Hyundai Kona N (2021 – present) | Expert Rating


The Hyundai Kona N is a compact five-door SUV/crossover which is the performance-enhanced version of the standard Kona SUV range, and currently the largest model in the Hyundai ‘N’ family.

First arriving on UK roads in Autumn 2021, the Kona N is powered by a 276hp 2.0-litre petrol engine – the same unit found in the Hyundai i30 N hot hatch.

Autocar says that the combination of this powerful engine and the SUV’s agile handling makes the Kona N feel like “a true hot hatch with a dash of extra ride height”, while Top Gear claims that the Hyundai is currently the “most fun small performance crossover on sale”.

This accolade is slightly hollow when you consider that there aren’t many performance crossovers on the market at the moment, and many reviewers state that the class-leading Ford Puma ST is still the better option. Comparing both models, What Car? concludes that the Kona N offers “less practicality, a smaller interior and louder road noise at motorway speeds”, while Parkers adds that the Puma ST has lower pricing.

“You do have to accept a few small sacrifices”, Auto Express argues, “but they’re easy to make for the breadth of ability on offer here – the Kona N is more thrilling than many hot hatchbacks on sale.”

As of June 2022, the Hyundai Kona N holds and Expert Rating of 66%, based on 12 reviews published by the motoring media here in the UK.

Kona N highlights

  • One of the most exciting small SUVs to drive
  • Handling that inspires confidence
  • Well-equipped
  • Intuitive infotainment
  • Competitively priced

Kona N lowlights

  • Loud engine at high speeds
  • Rather cramped rear seating
  • Interior design uses cheap plastics
  • Not as practical as the Ford Puma ST
  • Stiff suspension

Key specifications

Body style: Small SUV
From £35,820 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2021
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA

Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Safety rating

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Adult protection: 87%
Child protection: 85%
Vulnerable road users: 62%
Safety assist: 60%

Though the Hyundai Kona N has not been explicitly testedby Euro NCAP, it inherits the crash test safety rating of the Kona SUV it is based on, which was awarded a full five-star rating in late 2017.

Eco rating

No eco rating

As of
June 2022, the Hyundai Kona N has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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As of June 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Hyundai Kona N to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively for us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Kona N, we’ll publish the score here.

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