Hyundai Bayon: We tested the enemy at the Kona


With an extra personality and above all more contained dimensions and price, the new Hyundai's Bayon is presented as an alternative to models like the Kona. Interesting? The last member to join Hyundai's SUV family until today had been the Kona, in 2017, then completing an interesting range with alternatives of all sizes and prices such as the Tucson, Nexo, and Santa Fe in addition to the aforementioned Kona. The new member of it is called Hyundai Bayon and it is the smallest and most affordable crossover manufactured by the Asian company and also the most affordable.

Below the Kona

The Hyundai Bayon measures 4.18 meters long, 1.78 wide and 1.50 high, a height only slightly lower than the Kona, and also has an equally wide wheelbase: 2.58 meters so that it promises a spacious and practical interior for a car in this segment. Designed by and for the European continent, the Bayon also offers a suspension of good setting and high altitude. In fact, this model has a ground clearance of 18.3 centimeters in its configuration with 17-inch wheels, a fact that must be taken into account in the category.

It is true that Bayon and Kona practically overlap in size, but with the Bayon, the brand offers a cheaper model with lower mechanical aspirations since there will be no electrified variants beyond the two 48V mild hybrids that we have been able to drive and that have ECO label. In fact, in the Kona, the 120 horses are considered as access to the model's power range, while the Bayon has an 84-horsepower MPi version and precisely the top-of-the-range version is the one powered by the 120-horsepower engine with DCT automatic transmission, which has a sale price with the promotions currently available around 23,000 euros, 29,000 without them. With an accessible price to the model of 14,290 euros in the case of the 84 horsepower gasoline variant.

On an aesthetic level, the brand's so-called 'Sensuous Sportiness' design language evolves to provide this model with a series of characteristic elements. The front features an air inlet that extends across the entire front of the vehicle, long and narrow daytime running lights separated from the main headlights and the wide grille. With regard to the rear, some pilots with an arrow-shaped light signature, connected by a thin red line, draw attention.

In front of the car, the feeling is that we are facing a 100% urban car and smaller than it really is. In the cabin, elements such as the 10.25-inch digital panel or a multimedia system with an 8 or 10.25-inch touch screen that integrates Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and induction charger for smartphones stand out. In addition, the 2.58 meters of wheelbase allow it to offer a correct interior in terms of dimensions, especially in the front area, also having a 411-liter boot that is notably higher than that of the Kona, which does not reach 380 liters. It is true that the rear seats of the Kona are more spacious and usable.

The equipment of the new Bayon can include climate control, full-led headlights, adaptive cruise control, emergency braking in the city, and numerous driving and parking assistants.

General characteristics of the Hyundai Bayon

  • Length: 4.18 meters

  • Width: 1.78 meters

  • Height: 1.50 meters

  • Battle: 2.58 meters

  • Weight: 1,120 kilos

  • Luggage compartment: 411 / 1,205 liters

  • Engines: 1.2 MPi 84 CV and 1.0 T-GDI 48V (100 and 120 CV)

  • Changes: Manual 5 or 6 speeds; 7-speed DCT automatic

  • Price: between 19,450 and 29,020 euros

Driving test

At the wheel the ergonomics are very good, with two large screens; the first of 10.25 inches that serves as a watch box and that allows different designs depending on the selected driving mode and the second, the multimedia center of the same size - 8 inches is standard - and that allows us to handle all the automation of the car, although as usual everything related to the air conditioning is duplicated in an area with buttons exclusively for this purpose in the middle area of ​​the console.

The result is a comfortable driving position, with excellent visibility thanks to its height and very 'friendly' handling thanks to the general simplicity, including traditional lever handbrake and manual or automatic gear change with conventional size lever. Despite the correct general quality, it is true that we perceive something more quality in recent launches of the brand such as the Tucson or the Kona itself; a perception reached by the abundance of hard plastics although with very firm and millimeter adjustments.

Mechanically, the range of engines is made up of four options; two conventional 84 and 100 horsepower petrol and two 100 and 120 mild hybrids, which combine a 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine with small electrical support that serves to reduce the car's consumption by feeding certain high-consumption organs and helping us slightly in specific moments such as acceleration, although in no case does it move the car alone, in this way we have access to the much sought-after ECO label. Except for the 84-horsepower block, which has a five-speed manual transmission, the other options are available with both the new iMT six-speed manual transmission and the DCT dual-clutch automatic.

At the wheel of the Bayon, we have been struck by the car's agility in the city, its natural environment. It is one of those fast and precise driving cars thanks mainly to its steering and instant thrust, always speaking of the 120 horsepower petrol version, which was the one we were able to drive during contact. We have three driving modes that mainly affect the direction, the management of the change, and the engine thrust. Our elevated position and the aforementioned general agility of touch make it a true city 'mouse', both when walking around and when parking, with a balanced and well-calibrated suspension that neutralizes body inclinations or rebounds, although with a slightly firm setting. That shows excess speed bumps and irregularities of the road, something common in this type of urban SUV body.

Range and prices

Since the Bayon is primarily a European product, Hyundai decided to name it after a city on the Old Continent, the capital of the French Basque Country: Bayonne. Over the past 20 years, the Asian company has frequently been inspired by locations around the world to generate some of the best-known names among SUVs. These include not only Tucson and Santa Fe, which are named after cities in the states of Arizona and New Mexico respectively, but also Kona, whose name is derived from the Kona district on the Big Island of Hawaii. Even the company's only model powered by a fuel cell, that is, the Nexo., has a geographical connection, taking its name from Nexø, one of the largest cities on the popular Danish island of Bornholm.

On its arrival on the market, it is the main rivals to the Kia Stonic, Seat Arona, or Renault Captur, among others. The price range goes from 19,490 euros for the 84 horsepower gasoline version to 29,020 for the 120 horsepower 1.0 48V DCT, prices at which about 5,500 euros will have to be discounted in case of applying the current monthly campaigns and the financing discount.

  • Hyundai Bayon 1.2 MPi 84 CV: From 16,490 euros

  • Hyundai Bayon 1.0 T-GDi 100 CV: From 17,490 euros

  • Hyundai Bayon 1.0 T-GDi 100 CV 48V: From 21,315 euros

  • Hyundai Bayon 1.0 T-GDi 100 CV 48V 7DCT: From 21,805 euros

  • Hyundai Bayon 1.0 T-GDi 120 CV 48V 7DCT: From 26,020 euros

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