Road Test Review: Hyundai BAYON Ultimate

Independent review by Bill McCarthy

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Road Test: Hyundai BAYON Ultimate

Explore the key features of the Hyundai BAYON Ultimate in our expert road test review

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The Hyundai BAYON Ultimate offers safety, a smart design and top of the range technology.


  • Lots of safety equipment
  • Good acceleration
  • Smart interior design
  • Spacious
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Hyundai's BAYON Ultimate can be described as smart and functional. It offers top end features usually found on more expensive cars, in other words, you can have a premium feeling car for a more accessible price.

Navigation is comfortable, easy, and personalised provided by Hyundai's latest technology that allows wireless charging connection between your smartphone and infotainment system and a Bose sound system.

Powertrain and Performance

The SE Connect 1.0 T-GDI 99bhp 6-speed 48V mild hybrid includes a comprehensive specification that just gets better as you move up the range from Premium to the Ultimate spec driven here.

You aren't spoiled for engine choice. A single 3-cylinder petrol engine with 1.0-litre T-GDi engine with 48V mild hybrid technology is available with either 118 or 99bhp.

The 118bhp unit in this case was mated to a 6-speed transmission. Both are economical, with the tested model here delivering around 52mpg.

It also features three drive modes to optimise the engine response and steering performance offering a sedate, to a more sporty drive
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Hitting 62mph in just over 10.0 seconds, it is not particularly rapid, but the mild hybrid delivers additional torque during acceleration, while the rasp of the 3-cylinder engine in the background under acceleration, it feels quicker.

On the road, the 118bhp engine has plenty of torque and decent initial acceleration.

Despite its SUV designation, it feels stable on corners, while the ride is generally comfortable.

Design and Practicality

It does have a distinctive look – with angular body lines and the front featuring a deep, wide patterned grille and triangular-shaped light clusters.

These sit below a slim air intake incorporating smart daytime running lights.

Neat finishing touches include 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails and spoiler and body-coloured bumpers.

To the rear, it features a unique arrow design incorporating full LED lights and indicators.

The interior is smart, functional and offers some top end features usually found on more expensive cars.

It features high-quality fabric seats with easy access and offers a commanding driving position.

In practical terms, at 4,180mm long, 1,775mm wide, and 1,490mm tall, passengers have pretty good head and legroom for a vehicle of these dimensions.

In addition, the 411 litres of boot space increases to a maximum of 1,206, which is spacious for a car of this size.

Equipment and Technology

Hyundai claims a best-in-class digital cockpit and top-line infotainment features, which includes a Bose sound system together with ambient lighting and wireless charging.

The central point for the SUV is a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel and a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, which can accommodate wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Owners can also create user profiles using the BlueLink smartphone app, see where they’ve parked the car and remotely unlock it, and display events on the navigation screen.

One of the two front USB ports also allows data transfer, enabling occupants to connect their phone to the vehicle’s infotainment system.

It is packed with safety equipment, which include Hyundai SmartSense safety features like Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), High Beam Assist (HBA), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian and cyclist detection and Junction Turning, Driver Attention Warning (DAW).

The infotainment system is highly customisable and provides a personal and exclusive feel to the driver. Navigation is much easier when you connect your phone to the system.

BAYON Ultimate has three drive modes that will help improve your car's performance.


The Hyundai BAYON Ultimate is the SUV to go for if you're looking to upgrade to a spacious, hi-tech vehicle with several safety equipment that will keep you and your family comfortable and safe.