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Updated Review after 21,000 KMS- STILL LOVE IT,
We posted a review a year ago, now we have 21,000 kms on the clock and we still love driving it. So quiet and peaceful to drive, so powerful and a great digital sound system on the Highlander.
We rarely drive my new Isuzu DMax as I much prefer driving the Kona electric.
We have taken it on 500km trips you just need to plan your route for a charging tops up along the way as continuous high speed running uses about 20% more energy than when driving under 80kph.
We only use the 10amp household power outlet and have never needed anything faster a...
Purchased in June 2020.
Took delivery 13 days ago, engine died on day 1 while driving, wouldn't start, had to be towed away. 2021 model.
Only had around 50 k's on clock. Has been in service division now for 12 days & counting. Issue could be with the ?immobilizer, ? transponder ? fuel pump ? Electrical connection issues. I hadn't driven a kilometer. To say I'm disappointed would be an understatement. What concerns me is that I haven't been able to get anything definitive or concrete as to what is wrong. It seems I've purchased a riddle on 4 wheels that even the manufacturer can't solve, only speculate on. I will never feel confident or safe driving this car. Suffice to say that this has caused much stress & I will regret this choice in motor vehicle for a long time.
Purchased in April 2021 at Westpoint Autos for $28,900.00.
Disappointed in my Kona 2019
I have a noise from my steering column, it first started around 35,000km and for a new car you do not expect problems with it. I got the worm shaft replaced in December 2020, and this was supposed to fix the noise, but when i got it back from Hyundai, it was worse. I took it back for a second time in January 2021, to be told the whole steering arm now needs to be replaced as faulty. I have been waiting for this part to come in and now coming up to 3 months and the noise is worse, my car shakes when in first geer and the steering wobbles. I am ...finding contacting Hyundai is a problem as they are either short staffed or too busy to chase up when the part is coming in. I dont really think they know either. I was also told that they have been getting a lot of calls regarding the same problem, so seem Kona's are not build very well. I would not recommend buying a Kona, unless you are willing to expect problems.
Purchased in August 2019 at Hyundai Dealers.
Disappointing 1st and 2nd gear
This car would be a 4.5 star rating EXCEPT for the disappointing performance in 1st and 2nd gear while in sports mode. The car short shifts at less than 2000 revs which is very annoying. Hyundai service (Hobart,Tas) today said this cannot be rectified. After 3rd gear, she drives beautifully. If you want a zippy sporty feeling car your only option is to manually shift it in 1st and 2nd gear.
Purchased in June 2019 for $32,000.00.
Not built for short people
Great features and nice to drive. I've only previously owned small cars, not an SUV, and the interior and boot of this car are less spacious than my previous cars.
The positioning of the headrest is too high if you're 5'3 or shorter. The headrest sticks out from the seat and the bottom part of the headrest (which should be in line with the neck/base of the skull) hits the top of my head, so the only way to drive the car is with my back not touching the seat at all. If I were in a car accident, being thrown back against the headrest would cause my head to be tilted downward and snap my neck. If you're short, avoid this car.
Absolutely love my Kona!
I work nightshift and have both freeway and dark winding country road to drive each night, and I always feel safe and comfortable in my Kona. I like the layout of the dash display, media system and steering wheel controls, my seat and seatbelt are comfortable and I can see clearly ahead of me which is important due to wildlife on the road. I love the feel of driving this car, it handles so nicely and it's an absolute joy to drive. Good on fuel, and excellent air-conditioning and sound system as well, which was important to me as music is es...sential for me during night driving. I love the design and look of my car and have received a lot of compliments about how nice it looks. Only thing I don't like is the space saver spare tyre, but it wasn't enough of an issue to stop me from buying the Kona, and I have absolutely no regrets. Boot space is more than adequate for my needs, my family is grown now and it's really only me using the car so it suits me very nicely.
Purchased in September 2020 for $21,000.00.
I'm still enjoying it
My usage: The EV is used for as much city driving as possible and minimise ICE. Commuting, errands, gardening products. I also use it for travel between SYD and CBR. It has the range, although I will stop to recharge for a bit and have a coffee, to ensure I have plenty of spare range at either end.
I've had it for 6 months and 7,000 km.
