Based on the benchmark i30 hatch and with the same loving attention from the Australian suspension team, the Kona's journey to the forecourt was a considered, careful one. One characteristically memorable blanket marketing campaign and they're everywhere.

So we figured everywhere should also mean my driveway for six months, so the Active arrived in the dying days of January to keep us company.

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Comments

    • Imran Noor
      Imran Noor

      If this is a SUV then Toyota Prius is a Truck

      about 17 days ago
    • Imran Noor
      Imran Noor

      5k is toooo much for small box

      about 17 days ago
    • Shank Adams
      Shank Adams

      Did you rub one out in it😂

      about 3 months ago
    • joel decastro
      joel decastro

      your wrong kona is fast brahhhh even you get the 1.0 120 hp! brahhh

      about 5 months ago
    • dji zzah
      dji zzah

      im going to mention the elephant in the room, its butt ugly!!

      about 7 months ago
    • Graeme Williams
      Graeme Williams

      Got my Elite turbo in December 2017, no issues at all. The rear vents are under the front seats facing rearwards. My front collision avoidance system kicked in once when a clown stomped his brakes @100KPH to take a turnoff. For 6 months I was the only kid on the block with one, now they are EVERYWHERE !

      about 8 months ago
    • Battosai Himura88
      Battosai Himura88

      Nah,few more bucks n its Mazda CX5 for me!

      about 9 months ago
    • momonyak
      momonyak

      You are 180cm with a 6'2" son. I hate it when measurements are inconsistent!

      about 9 months ago
    • quietguy
      quietguy

      Good review.

      about 9 months ago
    • letsseeif
      letsseeif

      On holiday in Hobart Nov'17 wife drove dealer demo 'elite' Kona with 2 ltire & safety pack & loved it. Ultimately bought an i30 for fantastic handling & esp Radar Cruise which Kona's yet to include. Love our i30SRPremium. If my teenage Getz EVER fails, I'll go for Kona. Hyundai has proven the most reliable brand of my life & I'm a v senior 'senior' who'se owned a huge variety since 1961.

      about 1 year ago
    • Steven S
      Steven S

      I forgot that Australian cars have the drivers on the "wrong" side (as we say here in America), thought your camera was mirrored... I test drove the SEL and find the cloth seats in YOUR Kona nicer to look at then the plaid ugly pattern in the U.S. version. That being said, you don't see the plaid pattern when your bum is on the seat so I could live with the cloth pattern.

      about 1 year ago
    • Steven S
      Steven S In reply to Steven S

      Since I wrote this review, I leased (late November 2018) a 2019 Kona Limited. Here in the States, we have FWD or AWD and I chose FWD. I don't drive a lot (my job is 2.5 miles from my house) but when I drive to family or when I drove an hour to my company holiday party (highway), I get great gas mileage and feel the turbo when needed. I'm glad I have leather seats, plus all the "bells and whistles" except the HUD, which is on the Ultimate.

      about 10 months ago
    • Resonance
      Resonance

      Map pockets, usb, air vent comes with higher options, doesnt it?

      about 1 year ago
    • Car Craze
      Car Craze

      I doubt that it going to catch on in North American market knowing the fact that you get better options

      about 1 year ago
    • The Fat Vegan
      The Fat Vegan In reply to Car Craze

      Lol you’re so wrong.

      about 2 months ago
    • John Franklin
      John Franklin In reply to Car Craze

      See alot of them in southern California.

      about 5 months ago
    • Neil H
      Neil H

      Great review. I bought the Kona 1.6 turbo petrol Elite model back in May and so far could not be happier with it. For the size it's quite a good ride and with all the safety features it's a great vehicle. The only down side would be is I'm not keen on the space-saver spare tyre. Some people think the Kona is also ugly with all the plastic around the outside etc but hey, it's a lot easier and cheaper to replace if damaged plus have a look at a lot of other recent SUV models, they all have that too in some degree. I love the Kona!

      about 1 year ago
    • Steven S
      Steven S In reply to Neil H

      I test drove a Kona SEL with Tech Package and give it a 8/10 BUT since I'm leasing a 2016 Elantra, will wait until the 2019 Kona and new Elantras arrive at dealerships next month. Most of the Ultimate safety features are going to be on the 2019's now and I don't need a turbo for my local driving needs.

      about 1 year ago
    • Tech Pappee
      Tech Pappee

      Good review, only one slight gripe if you will. Kona *isn't a jacked up I30* , Hyundai created a dedicated subcompact SUV platform for this market... "Mike O'Brien, Hyundai's vice president of corporate planning, product planning and digital business, said the *Kona's dedicated platform* has been optimized for size and sales."
      https://www.forbes.com/sites/sebastianblanco/2018/03/21/hyundai-kona-platform-optimized-for-gas-diesel-electric-powertrains/#49c5243f5955

      There are several articles with quotes from Hyundai reps stating this fact online. It may also be used for the Genesis line as a luxury subcompact SUV. SUVs are planned for the Genesis line in the future. It's also optimized for a hybrid/electric powertrain.

