Hyundai Kona Hybrid interior & comfort
The interior of the Hyundai Kona Hybrid looks good for a car of this price. It's also comfortable and packs some impressive in-car technology
As is the case with the Hyundai Kona Electric, the hybrid model is reasonably comfortable. It’s no Mercedes S-Class of course, but the seats offer a good driving position, so you’ll have no issues on longer journeys.
There’s a decent amount of room inside, but you're not exactly blessed with excess space, either. Headroom is sufficient throughout, perhaps with the exception of the middle rear seat, which could be uncomfortable for adults on anything more than a short journey.
Rear legroom is also a concern: there’s not very much space at all if you’ve got long-legged passengers in the front; a Kia Niro or even the less desirable but roomier Hyundai Ioniq is certainly better on this front.
Hyundai Kona Hybrid dashboard
The dashboard in the Hyundai Kona Hybrid looks very stylish, and is at least on par with what's offered in the Kia Niro. The 10.25-inch colour touchscreen on its own makes it worth going for the Premium or Ultimate spec over the entry-level SE Connect. The graphics aren’t hugely different, but it has better resolution and a split-screen mode that shows the sat nav and entertainment at the same time.
The rest of the dashboard is well thought-out, and Hyundai has resisted the temptation to pile all of the car’s functions into the touchscreen. Beneath the screen, the centre console houses vents, dials for the climate control and additional buttons for the fan speed, direction and windscreen heating. Ahead of the drive mode lever is a compartment for storing small items such as a smartphone, with two USB ports allowing you to connect devices to the car.
Equipment, options & accessories
Equipment levels are good on the Hyundai Kona Hybrid: standard features on the entry-level SE Connect include climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a leather steering wheel, cruise control, power-adjustable heated door mirrors, an eight-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity,
The mid-range Premium spec brings 18-inch alloy wheels, powered lumbar support for the driver's seat, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, front foglights, privacy glass, power-folding door mirrors, a heated steering wheel, the larger 10.25-inch screen, wireless phone charging and a premium audio system. Ultimate is the top-of-the-range trim: it boasts power-adjustable and ventilated front seats, LED headlights, a powered tilt-and-slide sunroof and a rear central armrest.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity is standard on all versions of the Kona Hybrid. Meanwhile, Premium and Ultimate trims are compatible with Hyundai’s smartphone app: this allows you to remotely lock and unlock the doors, as well as check where the car has been parked.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Hyundai Kona Hybrid is a stylish-looking small hybrid SUV, but it's not the most practical car of its size and isn't a big improvement over the mild-hybrid version
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsFuel economy from the Hyundai Kona Hybrid is good, but it's not quite the class leader in this respect
- 3Running costsAs one of the most economical hybrid SUVs on sale, the Hyundai Kona Hybrid should make your money go further – especially if you're a company-car driver
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Hyundai Kona Hybrid is efficient, but it feels as slow as the on-paper performance figures suggest and isn't exactly thrilling to drive, either
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingThe interior of the Hyundai Kona Hybrid looks good for a car of this price. It's also comfortable and packs some impressive in-car technology
- 6Practicality & boot spacePracticality is adequate in the Hyundai Kona Hybrid, although some rivals offer more boot space
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Hyundai Kona gets a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test score, but it’s a shame that so many of the driver aids are optional