New Hyundai Bayon compact SUV: specifications, engines and dimensions

Hyundai Bayon revealed as a Ford Puma-rivalling small SUV with efficient engines, lots of tech and a striking exterior design

James Allen
Mar 31, 2021

Hyundai has made a habit of giving drastically different designs to its recent cars, with the striking Hyundai Tucson family SUV and the angular electric Hyundai Ioniq 5 looking completely different. It’s no surprise, then, that the new Hyundai Bayon looks unlike anything else in the Korean car maker’s range.

While the rest of the Bayon isn’t as attention grabbing as the exterior, this model does stack up fairly well on paper. Hyundai says the car will be available with a broad selection of safety assists and sophisticated in-car tech, and it claims the Bayon will have practicality on par with the slightly larger Hyundai Kona SUV.

Unlike that car, the Bayon won’t be offered with any fully electric or conventional hybrid engine options. Instead, the Hyundai will only be available with 1.0-litre petrol engines under the bonnet, though thanks to the fuel-saving mild hybrid tech available on some of them, these should be able to return pretty good economy figures.

There’s no word yet on when the new Hyundai Bayon will go on sale, though it’s highly likely the small SUV will be available to order in 2021 with prices to be confirmed at a later stage.

Quick facts

  • 1.0-litre petrol and mild hybrid engines
  • Manual and automatic gearbox options
  • Lots of safety tech available
  • Up to 411 litres of luggage volume
  • Goes on sale in 2021
  • Prices to be confirmed

New Hyundai Bayon engines

Being a small car, the Hyundai Bayon is available with a fitting selection of small petrol engines. All of the engines that you’ll be able to choose are 1.0-litre three-cylinder units - fitted with turbochargers to boost power while offering strong fuel economy - with power coming in at either 100hp or 120hp depending on the version you go for.

Hyundai has confirmed that some of these will be fitted with fuel-saving mild hybrid tech. The system uses a small battery pack and motor-generator unit that aren’t big enough to allow any electric-only driving, but do mean the engine isn’t put under as much stress when accelerating, which in turn slightly reduces the amount of fuel burned by the engine.

Gearbox-wise, all Hyundai Bayons will come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. A seven-speed automatic will also be available, though Hyundai has hinted this will only be offered on the mild hybrid engines.

New Hyundai Bayon specifications and in-car tech

Exact specs for UK cars will be confirmed at a later date, though Hyundai has outlined some of the gadgets and features that will be offered on the new Bayon. While it’s yet to confirm how many of them will be available as standard, Hyundai has said Bayon buyers will be able to have features like a premium sound system, a 10.3-inch touchscreen media system and a digital instrument display that also doubles as a screen for the car’s sat-nav.

A lot of safety features will be offered on the Hyundai Bayon, too. Available equipment will include driver assists that help the driver keep the car in its lane on the motorway, as well as warning systems that alert the driver if there’s another vehicle in their blind spot or if there’s oncoming traffic when they’re reversing out of a parking spot. However, as with the in-car tech, it’s unclear which will come as standard.

New Hyundai Bayon dimensions

Surprisingly, the Hyundai Bayon is barely any different size-wise to Hyundai’s other small SUV offering, the Kona. Hyundai says the Bayon is only 25mm shorter than its bigger brother, and the car has similar drops in other dimensions such as width and height. This means the Bayon should have a decent, if not huge, amount of space inside for passengers.

Where the Bayon is a bit more impressive is cargo capacity. While it again doesn't have the biggest boot for a car of this type, the claimed luggage volume of 411 litres is fairly large for a car this size, and is more than some larger family hatchbacks offer. The Bayon’s boot is also quite a bit larger than the Hyundai Kona’s load area of 374 ltres.

New Hyundai Bayon prices and release date

Hyundai hasn’t yet said when the Bayon will arrive in the UK, though the new small SUV will likely arrive during summer 2021. Likewise, prices haven’t been revealed, though the Bayon will sit somewhere in between the Hyundai i20 supermini and the Kona small SUV - expect entry-level cars to start from around £20,000.


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