The 2023 Hyundai Kona has had a serious update and is looking very sleek and futuristic! This five-seater is a very popular car, so let's find out if it's more suitable for families than its quite cramped predecessor by putting it through our BabyDrive testing…
The Hyundai Kona is very different looking on the outside and attracts a lot of attention. School drop off and pick was an interesting time for suggestions of names often reoccurring names around ‘friendly shark', ‘banana shark' and ‘space shark' were the most common themes!
Now to the more sensible parenting stuff… when it comes to installing child seats there are ISOFix points in the two outer rear seats, not within plastic guides but nice and easy to connect to.
There are top tether anchorages on the back of all three rear seat backrests that are within plastic guides, clearly labelled and easy to access through the boot.
Two Infasecure child seats fit really nicely in the back seats of the new Hyundai Kona. I installed the Infaecure Adapt More Infant Capsule rear-facing behind the driver and Achieve More forward-facing behind the front passenger seat.
When it comes to legroom in the Hyundai Kona, we found that with the rear-facing Adapt More installed, we could fit about a 175cm driver in front of it. Or with forward-facing child seats 180cm or taller drivers can fit. For families with only one child in a child seat, you can sit two passengers beside a child seat comfortably.
Rear passengers are well looked after with cup holders in the central seat fold-down armrest. Reusable or disposable coffee cups fit for older passengers or a child's cup will fit in them too.
Net map pockets on the back of both front seats will hold an iPad or book but not conceal it and there is a phone storage tray in the back of the central console box too.
The rear door bins are quite small and will just hold a small disposable water bottle.
The door bins in the front are bigger and can fit a refillable water bottle and an iPad and purse fit too.
In the front, two cup holders in the central console will hold a reusable or disposable coffee cup and there are phone storage spaces on either side of them too.
In front of them is a wireless phone charging pad and USB-C charging sockets.
The central console box, under the armrest, has a shelf with a little space underneath.
The glove box in the Hyundai Kona is practical in size and will hold an iPad and wallet with the manual, and above it is a shelf in the dash which is handy for popping the passenger phone etc, and the kids will always fill it with trinkets too!
The cabin of the 2023 Hyundai Kona is quite minimal and modern in feel.
Around in the boot, the 2023 Hyundai Kona is spacious and practical for families. It can fit eleven bags of shopping when empty the same as the Mitsubishi ASX. Which is comparable with the Kia Seltos and the Nissan Qashqai both hold twelve bags of shopping, and the Subaru XV will hold ten shopping bags.
The Leclerbaby Influencer XL single-hand fold stroller fits comfortably in the boot of the 2023 Hyundai Kona with seven bags of shopping.
The Leclerbaby Influencer XL single-hand fold stroller with the bassinet fits comfortably in the boot of the 2023 Hyundai Kona with three bags of shopping.
The Leclerbaby Influencer XL single-hand fold stroller fits comfortably in the boot of the 2023 Hyundai Kona with seven bags of shopping…
A twin side-by-side pram fits in the boot of the Kona with two bags of shopping.
Families that want to transport their fur babies too can fit a medium-sized dog in the boot of the Hyundai Kona.
There are aircon vents in the back of the central console box in the 2023 Hyundai Kona, which is perfect for keeping little rear passengers at the right temperature while driving along.
The 2023 Hyundai Kona media system has changed from their previous system and I find it way too wordy to use while driving. No one can read that much while driving and still keep their eyes on the road! Gone are the very easily recognizable symbols and instead are vague and tiny symbols and the words are in prime position. This is frustrating because Kia and Hyundai had one of the best media systems of all brands, so I don't know why they changed it!?
The previous features that were great for families, like ‘Quiet mode', aren't there…
…instead, you have to go through some wordy drop-down lists and change the position yourself each time.
The 2023 Hyundai Kona has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allows you to easily access your phone's navigation, listening and communication apps while driving.
The climate controls within the media screen…
… as well as there being physical controls on the dash.
In reverse, the camera images are crisp and clear…
… and you can change camera views on the top right of the screen…
… You can turn the parking sensors off easily with a button down beside the gear stick. You can also turn the cameras on and off with a button there too.
There are a couple of great features in the Hyundai Kona that I love for families. You can start the Hyundai Kona with the key fob, which is great for cooling the cabin before putting the kids into the car on a hot day. Also, to the right of the driver display, there is a magnetic board, like in the Ioniq 5, which is great fun for sticking notes and pictures from the kids on.
The 2023 Hyundai Kona is a fun little car to drive with your family. It's a little revvy up hills but, on the whole, just a great get-in-and-go family car. The turning circle is small and with two Infasecure child seats in the back, visibility out of the rear and side windows is very good. Making the Hyundai Kona very easy to park and maneuver in school and supermarket car parks.
The new 2023 Hyundai Kona comes with six airbags and has been given a four-star ANCAP safety rating.
Dual frontal, side and side head-protecting (curtain) airbags are standard.