- Rival of Captur and Puma
- Mild hybrid gasoline engine
- On sale from July from £ 20,295
Full details of the new Hyundai Bayon have been released. The new crossover, which is heavily based on the latest Hyundai i20 supermini, will be available in three trim levels with a starting price of £ 20,295. It’s available to order now, with customers’ first cars arriving in July.
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The Bayon fits under the Kona in the Hyundai lineup and offers eye-catching styling, the latest connectivity and a 1.0-liter mild hybrid gasoline engine with the choice of two power outputs. Hyundai hopes this will drive buyers away from competitors like Ford Puma, Renault Captur and SEAT Arona.
Hyundai Bayon 2021 SUV: price, specifications and trim levels
The SE Connect model is the entry point to the Bayon range, starting at £ 20,295. It comes with a lot of standard equipment, including 16-inch alloy rims, LED daytime running lights, power mirrors and roof racks. Inside, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter are standard, as well as air conditioning.
Standard technology includes an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a cluster of 10.25-inch digital dials. Cruise control is also included, as well as a rear parking camera.
The Premium model starts at £ 22,495 and features larger 17-inch alloys, a private rear window, and LED headlights and taillights. Interior upgrades include a larger 10.25-inch infotainment screen with satellite navigation, air conditioning, cordless phone charging and power-folding mirrors.
At the top of the line, the Ultimate model features gloss black exterior mirror caps, a keyless system, a premium stereo system, and a black and gray interior. It also has an additional safety kit, with lane keeping assistance and blind spot warning. Prices for the Ultimate start at £ 23,795.
Clearly influenced by the bold new Hyundai Tucson, the Bayon gets a wide grille up front, flanked by low headlights placed under the daytime running lights. It’s a popular styling trend, as it can also be found on many of the Bayon’s potential competitors – like the Skoda Kamiq, Citroën C3 Aircross and Nissan Juke. Silver painted bumpers, raised ride height, and black plastic trim around the wheel arches show off its SUV aspirations.
At the rear, the boomerang-shaped taillights follow the folds of the bodywork with a thin light bar that sits under the rear windshield. Nine colors are available and seven of them can be specified with a contrasting black roof. Depending on the specification, 15 inch steel rims and alloy rims are available in 16 and 17 inch sizes.
Interior and technology
The Hyundai Bayon shares its interior with the i20, so high-end cars will receive a pair of 10.25-inch displays – one for driving information and a touchscreen for multimedia and navigation functions. Even base cars will have a touchscreen with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay, although it’s smaller at eight inches.
Connectivity is a big selling point for the Bayon, thanks to Hyundai’s BlueLink smartphone app. In addition to creating user profiles, seeing where you parked the car and unlocking it remotely, the app can sync with your favorite calendar app – if an event has an address listed, it will appear in the car satellite navigation. You also get connected routing for more precise route guidance and live parking to know the amount of parking fees.
Aimed at families, the Bayon also offers the latest security technologies. It is not yet confirmed what features will be offered as standard, but some of the available driver aids include blind spot monitoring, rear occupant alert, and a system that detects when the car is in front of the vehicle. queue pulls away, as well as regular things like lane keeping assist and automatic emergency braking.
It might be more compact than the Kona, but the Bayon actually offers a bigger trunk at 411 liters. Folding down the rear seats frees up to 1,205 liters, while the car’s high ground clearance should provide a nice view of the road.
Engines, performance and efficiency
Like the i20, you get a 99bhp 1.0-liter mild hybrid petrol engine, while a 118bhp version is also available. Both come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, with a seven-speed automatic DCT option available for the Premium and Ultimate trim levels. Full acceleration from 0 to 62 mph takes 10.7 and 10.4 seconds respectively for the 99 and 118 hp engines, or a second longer in each case if you choose the automatic.
The economy figures are not yet released but CO2 emissions start at 118 g / km for the 99 hp engine with the manual gearbox and 120 g / km for the automatic DCT. The 118bhp engine is only slightly less efficient, with emissions starting at 119g / km for the manual.
The manual gearbox is Hyundai’s new “smart” transmission, with no physical connection between the clutch pedal and the clutch itself. It instead uses electronic sensors and actuators, which allows the engine to shut off when you’re in gear but without pressing the throttle. In the i20, this system performed well, feeling like a normal manual gearbox with the benefit of slightly improved fuel economy.
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