      On another note. If you want more power get the 1.6T petrol. Problem solved.

      about 1 year ago
    • Nathan Hopkinson
      Nathan Hopkinson

      Was that fuel economy based on the trip computer or was it accurately calculated? I'm getting 6L/100kms from my 2L kona active (have had mine 4 months) and can only achieve 8's on absurdly short trips or revving the tits off it in the sport drive mode. I leave mine in the comfort drive setting so maybe that's it?

      about 1 year ago
    • sam workout fitness life [SamAV17TM]
      sam workout fitness life [SamAV17TM]

      8/10 not biased

      about 1 year ago
    • sam workout fitness life [SamAV17TM]
      sam workout fitness life [SamAV17TM]

      ultimate spec more fun

      about 1 year ago
    • sam workout fitness life [SamAV17TM]
      sam workout fitness life [SamAV17TM]

      I love kona 1.0 manual

      about 1 year ago
    • Tony C.
      Tony C.

      does this car even have a spare tyre and jack ?

      about 1 year ago
    • John Franklin
      John Franklin In reply to Tony C.

      Yes.

      about 5 months ago
    • Aaron Albert
      Aaron Albert

      Is it me or does he look like Gordon Ramsay?

      about 1 year ago
    • LAnDI+
      LAnDI+

      Its based on the I20 chassis

      about 1 year ago
    • Tech Pappee
      Tech Pappee In reply to LAnDI+

      LAnDI+ no it's not. Hyundai created a dedicated subcompact SUV platform for it...

      "Mike O'Brien, Hyundai's vice president of corporate planning, product planning and digital business, said the *Kona's 'dedicated' platform* has been optimized for size and sales."
      https://www.forbes.com/sites/sebastianblanco/2018/03/21/hyundai-kona-platform-optimized-for-gas-diesel-electric-powertrains/#49c5243f5955

      about 1 year ago
    • StarbuckSagi
      StarbuckSagi

      @CarsGuide
      Great, great review! I just bought the Kona as well and I’m SO happy with it. I have the same engine as yours - but upgraded to the luxury model.
      Question: does your version not have the 3 modes? *Normal/Eco/Sport?*
      My model has this feature and when put into ‘sport mode’ it is extremely peppy! The extra kick needed for the highway and added quick acceleration. 👍😎

      about 1 year ago
    • John Franklin
      John Franklin In reply to StarbuckSagi

      Sport mode is definitely a boost from a complete stop, or when floored on the freeway. It does increase cars get up and go.

      about 5 months ago
    • StarbuckSagi
      StarbuckSagi In reply to StarbuckSagi

      Give 'er (sport mode) a go... ;)
      Cheers!

      about 1 year ago
    • Peter Anderson
      Peter Anderson In reply to StarbuckSagi

      Hi there - yes it has three models but I rarely left Normal. Didn't seem much point :-)

      about 1 year ago
    • Greg Burville
      Greg Burville

      You'll mention Subaru Forester regarding false alerts with the safety packs, but shy away from naming BMW or Mercedes or Audi by saying "an very expensive German car". Why so timid?

      about 1 year ago
    • john jackson
      john jackson In reply to Greg Burville

      Greg Burville an very expensive? Do u English bro?

      about 6 months ago
    • Resonance
      Resonance

      Great

      about 1 year ago
    • Pickle And jam
      Pickle And jam

      Mee

      about 1 year ago
    • Dicky Knees
      Dicky Knees

      Where’s Nikki?? We want Nikki. We want Nikki. You two worked great together. Oh yes, this review was very good too.

      about 1 year ago
    • Stone Metallic
      Stone Metallic

      very nice, like it

      about 1 year ago
    • Capt Canada
      Capt Canada

      Its a first go if you don't count the Hyundai Tucson.

      about 1 year ago
    • Peter Anderson
      Peter Anderson In reply to Capt Canada

      The Tucson isn't a compact SUV but you're right, it's a very good car - I had one of those for six months last year.

      about 1 year ago