0 - 62 mph7.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2189 g/km


By Jonathan Crouch


'You drive it. You define it.' That's how Hyundai wants us to view this car, their small Kona SUV. If you like cars of this kind, you're probably going to like this one because it ticks all the usual boxes in terms of style and fashionability. How will it fare on the used market in its standard forms though? Here, we're going to look at the 2017-2020-era pre-facelift versions of the mainstream combustion-engined first generation models and try and find out.


5dr SUV [1.0 T-GDi, 1.6 Hybrid, 1.6 CRDi, Electric 39kWh, Electric 64kWh]


Unlike most of its rivals, Hyundai didn't just base this Kona on the platform of an existing supermini at this model's original launch in 2017. Mindful of the fact that this chassis would also need to undergird a full-electric version (launched in 2018), more bespoke underpinnings were developed, initially for a range which offered customers a choice of 1.0-litre and 1.6-litre T-GDi petrol engines (the latter with 4WD) and a 1.6-litre CRDi diesel. The diesel was quickly dropped, replaced by a 1.6-litre full-Hybrid petrol model. The conventional 1.6-litre petrol variant with its 4WD option didn't last long either. Which explains why if you want a combustion-powered version of this pre-facelift 2017-2020-era Kona, it'll almost certainly have either a 1.0-litre T-GDi petrol engine (by far the most likely) or a 1.6-litre full-Hybrid petrol unit. And it's virtually certain to have front wheel drive. The full-battery Kona Electric model was launched in 2018, with a choice of 39kWh or 64kWh battery packs. The entire Kona range was completely updated in late 2020, but it's the pre-facelift models we look at here.

What You Get

A car of this kind has to evoke a reaction from you: that's part of the point of it. The Kona should do that, with its muscular toning, sensuous surfaces and high-contrast fender cladding. It all combines to make this little SUV seem a little more serious in its intent than some of its rivals - which actually isn't far from the truth. Most competitors in this segment are merely stylised versions of the existing superminis they're based upon. The Kona in contrast, is one of the few contenders in the class boasting its own purpose-built SUV platform - which is why it's one of the only ones that can be engineered to offer the option of all-electric power. At the wheel, the driving position isn't especially commanding but the cabin feels of decent quality. On plusher models with leather trim, it could be colour-personalised too, with highlights surrounding the gearshift, the starter button and the air vents, plus the chosen colour is also replicated into the seat stitching - and rather unusually, onto the seatbelts too. Infotainment is also well taken care of, most variants getting an 8-inch 'Display Audio' centre-dash colour touchscreen, your interface for controlling satellite navigation, the DAB audio set-up and a package of 'TomTom LIVE' media connectivity services. You can also connect in your handset using the 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone mirroring systems. And in the rear? Well it's in this part of the car that you're likely to be most keenly reminded that you've bought an SUV based on a supermini-sized chassis, rather than that of a family hatchback. As it turns out, it's not too bad in the back for the carriage of two folk, providing they're not especially lanky of leg. If they are, then compromises will be need to made by the front seat occupants in order to be able to accommodate them. Let's finish with a few words on boot space. The tailgate is light to lift and reveals a 361-litre luggage area. Push forward the 60/40 split-folding rear seat and you'll reveal a relatively flat loading floor with as much as 1,143-litres of total fresh air if you load to the roof.

What You Pay

Prices start at around £10,700 for a typical 'S'-spec 2WD variant on an '18-plate, with values rising to around £14,000 for the last of the pre-facelift '20-plate models. Budget around £700 more for mid-range 'SE' trim - or around £1,800 more for plusher 'Premium' trim. Prices for the 177PS 1.6 T-GDi petrol model with 4WD start from around £15,200 for a '17-plate model with 'Premium GT' trim, with values rising to around £22,000 for a '20-plate car. The 1.6-litre Hybrid model start from around £17,800 with a '19-plate, rising to around £20,000 for a '20-plate model. For the full-Electric model, prices for a 39kWh model with base 'SE' trim start from around £13,700 for an '18-plate car, rising to around £28,500 for a later '20-plate car; add £1,500 more to these values for plusher 'Premium'-spec trim. You're more likely to want the larger-battery 64kWh Kona Electric variant though. Prices for that with 'Premium' trim start from around £27,700 with an '18-plate, rising to around £33,200 for a '20-plate car; add on around £2,300 for top 'Premium SE' trim.

What to Look For

Generally, most Kona customers seemed very happy with their cars. However, in our ownership survey, we came across a number of issues. One owner advised potential future buyers to always take a test drive at night to check the headlights. The non-LED ones are dim and yellow. Also, moisture can accumulate in the non-LED headlights, plus in the daytime running lights, the fog lamps and the rear combination lamps. Another owner reported that when driving at over 40mph, the vehicle wandered to the left and right without driver input. Another owner had an issue with faulty vehicle speed control with an auto model - the vehicle inexplicably lurched forward when parking and the airbag activated. Other owners reported rubbing and grating noises from behind the wheel; look out for those on your test drive. A gear in the steering system may be the cause. There have also been reported issues with the blind spot collision warning system cutting down, the BlueLink media set-up not working correctly, the cruise control not operating properly and the forward collision warning system disabling itself during use. Otherwise, it's just the usual things for an SUV of this type. Check all the media tech on your test drive - and the workings of the navigation system to see if it's been kept up to date. Check the touchscreens and Bluetooth connectivity. Check the lupholstery for cuts and stains. And inspect the alloy wheels for kerbing damage. Check all the electrical functions too. And insist on a fully stamped-up service history.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2018 Kona 1.0 T-GDi - Ex Vat) Front brake pads sit in the £38-£100 bracket; rear pad sets are around £50. Front brake discs sit in the £177-£228 bracket; rear discs are around £141. A pollen filter is around £9-£14. A thermostat is around £27. A wiper blade is in the £11-£50 bracket. An oil filter is around £3-£8.

