Review Hyundai Nexo 2018
The 2018 Hyundai Nexo is the brand’s first serious attempt at making people consider hydrogen a fuel for the future.
Admittedly, Hyundai has been awkward with hydrogen fuel cell vehicles: the first production version, the ix35 FCEV, was launched in 2013 – but the all-new 2018 Hyundai Nexo, improved, safer and purposefully built for its mission.
What is that mission? Use hydrogen to generate electricity and only produce water as a by-product. It will arrive in Australia in 2019, but refueling infrastructure could be the main problem with Nexo – I say because the car is really impressive.
Oh, prices can also be a concern …
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 6/10
This could be a problem for the Hyundai Nexo. There is no set price in Australia yet, but we think the asking price could be up to $ 85,000, plus on-road costs.
That would make this closer to the BMW X5 territory, and I know a lot of people prefer a nice German luxury SUV on their driveway rather than a relatively unknown amount. But then, again, early adopters may be willing to spend money … as long as they have access to the loading station.
Hyundai has struck a deal with the ACT government to get 20 examples of Nexo to get started, and we hope a few good government agencies and corporations can do that too.
Full specifications are also set to confirm for Australia, but we expect buyers / tenants to receive a wide range of equipment for their money, including comprehensive safety kit, public transport system High tech standards and more.
It is possible that the average Joe or Joanne would not be able to prove this to be a private purchase, but the fleet buyer may be the main customer in its infancy, nonetheless in Australia.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
It seems the future, if you ask me. This is perhaps the most convincing and convincing application in Hyundai’s new grille design, with LED daytime running lights above, LED headlights below and an LED bar running the width of the front to It helps to have a super sensible appearance on the entire front of the vehicle.
In profile, it’s a bit of a Mercedes – there’s not much in the way of the surface, and that’s a good thing: it looks like it was created to cut through the air like a good blade. The retractable door handle – a la Tesla – is another nice touch.
At the back, it’s a little less convincing, with LED taillights clearly looking reminiscent of what you found on eBay in 2014 when you searched for “aftermarket taillights”. But I really like the way the D-pillars are handled, like a more convincing version of the Lexus RX.
The interior isn’t as high-tech as you would expect: sure, there are two sharp screens sitting on the driver’s front panel, but there’s also a bunch of buttons below on the center stack.
They are really well placed and while some may criticize Hyundai for not wanting to be overloaded with full screens like some competitors, I applaud this design. It is functional, even if it is not funky.
It’s hard to judge the dimensions of the Nexo from the outside – it looks quite compact, but with its dimensions 4670mm long, 1860mm wide and 1630mm high, it’s not too far from the current Hyundai Santa Fe (4700mm long, 1880mm wide and 1690mm high)
These are not seven seats, but there are some excellent packaging techniques under Nexo’s metal.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
I said that was the brilliance of the packaging, but if you stepped out of a Hyundai Tucson – smaller than this car – you might think you’ve stolen the cabin room.
That’s because there are three 52.2-liter hydrogen tanks below the car’s floor in the back (total: 156.6L). Add to that a battery under the boot floor and a few hundred kilograms of fuel cell under the bonnet.
If you don’t look at the X-ray diagram of the car, you might think it is a beautiful stand alone space in the cockpit. But the truth is, it’s packed up spectacularly: Hyundai claims boot space with the rear seats folded flat is a huge 860L (VDA).
They didn’t provide a seated number, but we thought it was no more than 450L – though, the great company prioritized practice rather than cut costs (which means cutting space. cabin more).
The cabin also looks premium, and that’s despite the fact – or perhaps because of the fact – it has a range of different materials used. There are “eco-friendly” materials used, like cane and bamboo, and it doesn’t feel cheap … but it doesn’t feel as perfect as the BMW i3.
However, there’s still a huge 12.3-inch central media screen for all you can imagine – it controls sat nav, media (Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay / Android Auto, USB, radio, even digital TVs) and lets you keep your eyes on the transmission’s detailed parts.
That screen is complemented by a sharp and colorful driver information display so you can track speed, navigation instructions, and other driving data.
What about family-friendly? Well, there’s a bunch of really handy storage points, like a cube under the center console, a single bottle rack between the front seats, two storage compartments in the rear swing armrest and a copy bag. The back – but the slender door pockets are long, slender numbers that were popular 10 years ago and have no calluses on any door.
However, the family-friendly bit is taken care of in other ways: there will be ISOFIX child safety anchors, top points and all the safety stuff you expect. Check out the safety section below to see all.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
Nexo’s battery is rated at 40kWh and the electric motor is claimed to produce 120kW / 395Nm, with an estimated range of 600km.
The power goes to the front wheels via a single speed gearbox.