The Hyundai Kona is distinctive-looking small SUV, and a good alternative to the Kia Stonic and the car that might have paved the way for all the rest, the Nissan Juke. Read our complete size and dimensions guide for the Kona to see if it’ll fit into your life and parking space.
The Hyundai is one of the longest and tallest small crossovers, sitting 30mm longer than the standard Juke (the Juke Nismo matches the Kona’s length exactly) and it’s just a few millimetres shy of the Juke’s height. The Stonic is both shorter by 25mm and lower by 30mm, suggesting it might not be so spacious.
Of these cars, the Kona is the only one with its width measurement including the wing mirrors, but excluding mirrors it’s still 35mm and 40mm wider than the Juke and Stonic respectively, although that difference won’t be noticeable in tight car parks.
|Height||1,550mm (1,565mm with roofrack)|
The Kona matches the Juke for front headroom, but if you specify a sunroof it’ll eat into the space slightly. In the rear, the Hyundai boasts 29mm more headroom than the Nissan – blame the Juke’s sloping roof for that.
Because it’s wider, newer and perhaps better packaged than the Juke, the Kona offers more shoulder room so it’ll be more comfortable for three people sitting abreast in the back. Legroom is slightly worse off in the front, but the Kona makes up for it by offering 65mm more legroom in the rear.
The Hyundai and Kia use the same mechanical underpinnings, so it’s likely that they’ll be similar in terms of interior room. That said, Kia hasn’t released figures yet, which could suggest that it won’t offer the same practicality of the Hyundai.
|Shoulder room (front/rear)||1,409mm/1,385mm|
Buy a Kona over these two other cars and you can revel in a few extra litres of boot space over the Stonic and Juke. The Hyundai offers 361 litres, the Nissan 354 litres and the Kia 352 litres, so the difference probably won’t be noticeable in the real world.
With the rear seats down, however, it’s a different story. The Kona loses out by just 12 litres to the Stonic, but the older Juke offers a useful 46 extra litres of loading capacity.
|Seats up||361 litres|
|Seats down||1,143 litres|
Fuel tank and turning circle
The Kona has the largest fuel tank of these three cars – 50 litres plays 45 and 46 litres in the Kia and Nissan. The turning circle is a smidge better than the Juke’s, but again Kia hasn’t yet provided a figure.
|Fuel tank||50 litres|
Weight and towing capacity
The lightest Kona weighs 1,233kg and while that isn’t too heavy, it’s only 20kg shy of the heaviest Stonic. Both the Kona’s equivalent opponents tip the scales at least 70kg lighter, and the heaviest Kona model weighs 50kg more than the Juke Nismo with four-wheel-drive. That means you might need the extra fuel tank capacity as the weight may hurt the fuel economy slightly.
Buy either a Kona or a Juke and you can tow a braked trailer weighing up to 1,250kg, but the Nissan trumps the Hyundai on an unbraked load. Both cars comfortably outperform the Stonic, which only manages 1,000kg and 450kg. Torquey engines allow the Hyundai to carry a much heavier payload than the Nissan, though, as the Juke can only manage a maximum of 475kg.
|Max towing capacity (braked/unbraked)||1,250kg/600kg|
Find out more about the Hyundai Kona
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