2021 Hyundai Bayon SUV revealed: price, specs and release date
The Hyundai Bayon is an all-new small SUV with hybrid engines and sharp looks that has its sights set on the Ford Puma...
On sale Summer 2021 | Price from £18,000 (est)
The Hyundai Bayon really wears its adventurous intent on its sleeve. Even though it’s the baby of Hyundai’s SUV line-up, it has rugged exterior styling with lots of triangular and arrow-shaped elements and a tall stance that give it an athletic look. And, to underline its sporty pretensions, Hyundai has named it after Bayonne, a city in the French Pyrenees that’s a hub for those who prefer active holidays.
Based on the same underpinnings as the i20 small hatchback, the Bayon is the brand's most affordable SUV. It enters the hotly contested small SUV segment, rivalling the Ford Puma (our 2021 Small SUV of the Year), Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Roc.
Looking like nothing else in the Hyundai range, the Bayon distinguishes itself with LED lights and indicators all-round and the option of a contrasting black roof that's available with seven of the nine paintwork colours offered.
To help the Bayon compete with its many rivals, its interior ticks a lot of today's fashionable boxes. It features LED ambient lighting in the front doors and footwells, and its fully digital 10.25in instrument panel is likely to be configurable so the driver can view sat-nav directions as well as the usual driving information.
All models come with either a 10.25in audio visual navigation screen or 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system, depending on the trim level. Both provide wireless connection to the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring systems. Connected features include calendar integration, live parking services, natural speech recognition for voice commands, and live traffic information and navigation rerouting. The centre console also contains a wireless phone charging pad and there are three USB ports.
There should be plenty of room in the Bayon for four adults, and boot space also looks fairly competitive. At 411 litres, it’s better than the Kamiq’s but not as capacious as the Puma’s.
Standard safety kit is fairly comprehensive, including lane-keeping assistance and an automatic emergency braking (AEB) system that can spot cyclists and pedestrians as well as cars in order to avoid a collision when the car is pulling out of a junction. There’s also a driver attention warning system on all trim levels, although blindspot monitoring and rear AEB aren't standard on all versions.
There’s a choice of three petrol engines in the Bayon: 99bhp and 118bhp turbocharged 1.0-litre T-GDi three-cylinder units, and a 1.2-litre four-cylinder.
Forty-eight-volt mild hybrid technology that promises to boost efficiency and performance is optional on the lower powered 1.0-litre engine and standard on the larger capacity one.
Cars with the mild hybrid technology have three driving modes: Eco, Normal and Sport, which alter the engine response and steering to suit different driving situations.
The Bayon is the first Hyundai SUV to come with ‘rev-matching’, a feature more usually seen on high-performance models. Available on cars with the 1.0-litre T-GDi engine and the six-speed manual gearbox, the system enables smoother, sportier downshifts to be made.
A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is available with all three engines, while the only manual gearbox option with the 1.2-litre engine is a five-speed.
Prices are expected to start at around £18,000, putting the Bayon in line with value rivals that include the Kia Stonic (£18,445) and the Kamiq (£18,370). This would make it quite a bit cheaper than the class-leading Puma, which is priced from £22,040.
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