Hyundai Nexo

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How convincing is Hyundai’s hydrogen-fuelled bellwether for the way forward for driving? To borrow a sporting analogy, Hyundai appears to have timed its run exceedingly effectively.On the similar time that China – already the world’s largest marketplace for battery electrical autos – declares tentative plans to dramatically construct out its fuelling infrastructure for autos powered by hydrogen, the Korean model launches its first devoted gasoline cell automotive. ‘Devoted’ being the crucial.The ix35 Gasoline Cell was Hyundai’s first correct stab at a collection manufacturing hydrogen-fuelled automotive and ultimately grew to become accessible to the general public in 11 nations beneath a lease deal, together with within the UK, the place this journal efficiently ran one as a long-term check automotive. However the Nexo is totally different, not least as a result of it makes use of a bespoke platform constructed from the bottom up, permitting Hyundai to higher package deal an up to date zero-emissions powertrain.The outside design can also be bespoke and one thing of a press release, and the inside is extra subtle than something we’ve but seen from this more and more spectacular model. Furthermore, for its new high-tech showcase, Hyundai has gone additional than a revolutionary powertrain.The Nexo has the potential for degree 4, ‘thoughts off’ autonomous driving, primarily to be used on the motorway. (Our check automotive didn’t have it, nonetheless, as a result of present laws doesn’t but allow public use of such expertise.)The apparent disadvantage? That so few hydrogen fuelling stations at the moment exist within the UK. Progress is being made – not least by main gamers similar to Shell – albeit slowly.Right this moment, then, we assess the Nexo largely by itself deserves. Does it have the rolling refinement, usability and simple desirability to justify its appreciable value and will such a automotive conceivably displace well-established rivals over the approaching years? Let’s discover out.Value £65,995 together with authorities grant Energy 161bhp Torque 291lb ft Zero-60mph 9.6sec 30-70mph in fourth na Gasoline economic system 42mpkg CO2 emissions 0g/km 70-0mph 47.5mThe Nexo vary at a glanceIn phrases of spec, Hyundai affords only one flavour of Nexo: the Premium SE. As the only real providing for what is meant to be considered as a luxurious mannequin, the usual tools may be very beneficiant. It consists of heated and ventilated seats; a full infotainment suite with sat-nav, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; a premium Krell audio system; vegan ‘leather-based’ upholstery; a sunroof and extra.Hyundai additionally hasn’t skimped on security options, with a full suite of lively methods similar to blindspot detection, autonomous emergency braking and ahead collision warning all serving to contribute to a five-star Euro NCAP security score.

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