Hyundai Kona Hybrid reliability & safety
The 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
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2017)||87%||85%||60%|
The Hyundai Kona Hybrid hasn’t specifically been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, however the petrol version was put through its paces in late 2017, returning the scores above. A full five-star rating is a promising sign, while the Kona's 87% adult and 85% child protection scores outperform those of the four-star Kia Niro. A handful of active safety systems come as standard, but these can be added to with optional extras.
Hyundai Kona Hybrid reliability & problems
The Kona Hybrid is still too new for any common long-term problems to have become evident, although we’ve no reason to suspect that it'll be anything other than a reliable car. There are no known issues affecting the petrol versions of the car and the Kona Electric, so the same is likely to be true for the Hybrid.
Hyundai finished 22nd in the 2019 Driver Power survey of the UK’s best manufacturers, falling from the 15th place is achieved the year before. It recovered to 13th place in the 2020 survey, which also saw the Kona itself (including petrol, hybrid and electric versions) ranked 60th out of 75 models. Negative comments focused on practicality and engine noise, however; the car's reliability was praised, with only a tiny 4.5% of owners saying they'd experienced a fault.
A full complement of airbags, driver attention alerts, forward collision avoidance, hill-start assist and lane-keeping assistance are standard on the entry-level SE Connect version of the Kona Hybrid. Stepping up to Premium adds pedestrian and cyclist detection to the collision-avoidance system, as well as speed-limit warnings.
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 & comfortThe 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 & safety - currently readingThe 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