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Hyundai Kona verdict

2023 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 53.9

Written by Tim Pollard Published: 14 August 2023 Updated: 8 November 2023

Should you buy one?

We’ve driven every Hyundai Kona – from lowly petrol model to high-power turbo, via the clever-clogs hybrid and full electric model. It’s an impressively broad range and we suspect there will be a powertrain choice in that list to suit your needs.

The petrol models will suffice for many buyers, especially those who can’t afford to stump up a big premium for electrification. They won’t be disappointed, as the Kona is an inherently practical, well judged package.

We weren’t totally smitten with the 1.6-litre Hybrid model, but all versions share the well thought-through interior, decent road manners, distinctive looks and technology on offer. They combine to push the Kona near the front end of the compact SUV grid.

So, if you’re sold on Hyundai’s ownership proposition and long warranty, you won’t be saddled with a sub-standard car. If you can afford it, we would recommend the Hyundai Kona Electric as a full EV, if you want to plug in to the EV revolution.

What we like

We relish the choice to pick whichever powertrain best suits your needs – the Kona really lets you pick your cake and then eat it. The ride and handling are well judged and, as with most Hyundais, we predict it’ll be easy to live with thanks to excellent reliability, good dealers and that long warranty. It’s also usefully roomy, and especially family friendly throughout.

What we don’t like

The full hybrid model lags behind its best rivals in terms of performance and efficiency. Watch out for the annoying and nannying safety electronics: their beeping and cajoling are quite intrusive. And the Kona’s avantgarde styling? Well, you’ll either love it or hate it – but you don’t need us to guide you on matters of style…