2019 Hyundai Nexo Review – The Future Starts Today
Here is The Review of 2019 Hyundai Nexo. Want to say goodbye to gasoline or diesel cars, but electricity scares you. Here is a third way more exotic: the hydrogen vehicle.
Toyota has already been offering for several months its Mirai sedan. However, it is Hyundai who is a pioneer in this field, since the Korean brand had in its range since March 2015 a fuel cell version of its compact SUV the ix35. So, of course, sales have always been confidential (about a hundred, the vast majority of which are to local authorities or companies), but this allows you to gain experience. Something that does not miss Hyundai. The 2019 Hyundai Nexo is indeed the 6th hydrogen vehicle produced by the brand but only the second available for sale. What benefits from true legitimacy.
Even though hydrogen remains an uncommon energy, Hyundai has not chosen an atypical look for its Nexo, unlike Toyota. The Nexo presents a classic form of SUV. At a length of 4.67 m – the approximate size of an Audi Q5 – it stands out for its headlamp that joins the front headlamps, its retractable door handles like those of a Jaguar i-Pace or Tesla, and “crystal” taillights reminiscent of those of the Lexus of the 90s.
2019 Hyundai Nexo Interior
Inside, the dashboard is very close to the latest Mercedes with a wide cap that includes two screens: a touch dedicated to multimedia measuring 12.3 inches and another 7 inches devoted to instrumentation.
But the most striking is especially the size of the central console. Particularly imposing, it hosts a multitude of buttons, a little like some Porsche with the well-known principle: “a button, a function.” Always disarming at first but the ergonomics is finally rather good afterwards. The only downside is the quality of materials with a lot of hard plastics little rewarding and especially disappointing for a vehicle sold more than 70 000 €. So, of course, Hyundai has tried to compensate by using vegetable leathers and a very pleasant light atmosphere, but that is not enough.
In the rear, the habitability is very interesting whether for two or three people. Too bad it is not the same load volume. The trunk offers a capacity of only 460 liters penalized in addition by a relatively high loading threshold.
2019 Hyundai Nexo Performance on The Road
Now that you have filled the tank – sorry tanks – because there are three (52 liters) located in particular under the trunk, you are ready to devour the road without constraint or almost. The 2019 Hyundai Nexo is announced for a range of 666 km according to the new WLTP standard and even 570 km highway at 130 km / h. What to reassure future buyers.
If the operation of an electric or thermal vehicle is known, it is not the case of that of a hydrogen vehicle. Without going into too much detail, the hydrogen present in the tanks mixes with the air while driving. There is electrolysis. It generates electricity that is used to power the fuel cell and the electric motor housed under the hood. The most observant, however, will note the presence of muffler used to evacuate the water vapor.
The engine of this 2019 Hyundai Nexo develops a power of 163 hp and a torque of 395 Nm, which allows it to reduce the 0 to 100 km / h in 9.2 seconds and reach the maximum speed of 179 km / h. Reasonable performance but much less impressive than that of a 100% electric vehicle and this is undeniable when driving. Although tonic, accelerations are far from sticking to the back of your seat also because of the weight of Nexo which is close to 1.9 tons. Less spectacular but largely sufficient for normal use whether for daily journeys or long distances. Because the strength of this Nexo is its easy grip. No need or almost no adaptation time. Everything is done naturally in the world, as if we had always driven a hydrogen vehicle.
Finally, the main change is the operating silence that prevails aboard the Nexo, as for an electric model. This ease of use also results in a behavior close to the “normal”, that is to say not degraded compared to a thermal. The direction is rather precise, pleasant while the comfort is of good level, even if the agility is clearly not its strong point.
In the end, the Nexo combines the best of both worlds: the best of the electric with the silence of operation and the best of the thermal with the absence of the fear of the dry failure.
2019 Hyundai Nexo Equipment
For this exemplary model, Hyundai decided to hit hard on equipment. One finish but very richly provided.
Named “Executive”, front and rear parking assistance, automatic ignition of lights, help in keeping track, 100% automatic parking system, 360 ° camera, Apple CarPlay compatibility, Android Auto , induction phone charging, dual-zone climate control, fatigue detection, Full LED projectors, self-contained emergency braking with pedestrian detection, 19-inch wheels, recognition of speed limit signs, regulator Adaptive gear, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated four heated and heated steering wheel seats, Krell audio system, automatic tailgate, keyless entry and start, Europe navigation,monitoring blind spots with display on the instrumentation screen and the unlimited 5-year/mileage warranty like all models of the brand.
Ultra-complete, the equipment of this 2019 Hyundai Nexo is very technological. Thus, it is the only vehicle to be equipped with monitoring blind spots with the display on the instrumentation, which is very useful. Another special feature is the fully automatic parking. The car can handle it completely whether you are inside or even outside with an action on the key in this case. A rare device among general manufacturers but more prevalent among premium brands.
2019 Hyundai Nexo Cost & Rivals
The 2019 Hyundai Nexo is marketed at a price of € 72,000. The Toyota Mirai, the only hydrogen sedan, sold for € 79,000. At first glance, we say that the Korean SUV is a good deal, because a thermal model of the same size, for example, a 163 bhp Audi Q5 TDI is displayed in its most expensive version 61 540 € or 11 000 € of less than the Nexo. But, we must not forget that the Nexo has a bonus of € 6,000 while the Q5 is penalized by a penalty of € 1,163. The gap is shrinking.
Now comes the cost of fuel. Today, the kilo of hydrogen is sold around 12 € and it takes 6 to refuel an expense of 72 €. The cost per kilometer amounts to 11 c / km while this ratio falls to 8 c / km for the Audi with a price per liter of fuel of 1, 489 € / liter. The Q5 may seem a better deal except that diesel will only increase while the hydrogen is likely to become more democratic and therefore lower. Thus, in Germany, the kilo of hydrogen is 8 € / kilo or a full 48 €, which gives the advantage to Nexo and we do not speak of Norway where the price of the kilo of hydrogen is at € 6, or € 36 to cover 666 km. Hard to do better in these conditions, even if electric models are less expensive.