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Used car check: Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona came onto the market comparatively late. However, he is not a latecomer.

The Hyundai Kona is a small jack of all trades, available with front and all-wheel drive, petrol, diesel, Hybrid and as an E variant there; all paired with a quite expressive exterior design. But how is the one that has been available since the end of 2017 doing? Crossover at TÜV?

Body and interior

When the Kona debuted, the field of small SUVs was already well occupied: Renault Captur, Opel cross country - at that time still with X in the name suffix -, Nissan Juke and Ford EcoSport were already represented, among others. Even the the corp brother Kia Stonic was - if only shortly before -started. In order to stand out from the competition, the designers gave the Kona a rather striking and self-confident design. The front is dominated by narrow lights, large grille and bulky wheel arch linings are also part of the strategy. Depending on the color affinity of the first buyer, it does not cause any problems Kona spotted among the many gray, black and white vehicles in the supermarket car park. The interior is more restrained, more dignified than extravagant. The space of the 4,18 meter long Crossovers is good for the front passengers, the development possibilities of the occupants are more limited in the rear. The trunk holds depending on the position of the rear seat backs between 360 and almost 1.150 liters.

The Kona is also offered as a Stomer

Motors and drive

The entry-level engine is the one-liter three-cylinder with 88 kW/120 hp. The small turbo petrol engine consumes an average of between 5,2 and 5,7 liters. If you appreciate all-wheel drive, you have to vehicles with the 1,6-liter four-cylinder and 130 kW/177 hp. Initially there was a forced coupling, but since the end of 2018 the 4×4 drive has only been available as an option. The Allradler require an average of between 6,2 and 7,2 liters, the versions with front-wheel drive between 5,6 and 6,3 liters. Petrolheads can let it rip with the Kona N, which has been available since mid-2021. 206 kW/280 hp are an announcement. The two-liter four-cylinder pushes 392 Nm onto the crankshaft, the top speed is reached at 240 km/h and the standard consumption of 8,5 liters can only be achieved with a very restrained driving style. The power transmission An eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) takes over the front wheels. Around half as much fuel as in the N flows through the hybrid version (104 kW/140 hp). Lines, which, with its 4,3 liter average fuel consumption, is on par with the diesel. A 1,6-liter diesel in the expansion stages with 84 kW/115 hp and 100 kW/136 hp was in the program between 2018 and mid-2021. Hyundai also offered the more powerful diesel with all-wheel drive.

In the used car exchanges the battery-electric version of the Kona also makes an appearance. In send email now with the 39,2 kWh battery, the electric motor achieves 136 hp, the 64 kWh strong Battery is delivered with a 150 kW/204 hp engine. The WLTP range is around 300 or 480 kilometers.

The Hyundai Kona is a small jack-of-all-trades, available with front-wheel and all-wheel drive, petrol, diesel, hybrid and as an electric variant; all paired with a quite expressive exterior design

Equipment and safety

Initially, the equipment lines for the Kona were Pure, Select, Trend, Style and Premium for optional. Over time has Hyundai N-Line and N-Performance have been added, but Style has been dropped. The first two levels can only be combined with the 120 hp petrol engine; they meet the most important equipment requirements such as air conditioning and audio system, with Select, alloy wheels are already used. Who likes more comfort about a heated Steering wheel, seat heating, Automatic climate control, head-up display, reversing camera and infotainment system will have to look for vehicles with higher equipment levels. first time buyer were able to upgrade their car with navigation, a glass sunroof, LED lights and an assistance package including a blind spot and cross traffic warning system. For the basic version settled an autonomous Emergency Brake Assist and book a collision warning. In the NCAP crash test, the Crossover a five star rating.

Depending on the position of the rear seat backrests, the trunk holds between 360 and almost 1.150 liters.


The first TÜV main inspection (HU) mastered Kona without problems. The TÜV inspectors occasionally criticized the low beam and the Brake discs, but the complaints are within reason.


The Hyundai Kona is a well made one Crossover, which reconciles handy dimensions with a decent amount of space. The range of engines offers something for every taste. Four-wheel are also rare in this class. At least 13.000 euros should used car buyers be willing to invest, second-hand e-models start at around 23.000 euros,

Elfriede Munsch / SP-X

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