The South Korean automaker recently revealed it’s smallest B-segment crossover in Europe. In the compact crossover SUV range of Hyundai, there are already Kona, Creta and Venue. This vehicle’s name is inspired by the French capital of Bayonne which is an attractive tourist destination in South-West France. This is a traditional SUV naming ritual of Hyundai.
Hyundai Bayon boasts a combination of energetic yet fuel efficient power units, a compact footprint and various connection facilities. CarSwitch has brought you a detailed review of this vehicle. If you want to sell any car in UAE, check our website for more information.
Dimensions and exterior
So what triggered the automaker to manufacture this car? The vice president of Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe, Andreas-Christoph Hofmann expressed that “As the SUV body type continues growing in popularity throughout the world, Hyundai saw a demand for a model capable of navigating European cities while providing enough space to meet customer’s needs.”
Therefore, this baby SUV by Hyundai Europe is actually a crossover version of the i20 supermini and is smaller than Kona when it comes to size.
However, the Bayon is a lot similar to Kona. For instance, the DRLs, skid plates, a horizontal air intake band and relocated three part main headlights are reminiscent of Kona. It sports a huge grille which opens at the bottom.
The side profile has the same dynamic shoulder (which gives it a wedge shaped appearance), fender with cladding arrow shaped C-pillar which are seen on the new Tucson. All of these details offer a sense of width to Bayon which is great for the proportions. Moreover, they add depth to the silhouette.
At the back side, Bayon is really distinct due to the angular rear door and arrow shaped tail lights. The rear is further improved by the 15 inches wheels whereas 16 or 17 inches alloy wheels are optional. Luc Donckerwolke, who is the Chief Creative Officer at Hyundai Motor Group, praised the look of Hyundai Bayon as:
“Bayon’s unique and confident look, embodied in its strong lines and arrow shaped lights, is expected to establish it as the most unique, outstanding entry in the thriving European B-SUV segment.”
Overall, the appearance boasts an erotic sportiness and superior body language. A total of 9 color schemes are available while some trims have a dual tone combo with a phantom black roof.
Viewed from the inside, the interior is quite identical to i120 and has a similar dashboard design. It has a standard full black cloth upholstery and 2 more color combinations given as an option. Bayon receives the same pair of 10.25 inch touchscreens located in the instrument panel and infotainment system.
However, a smaller 8 inches of center screen is offered as standard in the base variant. The features of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard throughout the lineup whereas USB ports and wireless charging are useful for keeping your gadgets energized in long travels.
Even though it is a compact size, the boot space reaches to about 411 litres. Interior has its own separate 3 internal color schemes so that you can enjoy a personalized cabin space.
The brand new Hyundai Bayon is fueled by a naturally aspirated 1.2 liter petrol engine which delivers 84 horses and a 5-speed manual transmission. For the higher trim levels, they are given a turbocharged 1 liter 3 cylinder engine which pumps out 100 horsepower and a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.
There is also an option to get the 120 horses version of the 3 cylinder engine matched with the mild hybrid system. This is available with either a 7-speed dual clutch automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission.
No matter which powerplant you choose, all Hyundai Bayons are a front wheel drive which automatically lowers the manufacturing expense and complexity. Moreover, it also refines the fuel efficiency and performance.
Wrapping it up
In the global portfolio, the compact crossover SUV is situated above Hyundai Venue and below Hyundai Creta.
As for now, the 2021 Hyundai Bayon is not coming anytime soon to the American Hyundai dealerships.
However, the European customers should expect the first deliveries at the start of the summer. No official announcement regarding the cost has been made either but assumptions are that the starting price will be approximately £18,000. The expected rivals are Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur, Volkswagen T-Cross, Ford Puma, Nissan Juke and a lot more.