Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
There are certainly cheaper options in the small SUV class; the Bayon’s starting price hovers above those of the Citroën C3 Aircross and Skoda Kamiq. However, the Bayon is cheaper than an equivalent VW T-Roc.
Range-topping Ultimate trim is pretty pricey but does get you keyless entry and start – useful features that aren’t available on cheaper trims.
All trims get plenty of safety kit, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and a system that monitors driver fatigue. If you want blindspot monitoring, you’ll need to go for Ultimate trim; this feature isn’t even optional on SE Connect or Premium. At the time of writing, the Bayon hadn’t been appraised for its ability to protect occupants in a crash.
It’s also too early for us to give you a good steer on reliability, although in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, Hyundai finished in fourth place (out of 30 manufacturers) in the overall league table. You also get a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty as standard – better cover than what's offered on rivals.