Hyundai Kona SUV - Interior & comfort
The Hyundai Kona is impressively refined but the ride feels too firm, especially on the bigger wheels
The inside of the Kona is less unusually designed than the outside. Generally, there’s a well judged mix of materials throughout, even if there’s some slightly drab grey plastic on the dashboard. There are some nice soft-touch materials on the doors and in less visible places where you wouldn’t find them in rivals, such as the Citroen C3 Aircross.
It's a shame its French rival beats the Kona so soundly when it comes to ride quality, too. It's far from a disgrace, but potholes and road imperfections can shudder through the car's structure, particularly on the largest alloy wheels, and we recommend sticking with the 17 or 16-inch versions to improve comfort.
The Kona is also impressively hushed at high speed, thanks to the character of the 1.0-litre petrol engine and impressive wind noise isolation.
Hyundai Kona dashboard
The Kona’s dashboard is more about function than design panache, but that does mean everything is laid out logically; the infotainment system on higher-spec models has been placed high up so it’s easier to glance at quickly. The system is fast to respond during use, but it’s likely you’ll want to switch over to Android Auto or Apple CarPlay if you have them, in order to get the latest mapping and traffic information.
There are six trim levels to choose from; S, SE, PLAY, Premium, Premium SE and Premium GT.
Entry-level S cars come with 16-inch alloy wheels, air-con, LED daytime running lights, electric windows all round, power-adjustable side mirrors, automatic headlights, cruise control, Bluetooth and a five-inch LCD infotainment system with DAB radio.
Moving up to SE adds a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, power adjustment for the driver’s seat, rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, foglights and leather on the steering wheel and gearknob.
Mid-range PLAY models carry over all of the equipment from the SE trim level and get upgraded 18-inch alloy wheels and a range of metallic or pearl paint colours as standard.
The Premium trim level ushers in a luxurious feel, adding climate control, keyless entry and ignition, automatic wipers, 18-inch alloy wheels and an eight-inch touchscreen, while Premium SE buyers get heated and ventilated leather seats, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel and front parking sensors on top of that.
The top-of-the-range Premium GT, which is only available with the 1.6-litre petrol engine, comes with full LED headlights and rear lights, a larger driver’s information screen in the instrument cluster and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition.
Customisation is a key element of a car’s appeal in the small SUV market and there are plenty of ways to make your Kona stand out if you want it to. These include contrasting roof colours and pearlescent paint choices. You can also opt to order the car with a sunroof.