Hyundai Bayon review - Reliability and safety
An impressive warranty and plentiful safety tech should give peace of mind
The Hyundai Bayon is a brand-new model that hasn’t been on sale before, so there’s no real reliability data to work with at the moment. Hyundai as a brand has a good reputation for reliability, though its 16th-place finish in our 2021 Driver Power survey was only mid-table.
You do get a five-year warranty on all Hyundais, which shows how confident the company is about its products. It remains to be seen if the Bayon is reliable but we’d make a bet that it will be.
Safety is another strong point. All versions of the Bayon come with autonomous emergency braking (AEB), driver attention alert, emergency call, hill start assist, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, parking sensors and tyre pressure monitoring.
Move up to the top-spec model and you also get blind spot warning, lane follow assist and height-adjustable seatbelts in the front. However, the Bayon received a four-star rating from crash test body Euro NCAP, with rear-occupant chest protection rated as weak.
Hyundai offers an excellent unlimited-mileage five-year warranty on all new cars. You also get a year’s worth of breakdown cover and an anti-rust warranty that covers the car for 12 years.
Hyundai offers fixed-price servicing, which will likely cost around £250 for a full service (you’ll have one of these in a three-year ownership) and £150 for a smaller service (in years one and three of a new car ownership period, unless you cover over 10,000 miles a year).
In this review
- 1Hyundai Bayon reviewThe Hyundai Bayon is a fine small SUV, with striking looks, impressive levels of refinement and useful on-board tech
- 2Engines, performance and driveThere are only two engines, both 1.0-litre petrols with mild hybrid power, but you can choose manual or auto gearboxes
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsMild hybrid tech means the Bayon should be cheap to run
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Bayon’s dramatic exterior looks don’t carry over to the interior, which is a bit drab
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Hyundai Bayon is roomy for a small car, so it’s good for family life
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingAn impressive warranty and plentiful safety tech should give peace of mind