Hyundai Kona (2017–)

What's good

Quirky exterior.

Good to drive.

Impressive 1.0 T-GDI petrol engine.

Five year warranty as standard. 

Five star Euro NCAP 2017 rating. 87% adult occupant safety, 85% child occupant,  62% pedestrian, 60% safety assist.

What to watch out for

Cramped and cheap feel cabin.

Poor ride quality on larger wheels.

26-10-2019: Ongoing intermittent fault fault reported with Hyundai Kona Premium GT 1.6 T-GDI 4x4 7DCT: When driver slows down to stop it can judder to a halt, stall and the message "Auto start deactivated start car manually". Occasionally the juddering is alarmingly more pronounced, but the car hasn't done it when tested in the garage, nor can the dealer find a fault.

6-12-2019: Report of judder when gently braking at low speeds in 2019 Hyundai Kona 1.6CRDI from 8,000 miles. Hyyndai dealer test drove the car, confirmed the problem and referred it to Hyundai who authorised replacement front brake discs and pads.

3-2-2020: Hyundai dealer has still not been able to obtain a replacement set of brake discs for the 2019 Kona 1.6CRDI on which they were reported as juddering on 6-12-2019.


29-05-2019: R/2019/115: A right-front brake fluid line and a/c tube may become damaged and leak. Affects models sold between April 2017 and September 2018.

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