Hyundai Kona Hybrid practicality & boot space
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The Hyundai Kona Hybrid will be practical enough for families, although it’s more suited to those with younger children as opposed to teenagers.
Hyundai Kona Hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
Storage is adequate in the Kona Hybrid, but no more so than that. In the front, there's a pair of cupholders between the drivers – the automatic gearbox means drinks won’t interfere with gearchanges, as there’s no manual option.
Ahead of the driving mode lever is a small space for smartphones, with two USB ports for connectivity. There’s a glovebox ahead of the front passenger seat, and door bins on all four doors, however these aren’t very big in the front and even smaller in the rear: you’ll likely get a small drink or a magazine in them at most.
In the back, there are nets on the front seats for rear passengers to store items like newspapers and books. The backrest in the middle of the rear seat also folds down when not in use, revealing two more cupholders.
Headroom is good enough throughout, although taller adults may struggle in the rear seats. With the front seats slid back, legroom in the rear is minimal as well.
With the rear seats up, the Kona Hybrid offers 361 litres of boot space; 29 more than can be found in the Kona Electric. The boot floor lifts up to reveal a bit more storage where the puncture repair kit is kept, but you won’t get more than odds and ends in here. This doesn’t compare favourably to alternatives on the market: the Toyota C-HR has 377 litres, while the Kia Niro offers 382 litres.
If practicality is a priority, you may be better off looking to bigger hybrid SUVs like the Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V. And if you can live without the SUV styling, the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports is a seriously practical and efficient hybrid family car for the money.