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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Hyundai Kona

Overall verdict
Go ahead if you like the look of it. If you don't, rivals are just as good.


Refined, and it handles well enough


Gets expensive, looks weird


What is it?

It’s probably the most outrageously styled Hyundai the world has ever seen. The Kona is a small SUV that will compete with the Nissan Juke and Seat Arona, among others, in what’s known as the ‘B-SUV’ segment. These so-called SUVs are hugely popular, hence the droves of them that already have or are coming to market in 2017/18. 

But even in this style-led segment, none we’ve seen is as bold as the Kona. There are shades of Hyundai in there, but for the most part this is a bespoke design, and in our view not a totally successful one.

We appreciate Hyundai wanted to go bold (and applaud it for following through) – as it’s so late to the party. Going big is the only way to get noticed, we figure. But there are ways of doing that without over-styling your car, which is the trap Hyundai’s fallen into.

There are five ‘grilles’ in front, but only two are real, and the arrangement of the rear-end is plain odd. It will find as many fans as it will naysayers, no doubt. Happily, thigs are more conventional underneath… 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6T GDi Blue Drive Premium GT 5dr 4WD DCT
7.9s 153g/km 42.2 177 £24,440
The cheapest
1.0T GDi Blue Drive S 5dr
12.0s 117g/km 54.3 120 £15,980
The greenest
1.0T GDi Blue Drive S 5dr
12.0s 117g/km 54.3 120 £15,980
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