Hyundai Bayon review

The Hyundai Bayon is a fantastic city runaround, but it does lag behind the pack for practicality

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What's good

  • Excellent around town
  • Lots of kit as standard
  • Decent rear passenger space

What's not so good

  • Tiny boot
  • Interior feels cheap in places
  • Boring interior colours too

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Is the Hyundai Bayon a good car?

When it comes to dinky SUVs, you’re pretty spoilt for choice. You’ve got the likes of the Ford Puma, Nissan Juke, VW T-Cross and many others. Now, there’s another to consider — the Hyundai Bayon.

You can imagine the Hyundai Bayon a bit like a pair of Crocs. Beneath the funky styling is a car that’s trying to nail the basics of being a practical, sensible daily runaround.

There’s a lot to unpack with the design of the Bayon. Its thin daytime running light and bulbous headlight combo is eye-catching, and the huge grille almost makes it look as though it’s yawning.

You can have yours with a funky two-tone roof if you’d like, while 16-inch alloys come fitted as standard. That said, if you go for one of the higher-spec models, you’ll get larger 17-inch rims instead. You’ll spot boomerang-ish brake lights at the back, with a gloss black panel back there too, no matter your choice of roof.

Things inside the Hyundai Bayon aren’t quite as abstract, but it looks nice enough.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t feel that great — with a lot of scratchy plastics throughout. Though the build quality is generally good, a VW T-Cross feels way more solid.

You should find the driving position of the Hyundai Bayon suits you nicely, however. You sit high up, but not so much that you feel like you’re behind the wheel of a bus, and there’s plenty of adjustability for the seats and steering wheel.

An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system comes as standard. Premium models and upwards get you a fancier 10.25-inch system, which is the one you’ll want if you have a penchant for tech.

Underneath the wacky looks of the Bayon is a car that’s nice and sensible when you’re running around town.

Mat Watson
Mat Watson
carwow expert

The system itself is nothing too special, but it does the basics well and is pretty responsive. If you’d rather plug your phone in, both versions of the infotainment system support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for no extra cost.

No matter your pick of Hyundai Bayon, you’ll get a crisp digital driver’s display feeding you key driving info. Again, nothing too fancy — but it does its job nicely.

Your passengers in the back will be pretty grateful for your choice of car. The Bayon offers a decent amount of leg and headroom in the back, though there’s quite a hump on the floor so it’ll be tight for three in the back.

With 334 litres of boot space, the Bayon is far from the most practical in its class. A Ford Puma gives you 456 litres for example, and the Skoda Kamiq 400 litres. However, the opening itself is squared off and easy to load stuff into.

You can have a 100hp or 120hp engine with the Bayon, as well as the choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox. Hyundai claims up to 53.3mpg, but you can expect to get around 45mpg in reality.

The Bayon is most at home around town. Hyundai i20 underpinnings shine through here — offering light steering that manages to not be overly soft, and suspension that’s comfy enough without shaking you like jelly.

It’s reasonable fun on a back road too, though if sheer driving pleasure is high on your list, a Puma is the way to go.

If you’re keen on a well-kitted urban runabout, the Hyundai Bayon is worth considering. It does lack practicality, but if you can sacrifice space there’s a lot to like about it. Take a look at the latest deals available through carwow.

How practical is it?

Despite its small stature, there’s plenty of space for your passengers in the back of the Bayon. Boot space is a bit limited, though

Boot (seats up)
321 litres
Boot (seats down)
1,115 litres

From the outside at least, your passengers might take a look at your Hyundai Bayon and expect a pretty tightly-packed journey.

However, they’ll be delighted to know there’s an impressive amount of space in the back. There’s lots of headroom and you can stretch your legs out quite nicely too.

If you’re taking three adults anywhere though, it’s going to get quite tight. There’s a large hump in the floor that eats up quite a bit of foot space, so there’ll be a fair bit of treading on toes happening.

The Hyundai Bayon doesn’t revolutionise interior storage space, but it’s decent enough. You’ve got door bins that’ll swallow some large bottles easily, as well as some decent cupholders in the centre console.

You’ve got a bit of extra space under the armrest too, and a slot for your phone just in front of the gearstick.

If you’re looking for sheer boot space, you’re best off looking at some alternatives to the Hyundai Bayon. Its 334 litres pales in comparison to the likes of the Ford Puma at 456 litres, and the Skoda Kamiq at 400 litres.

It’s easy enough to load things in and out of though, thanks to its square shape and relatively minor boot lip. You can lift the floor up to reveal more space, but this is taken up by the engine’s mild-hybrid battery pack so you won’t want to store anything there.

What's it like to drive?

A pokey set of engines give the Hyundai Bayon enough performance to make it very easy to live with. Fuel economy is only average at best, though.

Powering the Hyundai Bayon is a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine, with the pick of 100hp or 120hp.

Both engines can be paired with the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic, though power is sent to the front wheels either way.

It’s nice to have that extra power from the 120hp car, but there’s plenty of poke in the 100hp car — especially if you’re mostly using your Bayon around town.

Hyundai claims up to 53.3mpg for the Bayon, though you’ll more likely get around 45mpg in the real world. Nothing to shout about too much, but it’s not bad.

If you’re planning to spend most of your time with the Hyundai Bayon in town, you’ll be pleased to hear it’s very well suited for it.

There’s a nice balance in the steering being light enough to make manoeuvres easy, but not so much so that you’ll feel like you’re captaining a ship on stormy seas. Combined with quite supple suspension, you’re in for a relaxed ride.

For the thrill-seekers though, you’ll want to look elsewhere. It’s not exactly a fun car to thrash down a quiet back road – the Ford Puma’s just a lot better in that regard.

What's it like inside?

Though the outside of the Hyundai Bayon is quite out-there, it’s a lot more conventional (and perhaps even a little boring) on the inside

Hyundai Bayon colours

Special metallic - Elemental brass
Special solid - Atlas white
From £300
Metallic - Aqua turquoise
From £550
Metallic - Sleek silver
From £550
Pearl - Aurora Grey
From £550
Pearl - Dragon Red
From £550
Pearl - Intense blue
From £550
Pearl - Mangrove green
From £550
Pearl - Phantom black
From £550
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