Hyundai Kona Hybrid MPG & CO2 emissions

Fuel economy from the Hyundai Kona Hybrid is good, but it’s not quite the class leader

 MPG (comb)   MPG (high)   MPG (low)   CO2 
 52.3-56.5mpg   58.9-62.8mpg   55.4-61.4mpg    90-99g/km 

Powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine and a 43bhp electric motor, the Hyundai Kona Hybrid is reasonably competitive when it comes to fuel economy and CO2 emissions. The car's 1.56kWh battery collects energy harvested by a regenerative braking system, which converts kinetic energy into electricity when the car slows down.

It can also charge using power from the petrol engine, meaning it can travel short distances – usually no more than a mile or two – using electric power only, saving fuel while the engine is switched off. Unlike a plug-in hybrid, it isn’t possible to charge the Kona Hybrid’s battery by plugging in a cable.

Hyundai Kona Hybrid MPG & CO2 emissions

Officially, the Hyundai Kona Hybrid returns between 52.3 and 56.5mpg. This falls just shy of rivals like the Kia Niro (55.4-58.9mpg) and Toyota C-HR (57mpg), although it’s still vastly better than the efficiency figure achieved by the Honda CR-V Hybrid (38.2-40.9mpg).

Usually, you’d expect to see a little less efficiency in real-world driving conditions, but in this respect the Kona Hybrid performs very well: we saw in excess of 50mpg on the motorway on a test route in the Netherlands, with as much as 59mpg indicated on slower rural roads. This bodes well for city driving, where the hybrid system and its modest electric range should push that figure even higher.

All in all, the Kona Hybrid should make your money go further at the forecourts: given current fuel prices, it should cost around £49 to fill up the 38-litre fuel tank. A full tank should give you well over 400 miles of range, with as much as 500 miles possible for frugal drivers.
Meanwhile, the Kona Hybrid’s CO2 emissions have been rated between 90 and 99g/km. Again, this can’t quite match the Kia Niro or the Toyota C-HR, nor does it get you free entry to the London Congestion Charge zone.

As the Kona Hybrid gets so close to the class leaders in this category, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with driving one of the cleanest hybrid SUVs on sale.