the rear seats probably won’t be too happy about it. Legroom is a little tight and headroom more so for taller passengers. Thankfully, the rear seats themselves are very comfortable, with good back support available. Like other Hyundais, the Kona has heated rear seats available on higher-spec models.

It may look like an SUV, but the Kona is still a pretty compact car, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble parking. The rear pillars, however, are large, making tight manoeuvring more difficult than it should be – especially in models that lack rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.

The raised driving position does provide a reasonable good view ahead, though, so gauging where the front of the car is should prove less challenging.

Boot volume is adequate, but the back of the Kona is notably smaller than alternatives such as the Renault Captur and SEAT Arona, which offer up to 536 and 400 litres compared with the Kona’s 334. There is an underfloor tray which adds a bit of practicality, but this is shallow and not particularly useful.

Hyundai Kona safety

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking not standard
  • Five star Euro NCAP rating
  • Higher spec models well-equipped

Hyundai’s decision not to fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard on any of the 1.0-litre petrol models is disappointing, but under the auspices of Euro NCAP when it crash-tested the Kona, this didn't stop it scoring a full five-star rating. Yes, you can pay £235 to get AEB, but we think that Hyundai has its priorities skewed somewhat, considering unnecessary toys like a heated steering wheel and ventilated seats come as standard on some models.

Six airbags, ABS, a Driver Attention Alert system and electronic stability control are all standard, as is a lane-keeping system. Additional equipment fitted to the 1.6-litre petrol include autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, rear cross-traffic alert and blindspot detection.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Hyundai Kona SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

Iron Man Edition equipment

Iron Man Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
Iron Man Edition optional equipment
None available

Play Edition equipment

Play Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
Play Edition optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support

Premium equipment

Premium standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Premium optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Metallic Paint
  • Space saver spare wheel

Premium GT equipment

Premium GT standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
Premium GT optional equipment
None available

Premium SE equipment

Premium SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Premium SE optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Space saver spare wheel

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
S optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
SE optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Space saver spare wheel

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Hyundai Kona SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2017
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 87%
Child Occupant: 85%
Vulnerable Road Users: 62%
Safety Assist: 60%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.