Hyundai Kona Electric reliability & safety rating
The Hyundai Kona Electric scored five Euro NCAP stars for safety, and the brand's reliability record is enviable
|Euro NCAP rating||Adult protection rating||Child protection rating||Safety assist rating|
|5 stars (2017)||87%||85%||60%|
From a European perspective, Hyundai has gone from fringe manufacturer to mainstream player in quite a short timeframe, but there’s nothing second-class about the safety kit packed into its latest cars like the Kona. Reliability for the Kona Electric should be good too, thanks to the fact there are fewer moving parts than you'd find on a complex petrol or diesel model.
Hyundai Kona Electric reliability & problems
Hyundai finished mid-table in the 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey – placing 13th out of 30 manufacturers. The results showed the maker to finish well in some areas but less so in others; infotainment was a strong suit – a plus point that is certainly applicable to the latest Kona models. Customers praised their cars' low running costs too – something that goes hand-in-hand with Kona Electric ownership.
Buyers weren't fussed on the styling of their cars, and quality wasn't as good as some might hope. But it was the ride and handling category that saw Hyundai's lowest-place finish. The 2020 edition of the survey also saw the Kona (encompassing petrol, hybrid and electric versions) ranked 60th out of 75 models. Negative comments focused on practicality and engine noise – though the latter obviously doesn't applying to the electric version. Reliability of the model was praised, with only a tiny 4.5% of owners saying they'd experienced a fault.
While the Kona Electric hasn’t been crash-tested specifically by Euro NCAP, the combustion-engined version was evaluated in late 2017, receiving the maximum five-star safety rating. Adult and child occupant protection were rated at 87% and 85% respectively.
There’s no shortage of safety equipment on the Kona Electric, with every version featuring autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, hill-start assistance and lane-keeping assistance. You'll need to upgrade to the Premium car for blind-spot collision avoidance and rear cross-traffic alerts. The range-topping Ultimate gets a head-up display designed to help minimise distractions from the road ahead.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Hyundai Kona Electric boasts fashionable looks, reasonable pricing and – crucially – a range that meets or beats that offered by many rivals
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Hyundai Kona Electric offers very good range for the money – especially from the larger-battery 64kWh model
- 3Running costs & insuranceOnce the relatively high purchase price is out of the way, the Hyundai Kona Electric should be extremely cost-effective to run – especially as a company car
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Hyundai Kona Electric is quick off the mark, but its handling is safe and sensible rather than thrilling
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Hyundai Kona Electric offers a refined, comfortable interior and lots of standard kit for your money, whichever trim level you choose
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityWhile the Hyundai Kona Electric is as roomy as the petrol and hybrid versions of the car, some other electric SUVs are a lot more versatile
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingThe Hyundai Kona Electric scored five Euro NCAP stars for safety, and the brand's reliability record is enviable
- 8Living with itWe've lived with the Hyundai Kona Electric for over six months and 5,000 miles, so how does it stack up as a daily driver?