Hyundai KONA takes the crown in Auto Express Driver Power Awards

Here at Johnsons, we’re huge fans of the Hyundai KONA, in all its incarnations – from the electrified versions to the exhilarating new KONA N…and everything in between! We were therefore delighted to see it add another award to its already bursting trophy cabinet, with the model being voted as the best car to own in the Auto Express Driver Power Awards 2021.

Now approaching its third decade, the Driver Power Survey asks thousands of drivers across the country to rate their vehicles in a number of categories, from reliability and technology to MPG and running costs. The KONA was also named as the Best Small SUV, with KONA Electric winning Best Electric Car – in fact, it’s the only car to achieve double honours on its way to overall victory!

To hit the top spot in the survey, the KONA had to perform strongly in each of the voted categories, placing top for Ride & Handling and coming runner-up in the Reliability & Build Quality, Infotainment, Connectivity & Electronics, and Engine & Gearbox categories.

Auto Express Editor-in-Chief Steve Fowler commented:

“The Hyundai KONA has been voted our Driver Power Car of the Year thanks to its comprehensive roster of talents, with owners telling us they love almost everything about this small SUV, from the tidy handling, fantastic infotainment and low running costs, to the strong reliability, sleek looks and strong drivetrains. What’s more, when we separate out the KONA Electric we find that this is the top-rated EV in our survey, getting the better of both the Nissan LEAF and Tesla Model 3. Strong stuff indeed.”

Other Hyundai models made a big impression in the survey, too, with the Hyundai i10 finishing runner-up in the list of City Cars and the IONIQ coming runner-up in the Compact Family Cars class –including an overall win in the MPG & Running Costs category.

Ashley Andrew, Managing Director of Hyundai Motor UK, said:

“Fresh off the back of six wins for our model range at the Auto Express Awards, we’re delighted to see that the readers are just as enthusiastic about Hyundai as the writers. The Auto Express Driver Power Survey is a great barometer for the real-life ownership experience of a Hyundai customer and to see so many of our models scoring highly, let alone topping the table, is a testament to the breadth and depth of the ever-developing Hyundai product range.”

If the award-winning KONA has caught your eye, contact your local Johnsons Hyundai to get behind the wheel today!