(By Tom Lohnes) – At what point does a Crossover get so small it becomes a lifted hatchback? I would say the line isn’t in the realm of size, but rather being 2WD-only. Hyundai is a now a fully established automaker in America and they’d like to challenge that line with the miniscule Bayon “Crossover”.
Basically a replacement for the forgettable Venue, the Bayon is a small, slow, hatchback with a lift and some clever marketing to make it seem rugged. Styling wise, it’s a love-hate thing. I like the gloss black panel situated on the rear liftgate, but dislike basically everything else about it. Move inside however, and you will find a far better place to be than any of the Bayon’s competition, with a digital gauge cluster, a 12.0-inch touchscreen, and some quirky body-color touches. Under the hood is the same 1.6-liter Inline-4 we’ve seen in the Venue, this time hooked up to a 6-speed auto rather than a CVT.
So, the Bayon, is a small, affordable “Crossover” Aimed at people who need the high-up seating position, tough styling, and whatever else a Crossover owner may need. Pricing for the Bayon starts at $20,000 flat, so it is affordable, if a bit dull.