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Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Running costs

3.5 out of 5 3.5
  • PCP finance not expected to be great value
  • Up to £1,000 deposit contribution 
  • SEAT Arona: 3.9% APR, £1,000 deposit contribution

Low starting prices and strong residual values are expected for the Hyundai Kona – at least for the more affordable S, SE and Premium models.

As a result, those paying cash and selling the car on after a few years should have reasonably low overall costs. Top-spec Premium SE and Premium GT models do have very high cash prices, though, so these may end up being surprisingly pricey overall.

However, as a vast majority of new car buyers now use finance, with PCP being the most commonly chosen option, it’s monthly payments that are more important. 

Fuel economy, meanwhile, is also a little higher than some competitors. The 1.0-litre model returns official economy figures of 52.3-54.3mpg, a couple of mpg short of the SEAT Arona, for instance.

The 1.6-litre petrol barely tops 40mpg. This is well off the pace against a number of similarly nippy alternatives, though most of these lack the Kona’s economy-hitting all-wheel drive system.  

All in all, the Kona isn’t likely to be as affordable to run as you might hope – especially if you go for a top-spec model or 1.6-litre petrol. Choose an S or SE trim 1.0-litre petrol for the lowest overall costs.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 120p £1,010 - £1,299 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period TBC
Warranty Standard Hyundai five-year, unlimited mileage warranty
Road tax (12 months) £140
Insurance group 9 - 19
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

3.3 out of 5 3.3

If you’re after a green Kona, you’ll want to wait for the upcoming all-electric version, as the 1.0-litre is good but not class-leading and the 1.6-litre is well off the pace.

Diesel versions arriving in 2018 should provide lower CO2 emissions than the petrols, though the tide is turning against diesel in many cities. This means that for most, the 1.0-litre or all-electric verison make the most sense as environmentally-friendly options.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.0 T-GDi (120ps) Petrol 117 g/km (Min) £140
1.6 T-GDi (177ps) Petrol 153 g/km (Max) £140


4.9 out of 5 4.9

With petrol engines and other components shared across other Hyundai and Kia models and Hyundai’s solid reputation for reliability, the Kona shouldn’t offer any nasty surprises.

The diesel engines heading for the Kona come from Hyundai’s latest generation of engines, so it’s possible there may be some initial teething problems. However, we expect most drivers to be able to have trouble-free service from the Kona.

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported.
Engine / gearbox No problems reported.
Other No problems reported.

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