While the Kona has a particularly rich range of engines, thermal, gasoline and diesel, hybrids and even electric, this Bayon is satisfied with gasoline blocks. Clearly more affordable than its big brother, more technological, this newcomer, specially developed for the European market, faces its innumerable competitors who are the Citroën C3 Aircross, Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur and other Ford Puma, Nissan Juke, Opel Crossland, Seat Arona, Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T -Cross. Note that it replaces the Active version of the i-20 that it is, in the long term, also called to supplant.
Besides his surname which pays tribute to the capital of the Basque country, this Bayon (ne) plays the card of seduction with a design with sharp lines which gives it a real dynamism and false airs of a small Volvo XC … The result is a real personality, which sets it apart from other Hyundai SUVs and many of its competitors. In the segment average, its 4.18 m long only give back 2 small centimeters to its big brother the Kona. It is however hardly less livable and even benefits from a larger trunk, with 411 liters, expandable to more than 1,200 liters once the rear files are folded down, 40/60. One of the largest in the segment, alongside those of the C3 Aircross, Juke and Crossland.
Inherited from the i-20, its dashboard emphasizes a beautiful perceived quality and serious adjustments even if the plastics remain hard from the cellar to the attic. The instrumentation is entirely digital with a 10.25 ” meter block and a multimedia touch screen of the same format (the basic finishes being satisfied with an 8 ” screen). Driving position, adjustable, and ergonomics are flawless.
The small 3-cylinder turbo-gasoline, micro-hybrid 48 volts, with freewheel mode at deceleration, snorts in silence to then show a great vitality given its small displacement (998 cm3) and its modest power (100 hp). Its secret lies in a maximum torque available from 1,500 rpm and a contained weight (just over 1,100 kg). Our test version was also perfectly supported by a robotic dual-clutch transmission, particularly efficient once the sport mode was selected. Special mention to its sobriety, with an average of 6.5 liters per 100 km during our test. We just regretted, on the small roads of the Strasbourg Green Mountain, the absence of paddles at the wheel.
Especially since its chassis, closely derived from that of the i-20, is revealed extremely rigorous despite the presence of a semi-rigid rear axle. With its weight contained and its judiciously calibrated damping, it enjoys a neutral and very balanced behavior highlighted, on our test model, by 17 ” rims – offering in the process a generous ground clearance of more than 18 cm – very catchy Continental EcoContact 6 pavements, especially on wet roads. A pneumatic assembly which however arouses a tad of firmness without compromising a good level of cushioning comfort, supported by seats offering good support. If we add a very successful mechanical soundproofing, barely disturbed by a few aerodynamic noises on the motorway, the comfort balance is also favorable, even if we stay far from that of a C3 Aircross, particularly soft. it is true.
On the endowment side, in good Korean, this Bayon receives a host of standard equipment. These include emergency braking with detection of pedestrians and cyclists, a very efficient lane keeping system, a blind spot warning, a drowsiness detector, adaptive cruise control coupled with GPS, reading of signs . And, on the comfort side, a smartphone interface with diary function and induction charger, voice recognition, or even a Bose Premium 8 HP audio system.
Added to this is a rather aggressive price positioning, with an entry-level model for less than € 18,000 (with a classic 84 hp 4-cylinder, 5-speed manual gearbox). As for our 1.0-liter 3-cylinder, it is available from € 20,150 or € 22,300 with a 6-speed gearbox, the DCT7 robotic transmission being charged only € 300 more on the second trim level. Note, however, that our trial version, in the most upscale finish, Executive, is exchanged for € 27,600 …
If apart from its original design and its long-term warranty (5 years), this Bayon does not revolutionize the segment, it nonetheless offers a remarkable homogeneity which makes it a real competitor in the very competitive segment of small SUVs. urban.
- Very rigorous behavior
- Engine-gearbox approval
We like less
- Some air noises on the highway
- No paddle shifters on the steering wheel
- Petrol engines exclusively
Tested version: € 27,600
Starting at: € 23,600
Average manufacturer consumption / average test (l / 100 km): nc / 6.5
CO2/bonus : nc
Fiscal power: 5 CV
Country of Manufacture: Turkey
Gasoline: 84 to 100 hp, 17,850 to 27,600 €
Engine: 3-cylinder, 12-valve, direct petrol injection, turbo, 998 cm3, stop & start + 48-volt starter-alternator, DPF, chain distribution
Transmission: traction, robotized with 7-speed dual clutch
Power (hp @ rpm): 100 to 4,500
Torque (Nm at rpm): 17.6 at 1,500
Weight (kg): 1,145
Long.xlarg.xhaut. (m) : 4,18×1,77×1,50
Wheelbase (m): 2.58
Tank: 40 liters
Max speed (km / h): 180 km / h
0-100 km/h: 11.7 ”
Standard tires: 205/55 R 17
Test tires: Continental EcoContact 6
Chest at 5 / at 2 (l): 411/1 205
RECOMMENDED OPTIONS (only one …)
Metallic paint (550 €)
Citroën C3 Aircross PT 130 Eat6, 130 hp, from 23,750 €
Peugeot 2008 PT 130 Eat8, 130 hp, from € 26,200
Renault Captur 1.3 TCe 140 EDC, 140 hp, from € 25,550
Ford Puma 1.0 Ecoboost 125 DCT7, 125 hp, from € 25,300
VW T-Cross 1.0 TSi 110 DSG7, 110 hp, from € 25,325
((Seat Arona 1.0 EcoTSi 110 DSG, 110 hp, from € 22,700))
Opel Crossland 1.2 turbo 130 auto, 130 hp, from € 25,065
Nissan Juke 1.0 DIG-T 117 DCT, 117 hp, from 23,890 €
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