You can virtually pronounce it as you like: with the accent on o, a little more French; or in English, ‘Beyon’. However Hyundai Bayon is a car that at first impression leaves the driver no further uncertainties. It is a solid car, considering that it will compete in an entry bracket of the cheaper SUV B segment; appears to be suitable for those who need a car that does theirs, as they say. It can consume little with a gentle ride of the mild hybrid, and without tearing; has a safety equipment at the height; it is as practical as all the latest Hyundai. Unlike other cars in the segment, however, it has a more elegant stylistic signature, which would be worth the place, possibly, in a higher range.
In the test we carried out on a mixed route, with fast roads, traffic lights and some ups and downs, Bayon has proven to be easy to handle and above all comfortable. Better to avoid jerks in the driving style if you do not want to increase the consumption of petrol too much, considering that you are not aboard a small car: in particular the car seems to suffer from speed in eco mode rather than the winding sloping roads faced. in sport mode (also thanks to Rev Matching which automatically adjusts the engine speed when the driver shifts from a higher to a lower gear). The iMT transmission decouples the engine from the transmission when the driver releases the accelerator, allowing the vehicle to proceed in coasting mode, that is, to sail: very useful for saving fuel ‘without effort’.
Among the strengths of the tested version there is certainly comfort, now a distinctive feature of the Hyundai currently on the list. The seat is comfortable and the controls are close at hand, with the classic cruise control which helps a lot to follow the many speed limits that distinguish the Italian roads. From this point of view, the car is certainly ideal for those approaching the SUV segment for the first time, as well as for those families who have concrete daily needs. The trunk in this sense proves sufficiently large in relation to the segment to which it belongs.
A positive note is certainly the design. The car is particularly appreciated in the front, with elegant headlights that in a certain sense contrast with the sense of practicality that is experienced inside. However, given that often in dealerships the suit is the monk, this could be a strong point of the Bayon should there be a comparison with other similar cars. Don’t underestimate the fact that the Bayon is a sort of link between i20 and Kona; with the first it shares the floor and with the second the more refined aesthetics. Of course it doesn’t have the sprint of some N or N Line relatives, but in the city it should be enough.
Hyundai Kona, a week at 48 V: the mild-hybrid test
The tested car is worth 27 thousand euros: it is a Bayon 1.0 T-GDI 48V iMT 100 CV Xclass; the value without the optional included, namely the mica paint, the safety & tech pack and the contrasting roof, is 24,050 euros. The range starts from 19,400, and in bonus time it can be a great deal considering that emissions in the combined WLTP are between 118 and 125 g / km, well below the limit set by the incentive bands.
The car, we recall, has the measures 4,180 x 1,775 x 1,490 meters; it has a digital cluster and an AVN screen both of 10.25 inches; Bluelink functionality is one of the most useful services for the digital vehicle experience. From the standpoint of driving assistance, the Bayon range features the main ‘Adas’ that are also found on Kona and other Hyundai vehicles, including pedestrian and bicycle recognition, automatic high beams and intelligent speed control in relation to the limits.