Hyundai Kona

Hyundai Kona removed from Scheme 27th August 2022

The Kona is not a large car, similar in size to a Fiat 500x, Renault Captur of Ford Puma. The Hyundai Kona is on the Scheme in three powertrains; petrol, petrol hybrid and full electric. The full electric is the most popular but as the charging network is still growing there is still an option for a mid sized hatchback that has to visit the petrol station. The 1.0 petrol is Manual gearbox only and has a 48v Mild hybrid attachment which serves very little only a slight boost to acceleration and is charged by regeneration methods alone. It’s a willing engine, 118 bhp and 172nm of torque is more than enough to pull a mid sized car around, the economy is a claimed 47.1 miles per gallon.  The 1.6 litre petrol self charging hybrid is automatic gearbox only and adds a 43bhp electric motor (total 139 brake horse power) paired to a small 1.56kWh battery pack. Unlike many plug-in hybrids, the battery is only able to support a mile or so of electric driving, but it’s quickly recharged using the engine and regenerative braking. It automatically chooses when it’s best to use the electric motor to maximise efficiency, resulting in an impressive fuel economy figure of 57.6mpg.


The Kona comes in three standard trim lines, SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate, even the base trim is well presented with cruise control, manual air conditioning, rear parking sensors, 17 inch alloys, 8 inch touchscreen with android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Premium adds an electric hand brake with hill start assist, heated front sets and steering wheel, 18 inch alloy wheels, climate control, privacy glass, front parking sensors, 10.25 inch touchscreen, wireless phone charging and an eight speaker premium audio.  Ultimate adds a heads up display, front centre armrest, electric opening sunroof, LED headlights, leather seats,  ventilated and electrically controlled front seats. The petrol manual is also available in the Sporty N-Line trim which has a ventilated bonnet, 18inch alloy wheels body kit and red stitching to the seats and steering wheel, it mirrors the Premium spec without the heated seats, steering wheel, smart key and front parking sensors but it does have a manual handbrake.

Petrol Manual cars range from Nil Advance Payment to £1499 AP, the N-Line is our pick at £499 AP.  Hybrid Automatics are a little more expensive than we would like at £999 to £2099 Advance Payment.

Electric Kona

The Electric Hyundai Kona has a 64kWh battery, a range of 300 miles and fast charging from 10% – 80% in as little as 47 minutes on a 100kW DC rapid charger, charging from empty to full on a standard 7kW charger takes 9 hours 15 minutes. Progress is quick, 0-62 mph in 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 104 mph. The top trim, Ultimate, with electric seats, heated and cooled in the front and a glass roof, is astonishingly good value (in the present climate) at £1599 Advance Payment (Premium trim is £1099 Advance Payment and the 39kWh battery version with a 189 mile range is available at Nil Ap in SE Connect trim or £399 AP in Premium). Motability will included the instillation of a home charger or should you not have room you can opt to have membership to BP Pulse (usually £7.85 per month) with reduced rates from 30p per kW of charge.