The load capacity with rear seats down will handle pots up to 50cm diameter. The self driving capability, especially distancing in stop and go traffic, is very stress reducing. The reliability and low maintenc...e are positives. There are negatives. The lack of a power lift gate is surprising. The front parking sensor only comes on after reverse is selected which is great for parallel parking but useless for much car parking where one enters front forward (and charging points). The Lexen tyres are being replaced in future models. Good thing too. They create too much noise at speed. My normal pattern is to charge Sunday and I usually get a week before needing to charge again. I use a normal extension cord. I can always top up overnight if I need. High speed chargers when going longer distances, of course. The plan to travel to VIC and TAS was interrupted by COVID, so I cannot talk about longer trips, but 300km trips are comfortable.
Purchased in March 2020 at Lennock Hyundai for $72,000.00.
good little car, but new car duco questionable
Purchased car from a dealer as a demo model in their showroom in 2018,this car is a great little car. However for a car that is only 2 years old and gets well looked after the black paintwork around the door frame has already faded and bubbled badly.Also it has rust flecks which have appeared on the bonnet, after inspection they say it is from welding which I questioned the original quality of the duco considering I have 2 other white family cars kept and used in the same way as the Kona. I will definitely look closer when buying my next car. Very slow process in repairs being carried by the dealership.
Purchased in January 2018 at Hyundai Dealers for $28,300.00.
Most Fun and Technologically Advanced Car I’ve Owned in 42 Years of Driving!
WOW, only done 800kms so far but the EV efficiency is excellent. If careful with your regen paddles we can achieve energy consumption of around 12 kWh per 100 kms which gives a theoretical range of 750kms on a full charge from the 64 kw battery. This was a mix of uncongested city and highway driving of speeds between 50-90 kph.
Hyundai claim a range of 470kms driving normally without actively maximising your regen. You can actually use the left side regen paddle as a de facto brake pedal and rarely ever need to apply any pressure to the brak...
Purchased in June 2020.
Wonderful range + features but lacks basics
I've been using my Kona EV highlander as a daily car for almost 8 months and it has been an absolute gem. The car is amazing and all with features like heated seats, heads up display, driver assist and all that but it lacks some basic things like a spare wheel (does come with a repatch kit tho) and the headroom and legroom in the back is pretty bad but apart from that its a small zippy little SUV to get around town with minimal costs for servicing and practically zero issues.
Purchased in November 2019 for $59,000.00.
Easy to drive and easy on the pocket
Took ages to decide on a new small SUV. Drove the Mazda and Corolla but the Hyundai Kona stood out for its fast take off from 0kph.
I travel interstate frequently so needed a car that was economical but fast when really needed like overtaking on the open road. The Kona has never struggled when overtaking as the turbo charged 1.6 L engine is amazing. I was reluctant to get such a small engine but the turbo makes all the difference.
Happy with all finishes.
Only downsides are the space saver spare tyre and the small boot. I punctured a tyre in th...
Purchased in December 2018.
l just purchased my second Hyundai and l am just so impressed with it and the experience of the service of all the team l dealt with l use it daily it gets serviced when needed at Hyundai
Purchased in February 2020 at Hyundai Dealers for $36,000.00.
I have purchased this car as a replacement for a #Lemon several months ago. While I had some teething issues with the immobiliser and factory damage, the warranty process is much better than their competitors.
Hyundai- I really appreciate the support you provided getting the warranty claims done when the Dealership gave me the runaround.
This car is my daily driver.
The fuel Economy is good and it is a great all round car in a Highway and City Environment. The Car has an internal diagnostic tool that keeps track of the stats of th...
Purchased in September 2019 at Hyundai Dealers.
Good little car
Nice compact little suv. Was a downgrade from Tucson but still nice. Good safety features and comfort. The boot could have a bit more room and the traction on Road isn’t great.
Purchased in January 2019.
The reviewer stated that an incentive was offered for this review
I love this car! I got the Tangerine Comet colour and it’s gorgeous! Looks so cool, I’ll admit I check out my reflection in shop windows as I drive past! Great around town, zippy in sports mode and even zipper when you put it manual mode. Reverse camera makes squeezing into those tight spots a breeze!
Excellent on the long trips, cruise works pretty well although it can creep higher than set on hills.
