Try it, Hyundai Bayon: the compact hybrid SUV designed for the city

Try it, Hyundai Bayon: the compact hybrid SUV designed for the city

Try it, Hyundai Bayon

Hyundai Bayon is a crossover introduced by the Korean brand in 2021 and shares the mechanical part with its sister Hyundai i20 even if, from the outside, it could not be easily guessed. Bayon's design is certainly original, with an attractive and modern front and a controversial-looking rear that definitely attracts attention.
The latter is automatically engaged - precisely as if pressed by the driver - causing the car to be effectively in neutral in appropriate situations while driving and thus take advantage of the soaring to save fuel.
The XClass trim level on the car in test - the richest available - is the most sensible choice costing only € 2,250 more than the XLine version but offering much more including front and rear Full LED headlights, parking sensors, camera and many other additions. > Inexplicably, with the optional 10.25 "screen you lose the ability to use Apple CarPlay Wireless and you will have to use it with the cable, which is not the case with the standard version. 8 ". The screen in front of the driver is typical Hyundai, simple but clear and defined. Bayon's interior is essential, with wraparound seats finished in fabric and plenty of interior space despite the car's small size; Hyundai Bayon in fact boasts ideal measures for city use where its 4180 mm in length, 1780 mm in height and 1500 mm in height are perfect for moving easily in traffic.

The clutch is light and easy to use, the engine is more powerful than one might think and the comfort is more than good; 100 hp on this car is more than enough to not consider it lazy, as long as you keep the right revs when you want to have more character. In fact, overtaking can be done with agility and reaching motorway speed takes place without any particular effort.

The consumption of this mild hybrid 3-cylinder with 50% highway 50% urban use is fairly good, recording 6.5 l / 100 km or 15.38 km / l while the acoustic comfort at 130 km / h is excellent, the car is well soundproofed and aerodynamically no strange rustles are perceived.

The technological equipment on Hyundai Bayon is of great level, in the iMT version there is no adaptive Cruise control - present on the version with automatic transmission - but we find the blind spot sensor, the automatic emergency braking and even the automatic warning when the car in front is starts to move, very useful when you are perhaps engaged in a chat with the passenger and you do not notice the restart of those in front of us. The rear camera also has a very high resolution, so high that it is possible to read the license plate numbers of the cars behind us even from several meters away.

In general Hyundai Bayon is an ideal car for a family with a starting price of 20,050 euros; if you want more accessories, Hyundai offers two further trim levels "XTech" and "XClass" respectively at 20,300 and 22,300 euros. The version used in the test benefits from the XClass set-up to which we would also like to add the Safety & Tech Pack package (2,100 euros) which includes a 10.25 ″ screen, BlueLink services and the BOSE audio system. The engines available, as mentioned, are three (1.2 petrol 84 horsepower, 1.2 LPG 81 horsepower and 1.0 petrol + 48V 100 horsepower) and we naturally recommend the one equipped with a form of electrification. Depending on the use, whether citizen or not, you will also have the possibility to choose whether to acquire Bayon with manual or automatic transmission; the surcharge in this case is about 1,500 euto in favor of the automatic. Numerous colors available: pastel, metallic and micallic. The trial version has a price of just under 30 thousand euros.

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