One year after its launch on the Italian market, the new Korean SUV expands its offer by adding a new LPG engine to petrol and mild hybrid. A new set-up called XTech will also make its debut. The test among the winding roads of Franciacorta
In an automotive world that is increasingly oriented towards electrification, there are still manufacturers who decide to keep alternative engines within their range, aimed at a slice of customers who are still firmly aiming at these technologies. This is the case of Hyundai Bayon, the B-Suv of the Korean house which, one year after its launch on the Italian market, is enriched with a new combined petrol / LPG engine alongside the already present petrol and mild hybrid. A new entry level specification is also making its debut, the XTech, dedicated to those who choose the new dual-fuel engine. Driving the decision to focus on LPG, say in Hyundai, was a market trend that has seen the demand for cars with this fuel increase in the last year, passing from 4 to 6% of the market in just one year (April 2021 – April 2022). A trend dictated both by the recent increase in petrol and diesel, and by a need linked to those who still travel several kilometers with their car. Here is the behavior of the new Bayon Gpl in the winding roads of Franciacorta.
HYUNDAI BAYON lpg, HOW IT’S MADE: exterior
418 cm long, 177 wide and 150 cm high, the Bayon is rightfully placed in the B-Suv segment, that category of compact “high-wheeled” cars suitable for multiple uses: from urban to extra-urban. The design is certainly impactful, with a very personal and at times futuristic front in which the slim projectors arranged on two levels stand out, a solution conceptually shared with its sister Kona. In the center, a large grille painted in contrast with the bodywork shows an intertwining texture that gives it personality and streamlines the line. The sides are moved, with veins that make it muscular without appearing heavy, all connected with a rear that collects a stylistic line shared with the rest of the range. Interesting is the cut of the rear headlights which, unlike the i20 with which it shares the floor, are vertically developed and connected by a thin line that frames the rear window and the lower part that maintains contrasting paintwork as on the front. The model under test is fitted with 16 “alloy wheels with black painted wheel arches, a solution available in the XLine trim level. The overall design appears coherent, bold and distinctive, an essential element to differentiate itself from the intense competition in the segment.
HYUNDAI BAYON LPG, HOW IT’S MADE: interior
Inside stand out several elements shared with the sister to “low wheels” i20, an essential and rational design – perhaps too much – which allows you to easily find your driving position. The two digital screens – standard on the XLine and XClass configurations – stand out – a well thought-out solution with the infotelematics system placed slightly above the line of the instrumentation, a way that allows the driver not to be distracted from driving. Physicists i commands of the climate, incorporated at the bottom and separated from the screen by the ventilation outlets. The design of the steering wheel is original where the controls are placed to manage the infotainment settings and customize the instrument panel, the latter simple to read. The space at the rear is not excessive, but two people travel comfortably and, with some sacrifices caused by the central tunnel, they can also accommodate a third passenger. For what concern trunk I am 393 liters of capacity, 18 liters less than the petrol twin but 72 liters more than the mild hybrid. They deserve a separate mention i seats, comfortable and surprisingly containing that give a relaxed ride even when facing mixed roads and mountain bends. Overall, the passenger compartment is concrete and complete in its components. There is no shortage of sockets (both Usb and Usb-C) and compartments for cramming objects such as wallets or keys. In the sample of the test there is also the induction charger for smartphones.
Hyunday bayon: the engine
Under the bonnet of the Bayon there is a 4-cylinder in-line with 1,197 cc of displacement, an engine capable of delivering 81.8 hp. Specifically, the engine – shared with the i20 – uses dual petrol / LPG fueling, a combination that, according to the company’s data, allows it to cover a distance of more than 650 km using gas only, an achievable figure. also thanks to the 47 liters of the tank. If, on the other hand, we consider a combined petrol / LPG mileage, the range increases up to 1,300 km with both tanks full. This is remarkable data which, in addition to reducing fuel consumption, helps to contain CO2 emissions. Finally, all this is combined with a 5-speed manual gearbox that is pleasant to use thanks to strong engagement and a not excessively long stroke.
