Hyundai Nexo 2019 review

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Decent enough to drive and with sharp, original styling, the Nexo gives us a glimpse of a technology that isn’t quite ready. Very expensive, too

The Hyundai Nexo, one of only a handful of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles that you or I could walk into a showroom and actually buy, is by no means a bad car. In fact, it plays the parts of high-riding urban runabout, undemanding motorway hack and versatile family car rather well.This is a perfectly adequate machine and there is plenty to like about it. The trouble is, there are also two very significant problems that unpick all of that careful needlework and make this car close to impossible to recommend. Under the strain of just two points, the case for the Nexo bursts apart at the seams.We’ll get on to those in a moment. The Nexo picks up where the ix35 Fuel Cell, launched in 2013, left off. It was the world’s first mass produced fuel cell vehicle. Unlike that car, though, which was an adapted version of an existing model, the Nexo was designed from the ground up specifically for this purpose.As well making it lighter, that means the Nexo is also more efficient. Take the bodywork, which has been designed to be as slippery as possible. The underside is completely flat, there are air curtains that reduce drag front and rear and the door handles sit completely flush to the bodywork, only popping out when you need them. Even the wheels have been designed with aerodynamic efficiency in mind.Then there are the hydrogen tanks. The Nexo has three of them, all mounted transversely across the rear of the car. They look like oversized scuba diving cylinders. Two are sat just ahead of the rear axle line, the third just behind it. By using three tanks – with a total capacity of 157 litres – rather than two like the ix35, packaging is much neater and boot space is preserved. …read more

Source:: Autocar

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