Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Should you buy a Hyundai Kona?

For its cast-iron warranty and great dealers, yes. But there are better cars to drive in the small SUV market. The Kona is a neatly designed car that looks great on the road, drives well, and comes packed with kit, provided you choose one of the higher specs. This should be an easy car to live with in the long term, especially given Hyundai's excellent dealers and reliability record.

It’s roomy up front, packed with thoughtful features, is kitted well, and is actually impressive to drive. The hybrid model only really has the Kia Niro and Toyota C-HR as hybrid SUV rivals. Where it struggles is in its lack of rear headroom, and its relatively high cash price and monthly finance for top-spec models. So, our advice is to keep it simple.

On a typical PCP deal, the cheapest Kona (1.0-litre S) generally costs around £175 per month. This balloons to around £290 per month for top spec Premium GT cars with the 1.6-litre petrol. Hybrid models will typically start from around £269 per month, climbing to an eye watering £372 per month for top-of-the-line.

Hybrid cars are more expensive, but one of the better models in the range thanks to its superior fuel economy and more composed ride. Just don't expect to be an option. If you want that, you should look to the Kona Electric (yes, really) as the instant acceleration makes it pack more of a punch than you'd expect it to. 

It's good, but there are better choices. If you want the very best (especially if you enjoy driving), you should really plump for a Ford Puma or Mazda CX-3. Alternatively, if you want practicality then look to the Skoda Kamiq or Volkswagen T-Cross.

2019 Hyundai Kona rear driving

Further reading

>> Best small SUVs
>> Hyundai Kona Electric full review

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