Hyundai Nexo 2019 RHD rear seats

Hyundai Nexo review

Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

There’s only one model of Nexo and it comes packed to the rafters with equipment including dual-zone climate control, ful LED lighting, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and start plus a hands-free electric tailgate as standard.

The bad news is that the Nexo isn’t cheap, costing around the same amount as the far speedier Jaguar I-Pace and nearly twice as much as Hyundai’s own Kona Electric. It’s also worth bearing in mind that hydrogen itself is quite expensive, so you won’t save money on running costs like you would an electric car. It pays to save the earth, at least, that’s how it seems.

At least you still pay minimal amounts of company car tax due to the Nexo emitting no CO2 at all. However, you will also have to pay the premium car tax for cars costing over £40,000. 

As for safety, the Nexo scored a full five stars in its Euro NCAP safety evaluation, although delving into the scores deeper, it could protect its driver a little better compared to similarly pricey SUVs. At least you get automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection, lane-keeping assistance and a driver attention alert as standard.

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Verdict

There's no doubt the Nexo packs some serious green credentials, but this comes at a price when buying and running one. However, decent interior space and a relaxing drive shows that hydrogen cars have plenty of potential.

  • Relaxing to drive
  • Zero CO2 emissions
  • Spacious interior
  • Pricey compared to electric competition
  • Limited hydrogen filling stations
  • Rivals are more exciting to drive