On the Road

On the move, it's probable that likely buyers will approve of the attributes that Hyundai has prioritised here - refinement, ease of use and the way the company's light but accurate 'Motor Driven Power Steering' system makes the car so easy to precisely place on the road, whether you're in town or threading your way at speed through corners on the open road. Engine-wise, most buyers choose this car with Hyundai's well-regarded 120PS 1.0-litre T-GDi turbo petrol powerplant, a relatively frugal unit capable of 52.3mpg on the combined cycle and 125g/km of CO2 (both NEDC figures). Like the mainstream alternative 115PS 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine, this powerplant comes only with 6-speed manual transmission and 2WD. As an alternative, Hyundai offers a couple of higher-powered petrol and diesel variants that can be had only with a DCT 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and an on-demand 4WD system. Choose between a 136PS version of the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel. Or a 177PS 1.6-litre T-GDi petrol unit. Going for the 4WD set-up not only gets you an on-demand traction set-up that'll provide extra off road grip. It also means your Kona will come fitted with more sophisticated multi-link rear suspension, with improves the slightly firm ride that characterises lesser variants on poorer surfaces. The final derivative in the range is an all-electric version that offers something new in his segment, powered by a 64kWh battery that claims to be able to deliver a fossil fuel-free driving range of over 210 miles.


Until the arrival of this Kona, cars of this kind had been all about style over substance. Which was fair enough, given that to be what most buyers in the SUV 'B'-segment wanted. We'd been waiting for one though, with a depth of design that might enable a model of this sort to do a bit more - and Hyundai couldn't resist the opportunity to provide it. So does this car have what it takes to stand out on the used market? Well most agree that it's been styled to do so - which in this segment is half the battle. It's also reliable, well built and well-equipped. You might feel that it's difficult to ask more of a used B-segment SUV than that; and we'd struggle to disagree.

  • Electric front/rear windows with drivers one touch/anti-trap
  • Solar glass with windscreen shade band
  • Automatic windscreen wipers with rain sensor
  • Privacy glass - Rear windows and tailgate

  • Downhill brake control
  • Manual parking brake
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian recognition
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake Assist
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability control

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • Multi-link rear suspension

  • Bluetooth system

  • Rear parking sensor
  • Drive mode selector
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Lane keep assist
  • Front parking sensor
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Power assisted steering
  • Parking system with rear camera and guidance system
  • Driver attention alert system

  • Centre console display - 8" touchscreen satellite navigation, mapcare, LIVE services
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Driver's supervision instrument cluster with 4.2" LCD display
  • Windscreen washer fluid sensor and warning indicator
  • Digital clock
  • Head up Display
  • Smartphone wireless charging plate

  • Door mirror integrated indicators
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Power folding door mirrors

  • RDS radio with MP3 player
  • USB/aux input socket
  • Krell premium audio system with 8 speakers and subwoofer
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/phone controls
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Black grille with chrome surround
  • Silver skid plates
  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Roof rails
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Bi-colour roof
  • Rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light
  • Painted anthracite body garnish

  • Static Cornering lights
  • Full LED headlights
  • Positioning Lights - LED
  • Front fog lights
  • LED brake lights
  • LED rear lights
  • High beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor

  • Automatic climate control with defog system for front windscreen

  • Door scuff plate
  • 12V socket in centre console
  • Rear centre console with air vents
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Driver and passenger front seat pockets
  • Leather upholstery
  • Rear centre armrest
  • Luggage net
  • Luggage hooks
  • Parcel shelf
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather steering wheel and gear knob

  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Centre interior light
  • Front interior light

  • Trailer wiring package - Kona

  • Airbags - front, front side and curtain airbags
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Fasten seatbelt reminder
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Childproof rear door locks

  • Driver's electric adjustable lumbar support
  • Adjustable head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Isofix rear child seat fastenings
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Driver's seat electric adjustments
  • Front passenger's seat electric adjustments
  • Vertical adjustment rear head restraints

  • Smart key with keyless entry and engine start/stop button
  • Folding key
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Alarm/immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Deadlocks

  • Towbar preparation

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 18" alloy wheels

  • Steel space saver spare wheel

  • CO2 (g/km): 158
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 189

  • Engine Code: D2
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 77
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 85
  • CC: 1591

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 34
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 46.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 26.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 34
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.3

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 19A
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 160000
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 120
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 85
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 62
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 60
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 177
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Premium GT
  • Coin Description: GDi Blue Drive
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 5
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 130
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 196
  • Engine Torque - NM: 265
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 177
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.9
  • Top Speed: 127
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 27

  • Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/45 R18

  • Width (including mirrors): 2070
  • Height: 1565
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4165
  • Width: 1800
  • Wheelbase: 2600

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1392
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1910
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 334
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1250
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 600
  • Max. Loading Weight: 518
  • Max. Roof Load: 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1116
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.6

  • Special Pearlescent paint: £565
  • Metallic paint: £565
  • Metallic/Pearlescent paint: £565
  • Pearlescent paint: Included

  • Metal paint door handles: Included
  • Gloss black interior door handles: £0

  • Metallic - Chalk white: £565

  • Pearl - Galactic grey: £0

  • Special pearl - Tangerine comet: £565
  • Metallic/Pearl - Lake Silver: £565
  • Metallic/Pearl - Acid Yellow: £565
  • Metallic/Pearl - Pulse Red: £565
  • Metallic/Pearl - Blue Lagoon: £565
  • Special pearl - Phantom black: £565

  • Leather - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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