The 163 HP electric motor powered by fuel cells makes 2019 Hyundai Nexo a vibrant and snappy SUV. The declared autonomy is not bad. In here, however, we will hardly see it.
The Hyundai is not new to fuel cell technology: Its work on this system to transform, thanks to a chemical reaction, the hydrogen contained in cylinders and the oxygen of the air in electricity began over 15 years ago (already the ix35 had its Version of this type). With the Hyundai Nexo, the Korean house has moved further: the platform is new and specific for this type of power supply and also the lines are unique compared to the rest of the range. 467 cm long (just two less than Santa Fe), live the Nexo seems much more compact: the merit goes to the rounded shapes and to the front with thin lights. The first Nexo will arrive in the hands of the drivers in the second half of 2018, but still, the house has not formalized nor how (to hire you could add also the sale) or on which markets. Difficult that Italy is in the number: At the moment, the only hydrogen supply facility accessible to the public is in the province of Bolzano…
2019 Hyundai NEXO Review
At Hyundai, they believe that the hydrogen car is, in the long run, the winning strategy: from their calculations, with the current costs already after 750 km of travel the overall cost is lower than that of the electrics with lithium batteries. And with the lowering of prices, the account is destined to decline. The Hyundai Nexo, already today, declares 800 km of autonomy according to the European homologation cycles NEDC (optimists, for this reason, they are to be replaced by the most truthful WLTP); The house, however, speaks of a real autonomy of about 600 km. The Nexo also stands as one of the first hydrogen cars to have a “life” comparable with that of cars with internal combustion engine: If on the previous ix35 the cells began to lose efficiency after 5 years, now the degradation begins not before a Decade (the guarantee, in fact, is 10 years or 160,000 km); And even with a parcel of “old” cells, unlike battery cars, to shrink is not autonomy (which depends only on hydrogen tanks), but the peak power delivered, and therefore performance.
2019 Hyundai NEXO Design, Material, Interior
To figure out how to drive a car like the 2019 Hyundai NEXO, we flew all the way to Korea. The first impression, once on board, is positive: space also abounds behind (the seats are five, of which four are comfortable), the commands are large and of immediate detection. of quality The screens of the digital dashboard and the navigator, which inform without disorienting. The shapes of the bridge are also original, with soft and upholstered colors, like the panels of the doors, of a thick soft layer. The only concern is the plank plastics and handles, which imitate the metal in a very unrealistic way and seem to belong to a cheap car of several years ago. If the three cumbersome cylinders did not reduce the space for people, they certainly did it for luggage: 461 liters are not much (the Santa Fe offers 534) and are almost virtual the false. On the other hand, the backrest of the sofa is adjustable in inclination and you can obtain a few centimeters “extra”.
The test of the Hyundai Nexo took place on a route of about 180 km of the highway (limited to 110 km/h), plus a handful in the city. In the end, the onboard computer marked an average of 114 km/kg, better than the approved data and about 720 km of autonomy. Those who have tried an electric car will know what to expect: a snap from a lively stop (although the cars that “glue” to the seat are other…) and no noise of mechanics or interruptions in the delivery (the gearbox, in fact, there is). What, however, convinced more was the feeling of being aboard a “mature” car: The steering has a correct weight and responds with precision, the soundproofing (at least up to 110 km/h) is very cured and the roughness of the bottom are absorbed effectively. What, the latter, not obvious on heavy cars (here, although an official data has not been communicated, it is necessary to reckon with tanks and batteries) and not equipped (as in this case) of air suspension. Simple to use the Energy Recovery system (which is accumulated in a lithium-ion battery capable of also providing faster current than the fuel cells when the maximum power is requested instantaneously), whose intervention is Adjustable on three levels by acting on “palette” behind the steering wheel.
Another arrow at the bow of this Hyundai Nexo are the security systems: many cars have the adaptive cruise control that keeps the distance from the vehicles that precede it and works together with the lane maintenance assistant, but a few we try to follow from Sun lanes so progressively, without “bouncing” from one dividing line to another. In addition, the 2019 Hyundai NEXO also mounts a monitoring of the blind angle evolved: When you operate a direction indicator, one of the rear cameras shows in the dashboard the images of what is happening behind us from the side where we are to curve: a simple solution that It integrates the buzzer that is activated in case of another vehicle in the blind corner.
2019 Hyundai NEXO Pros and Cons
- habitability. Space for four abounds, but not even the fifth is sacrificed.
- Comfort. Soundproofing and springing are of quality.
- security systems. They will not be “revolutionaries”, but they are well calibrated. “Sly” cameras that control the blind corner.
- Plastics. Those that mimic the satin metal look very cheap.
- trunk. It is not small in absolute, but the rivals with thermal motor offer a few liters more.
- refueling difficulties. In some place, We have only one distributor. But also in the rest of Europe, they are not much better