2024 Hyundai Kona Premium (car review)

The 2024 Hyundai Kona Premium (tested here in its 2.0-litre petrol front-wheel drive configuration) has undergone a revamp, and now offers better tech, a cooler design, and more features.

Powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine that puts out 110kW of get up and go, and 180Nm of torque, which is plenty for around town driving and freeway trips to work. That’s paired with a CVT with eight virtual gears.

The shifter is mounted on the steering column (in much the same way Mercedes-Benz does it), and while that’s a little odd and takes a bit of getting used to, it’s not any less user friendly, and in fact frees up the centre console for more space.

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Gear shifts are relatively seamless in traffic and at cruising speeds, ensuring the Kona feels comfortable. Three driving modes provide a range of performance options, including Eco, Normal and Sport.

The latter pushes the car a little harder than it would like to be pushed, with gear shifts in this mode having a noticeable, almost laggy, delay. That said, in both Eco and Normal mode, the Kona Premium is a comfy commuter and never missed a beat.

2024 Hyundai Kona Premium
2024 Hyundai Kona Premium

Fuel economy in real world testing was bang on the claimed number of 6.6-litres/100km. In terms of ride and handling, the suspension is rather compliant and gave us no noticeable discomfort in any of our travels.

It does a good job of not becoming too soft when leaning hard into a corner, and sits 170mm off the ground in terms of clearance (handy for going over speed bumps and parking).

From a design perspective, the exterior of the Kona has a futuristic vibe, with sharp lines all over the place. It’s an interesting look, especially when paired to the lighting signature across the outside of the car.

The interior, in optional Light Shale Grey (the default colour for the Mirage Green exterior shade on our tester), carries a luxurious presence but its near creamy white hue might be a tough one to keep clean for those living an active lifestyle (it’s going to get dirty, people).

Rest assured you can opt for Black instead. The heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats (the rear outboard spots are heated too) in the Kona are designed for comfort first and were impressively so on a long journey.

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Inside the 2024 Hyundai Kona Premium

The space feels much more open than the previous generation thanks to the disappearance of the shifter as well. With plenty of storage, two cup holders and a fast wireless charging bay that’s designed better than most, it’s a pretty handy interior.

Rear leg and head room is impressive for a compact crossover, and boot space is 407-litres, which expands to 1,241-litres when you drop the second row. Back up front, the drive mode selector is front and centre, along with multiple USB-C connection points. 

The 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and infotainment system feature clearer, more high definition screens that are intuitive and easy to use. The ambient lighting colours are super cool, and the Bose 8-speaker sound system offers an excellent audio experience.

The sat-nav comes with live traffic, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also feature. On the safety front, there’s a tonne of tech, including blind spot cameras in the external mirrors which show live vision on the instrument cluster when you indicate left or right.

The 360-degree surround view monitor makes parking a breeze and even shows your pathway. You’ll also find brake assist, downhill brake control, hill start assist, multi-collision avoidance braking, driver attention warning, and leading vehicle departure alert.

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Inside the 2024 Hyundai Kona Premium

Forward collision warning (including car, motorcycle, pedestrian and cyclist detection), lane follow and keep assist, rear cross traffic collision avoidance, safe exit warning and smart cruise control with stop and go, also feature.

The 2024 Hyundai Kona Premium offers exceptional value at just over $45,000 drive away, with the optional sunroof added. You can also choose an N Line package, should you want a sportier look.

Available in six colours, including Ultimate Red, Denim Blue, Abyss Black, Ecotronic Grey and Atlas White (as well as Mirage Green), it comes with a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty. A range of service plans are also available.

You can find out more from the Hyundai Australia website, or by talking to your local dealership. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

Our test vehicle was provided by Hyundai Australia for review purposes.

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Inside the 2024 Hyundai Kona Premium

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
7
Exterior styling
8
Interior look and feel
7.5
Technology and connectivity
8
Family friendliness
8
Value for money
8

SUMMARY

Pros - great daily driver; comfortable; excellent technology package; reverse and parking cameras are excellent.
Cons - gearbox needs more gusto on Sport mode; some of the safety alerts will get annoying.
Dylan Swan
Dylan Swan
IT specialist who loves all things adventure and anything with wheels. Someone who loves a challenge and saying yes to new opportunities.

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<strong>Pros -</strong> great daily driver; comfortable; excellent technology package; reverse and parking cameras are excellent.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> gearbox needs more gusto on Sport mode; some of the safety alerts will get annoying.2024 Hyundai Kona Premium (car review)