Dhe Korean automakers manage to amaze again and again. Sometimes you get a huge amount of car for your money, sometimes an unusual design. With the Bayon, Hyundai even succeeds in rounding off its range with extremely sharp edges. The model, the name is based on the French city of Bayonne, is intended to close a gap that, apart from the manufacturer, hardly anyone has discovered. It is based on the i20 and is thus the smallest SUV in the range, at least in appearance, because four-wheel drive is not available. The Bayon is, however, a good deal larger than its sister model, it almost reaches the dimensions of the Kona, which was previously the smallest crossover on offer.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; objectively, the Bayon is eccentric in shape. At the front, the Hyundai four-eyes principle is immediately noticeable, the slot-shaped daytime running lights are a hand’s breadth above the headlights, so you don’t really know which eye you want to stare at first. At the side it is reminiscent of a riving knife, from the back of the block of wood into which it was driven. At the stern we have to linger a little and admire the trick with the kink. Below the window, the flap continues in black and simulates a large glass surface. When you look in the rear-view mirror, it is clear that sheet metal is not transparent.