HYUNDAY BAYON: how are you doing
The roads that run along Lake Iseo and the surroundings of Franciacorta have been the test bench for Bayon Gpl, a 60 km route that mainly unraveled on secondary suburban roads – about 80% of the route – but which allowed for also address urban sections. The driving style adopted is touristic, with frequent use of low gears due to traffic and the shape of the roads. After selecting the LPG power supply from the button located at the bottom left of the steering wheel, we began to appreciate the thrust of the four cylinders, perfectly at ease on flat stretches. Acceleration is not lightning-fast – according to the survey, the Bayon sprints from 0 to 100 km / h in 14 seconds – but delivery is fluid and is supported by a precise and comfortable five-speed manual gearbox. However, if in the flat the engine does not show any yielding, it is in the uphill that the Bayon shows some gaps, where one is very often forced to play with the gearbox and to rev up to be able to tackle hairpin bends or slow-moving sections. At these moments the sound of the four-cylinder enters the passenger compartment with force, which however is not necessarily a defect. But it is on the consumption side that the B-Suv flexes its muscles. During our journey, in fact, the on-board computer recorded an average total consumption of 5.8 l / 100 km, almost 18 km per liter, with peaks of 7 l / 100 km in urban sections. This is a very positive figure, especially if we consider the type of route, at times faced with a heated climate. As far as driving dynamics are concerned, emphasis must also be placed on the suspension system. Hyundai technicians have worked by adapting the suspension system of the i20 to an SUV: the result is a neutral set-up on the roughness of the road but surprising when cornering, where the roll is quite contained.
HYUNDAY BAYON: conclusions and prices
On the Bayon, Hyundai has chosen to embrace the demand of a market which, although not extensive, requires a car with normal performance but with extremely low running costs. The decision to adopt an LPG engine is, in fact, almost unique in a market where the main rivals are the Renault Captur and its cousin Kia Stonic. Bayon LPG therefore represents a valid choice for those who prefer low consumption to performance, without giving up a product with a fresh design and highly respectable technology, both in terms of internal components and driving aids. In the new XTech base set-up, the Hyundai Bayon Gpl starts from 20,100 eurosin connection with eco-incentives and discounts, while they are needed 21,850 euros for the XLine version, in our opinion the best choice for standard equipment.
Hyundai bayon: strengths and weaknesses
- Preparation: with the exception of the basic set-up, if you opt for the XLine or XClass options, you will take home a complete product with an extremely limited list of options that does not cause the price to rise too much.
- Comfort: the Bayon surprises above all for the suspension compartment, neutral on the paved or bumpy sections, rigid enough to prevent the SUV from “lying down” laterally when cornering. In this, the containment seats are an extra ally and a pleasant surprise.
- Consumption: the petrol / LPG combination is an ally on medium and long distances. The ability to tackle more than 1,000 km without having to stop at the distributor is now a rarity.
- XTech set-up: debuts together with the new LPG engine but appears excessively thin in terms of standard elements.
- Internal plastics: the interior has a rational appearance but could have been done better on some elements such as the plastic door handles or some elements of the dashboard.
- Recovery: the LPG engine is a bit in crisis in the uphill sections where you are forced to downshift often to tackle the sections with more inclines. Performance is not his strong point but it would be wrong to claim the opposite.
Hyundai Bayon Gpl: technical sheet
- Motor: 4 cylinders in line, 16 Dohc valves; displacement: 1,197 cc; fuel: petrol / LPG.
- Power: petrol: 61.8 kW (84 hp) at 6,000 rpm – LPG: 59.7 kW (81.8 hp) at 6,195 rpm.
- Couple: petrol: 120 Nm at 4,200 rpm – LPG: 109.4 Nm at 4,255 rpm.
- Reservoir: petrol 40 l; LPG 47 l.
- Exchange: 5-speed manual.
- Performance: maximum speed: 165 km / h; acceleration: 0-100 km / h 13.5 seconds
- Dimensions: length: 418cm, width: 177cm, height: 150cm
- Consumption declared as petrol: 5,483 – 5,706 l / 100 km (combined average cycle Wltp).
- Consumption declared Gpl: 6.9 – 7.2 l / 100 km (combined average cycle Wltp).
- Price: from 20,100 euros (applicable eco-incentives).
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