Hyundai Kona Electric reliability & safety

The Kona scored five Euro NCAP stars for safety, and Hyundai’s reliability record is enviable

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.

Hyundai Kona Electric reliability & problems

Hyundai did remarkably well in the reliability section of our Driver Power 2018 consumer satisfaction survey, with only 6.2% of owners saying their cars had a fault in the first year they owned it. The brand’s overall 15th place reflects lower scores in areas such as driver appeal and interior comfort – although that’s not relevant to the Kona, which is too new to have featured.

While the electric motor and battery technology is new, it’s relatively straightforward and with fewer moving parts than an internal combustion engine with gearbox, it’s reasonable to anticipate a strong reliability performance from the Kona Electric.

Safety

While the Kona Electric hasn’t been crash-tested specifically by Euro NCAP, the combustion-engined versions have been tests, 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 all trim levels featuring autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, hill-start assistance and lane-keeping assistance. You also get the mandatory electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes and a full complement of airbags.

Moving up to Premium spec – which is the mid-range trim level – adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and active lane-keeping assistance. The range-topping Premium SE gets a head-up display designed to help minimise distractions from the road ahead.