CrossoverHyundai Motor21% by Neofiliac Team57% by External Reviewers

Hyundai Kona (OS)

Subcompact Crossover

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Product Overview

Hyundai Kona is an entry-level subcompact crossover in production from 2017 to 2020, whereupon it received a facelift. It was powered by internal combustion engines that displaced 1.0 to 2.0 liters and electric motors from 105hp to 204hp aided by batteries from 2kWh to 64kWh.
Essentially a jacked-up Hyundai i30, the Kona is a tiny little car designed for city driving. Its official fuel economy rating is exceptionally rosy, though it may cast more doubts on the trustworthiness of the regulators and perhaps the owner's own sanity than it relates to reality.


What we found

Neofiliac score 21%
  • Low official fuel consumption
  • No powerful engine options
  • Only available with small engines
  • Independent rear suspensions only for AWD model

What external reviewers found

External score 57%
  • Good infotainment system
  • Good handling
  • Excellent infotainment tech
  • Excellent range
  • Lack of practicality
  • Lacklustre range
  • Lacklustre petrol engine
  • Brake pedal is inconsistent
  • Lacks all-wheel drive
  • Lack of torque

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Variants shown:
1.0 T-GDi
1.6 CRDi 116
1.6 CRDi 136 AWD DCT
1.6 CRDi 136 DCT
1.6 GDi 141 Hybrid DCT
1.6 T-GDi 177 DCT
1.6 T-GDi 177 AWD DCT
2.0 150 AT
2.0 150 AWD AT
39 kWh Electric
39.2 kWh Electric
64 kWh (204 Hp) Electric

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External Reviews


Reviewer score 40% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from autocar have found:
The Kona Electric is a third type of electric vehicle. There are cars that were designed from a blank sheet to run on battery power alone, like Teslas. And cars that have had their combustion powertrains ripped out and an electric powertrain dropped in, like the Volkswagen e-Golf. It isn’t quite a dedicated electric vehicle, because there are versions of the Kona that share this platform and derive their motive force from the combustion of fossil fuels. The most apparent manifestation of that is the location of the batteries. They're spread out across the floor beneath the passenger compartment.
  • Fun to drive
  • Powerful motor
  • Good range
  • Brake pedal is inconsistent
  • Lack of torque


Reviewer score 77% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from autoexpress have found:
All three have a dead feel when you use the brake pedal, but there are no nasty notches or clunks – besides, you won't even have to use it that often. Wireless charging is included, so it's easy to keep your smartphone topped up if it supports this feature. The i3 is very nearly as good, with just as smooth a transition between lifting off and the regenerative braking.
  • Fast and quiet to drive
  • Excellent range
  • Decent refinement
  • Not as practical as rivals


Reviewer score 68% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found:
The Hyundai Kona has numerous rivals, but we've narrowed it down to the top three. The Honda HR-V is decently fun to drive, but lack of power and a dim-witted CVT hold it back. Mazda's rotary infotainment controller is intuitive, but the CX-3 offers substantially less interior space than the Hyundai.
  • Powerful turbocharged engine
  • Comfortable ride
  • Powerful dual-clutch transmission
  • Lacks all-wheel drive
  • No adaptive cruise control


  1. ^ Hyundai Kona Electric 2018 review. [autocar].
  2. ^ Kia e-Niro vs BMW i3 vs Hyundai Kona Electric . [autoexpress].
  3. ^ 2019 Hyundai Kona Ultimate AWD review. [digitaltrends].