Apple car play is very cool, speakers are great I love the extra ones high on the doors. I’m proud to drive around in this car, she’s a beaut!
Purchased in November 2019.
Love my white Kona
Great looking car, very economic and very economic in fuel too.
Spacious and so easy to drive and park with the reverse camera.
Packed with so many features ( great touch screen, Bluetooth, comfortable seats, and very smooth to drive)
Purchased in October 2019 at Carsales.com.au for $20,500.00.
The reviewer stated that an incentive was offered for this review
Bloody amazing !
A real "driver's car"! Never thought I'd say that about a Hyundai, but this car is the best thing I have ever driven.
The turbo AWD is so sure-footed and wants to gooo! Throw it into a few corners and hit the throttle as you exit. The combination of DCT transmission, AWD with torque vectoring, teamed with Australian tuned suspension delivers an awesome feeling of control.
"Normal" drive mode is great for sedate shopping trips but put it into "Sport" mode and it becomes a different car. Acceleration improves noticeably and the steering tightens...
Purchased in November 2019 for $36,000.00.
Great car to drive. Is very comfortable and economical. Has good range of features and performance is good on freeway. Only criticism of the car is boot space is disappointing
Purchased in October 2019 for $29,000.00.
Purchased this mid range version 6 months ago as I wanted a more economical but safe & comfortable ride in car. This company vehicle has out done itself with features, comfort, safety & servicing costs.
Love this car.
Purchased in March 2018 at Hyundai Dealers for $32,000.00.
Great car for the money
Our 2011 i30 was getting a little tired and the dealer had a 2018 Kona demonstrator at the end of February 2018 for around $3000 less and only 53 km on the clock. We went for a test drive and were delighted with the bodywork, braking, the power the engine and the dashboard readouts, and the reversing camera. Yearly servicing intervals are great and the car has run really well so far. The connectivity with the mobile phone and its many apps is the icing on the cake. Great comfortable car at a great Price.
Purchased in February 2019 for $24,000.00.
Questions & Answers
I am having problems about sensor. It is 2021 new kona and installed rear and front sensor. While I driving, some times BEEEE sound came out. Dealer said its normal. You can turning off when you drive, when you need turn on the sensor button.
Can any one same happens with me?
How do I stop my Kona talking to me all the time? eg Warning Children Crossing Ahead, Warning Narrow Road Ahead, etc... Its driving me crazy!!!
Has anybody had an issue with a steering wheel noise (like no power steering fluid) and then like a creaking noise when turning the steering wheel or coming to a stop? This is a 2018 model OS Kona Active with safety Has anybody had any steering issues of any type??
Hi yes i have had the same, they replaced a part in the steering column which when i got it back was worse and now been told it needs a new steering column. got told its happening to a lot of Konas, and have been waiting since December 2020 for a replacement.
I now have another problem with the engine using all the oil in between services and no warning light coming on. seems a bad choice in buying this car. i have only done 40,000km and model is 2019.
|Category||Small / Compact SUVs||Small / Compact SUVs||Small / Compact SUVs||Small / Compact SUVs|
|Transmission||Dual-Clutch (DCT)||Dual-Clutch (DCT)||Dual-Clutch (DCT)||Dual-Clutch (DCT)|
|Drive Type||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)|
|Wheels||16" Alloy||18" Alloy||17" Alloy||16" Steel|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||6.7 L/100km||6.7 L/100km||6.7 L/100km||6.7 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||50 L||50 L||50 L||50 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 1.6L||4 Cylinder 1.6L||4 Cylinder 1.6L||4 Cylinder 1.6L|
|Max Power||130kW @ 5500rpm||130kW @ 5500rpm||130kW @ 5500rpm||130kW @ 5500rpm|
|Max Torque||265Nm @ 1500-4500rpm||265Nm @ 1500-4500rpm||265Nm @ 1500-4500rpm||265Nm @ 1500-4500rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||1,250 kg||1,250 kg||1,250 kg||1,250 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||600 kg||600 kg||600 kg||600 kg|
|Ground Clearance||170 mm||170 mm||170 mm||170 mm|
|Release date||Oct 2017||Oct 2017||Oct 2017||Aug 2018|
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