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2020 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: November 15, 2019


Hyundai has been among the few companies in the world that are betting big on the future of Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles. In terms of investments and technological advancements, Hyundai is at the forefront. Thus, to up its offensive and give the consumers a truly premium SUV that is both efficient and eco-friendly, Hyundai has introduced the all-new 2020 Nexo to the US market.

The 2020 Hyundai Nexo FCV is based on an all-new platform from Hyundai and seats 5 people. To give you a perspective, the 2020 Hyundai Nexo is longer than its sibling, the Tucson, by over 10 inches and is roomier than the same. The Nexo is powered by a 180hp motor and the peak torque figure has been rated as 290ft-lbs. All of this power is channeled to the front wheels. The Nexo also comes with a massive 52.2L Fuel tank that can be fully filled with Hydrogen in under 5 minutes while delivering a range of about 380 miles.

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Pros

Zero emissions

Good cargo space

Spacious interiors

Available for sale and not just leasing

Great driving range

Smooth drivetrain and operation

Cons

Available only in California for now

Limited Hydrogen filling stations

What's New?

All New for 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$58300

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

133 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

161 hp

torque

291 lbs.-ft

transmission

1-speed direct drive

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63.7/64.1

dimensions

wheelbase

109.8 in.

length

183.9 in.

width

73.2 in.

height

64.2 in.

curb weight

3990 lbs.

ground clearance

6.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

56.5 cu ft.

payload capacity

1169 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

20.7 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

8.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.9 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

187 ft.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr. / 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

120 months. / 100000

corrosion warranty

7 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / Unlimited



Styles

 2020 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell in Cocoon Silver color  2020 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell in Copper Metallic color  2020 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell in Dusk Blue color  2020 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell in White Pearl color
Cocoon Silver

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Blue

Blue

power
161 hp
fuel
Hydrogen
mpg
TBD

$58,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Blue 4dr SUV (electric DD) Starting at $58,300 MSRP TBD 161 hp, electric, hydrogen
1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5

 2020 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Limited

Limited

power
161 hp
fuel
Hydrogen
mpg
TBD

$61,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD) Starting at $61,800 MSRP TBD 161 hp, electric, hydrogen
1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.4

Overall Rating


The Nexo is currently sold only in the state of California as no other state has hydrogen fueling stations. Because it is such a low-volume vehicle, every Nexo is hand-built with almost as many quality inspectors as assemblers at its factory in Korea. The moment you lay eyes on the Nexo, you will know this is not a regular Hyundai. The bold and aggressive grille, stretched LED front lamps and the clean fluidic exterior design distinguishes the Nexo from its rivals. The interior looks very futuristic with a large infotainment screen, loads of controls and the dual-tone color combination of silver and gray. But what sets the Nexo apart from all other cars is the materials that have been used for the interiors. Like the Ioniq, Hyundai has decided to go with bioplastic and other biodegradable materials to manufacture the interiors. So without any further delay, let’s slide inside the all-new Hyundai Nexo.

2020 Hyundai Nexo Angular Front View
2020 Hyundai Nexo Angular Front View
2020 Hyundai Nexo Angular Rear View
2020 Hyundai Nexo Angular Rear View

 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Features

Hyundai doesn’t shy away from loading its cars with features and the Nexo is not different. Hyundai offers the 2020 Nexo in 2 trims, namely the Blue and the Limited and both these trims come loaded with a ton of features.

Trim

Blue

Limited

MSRP

$58,300

$61,800

Features

Auto LED Headlights and DRL’s with High Beam Assist

Adds/Upgrades to Blue

 

Heated Side Mirrors with Turn Signals

Power Tilt/Slide Sunroof

 

12 V Front, 110V A/C Inverter in 2nd Row Outlet

Roof Rails

 

Remote Keyless, proximity key entry with Push Button start and Hyundai Blue Link Package

Hands Free Lift Gate with Auto Open, Height Adjust

 

Heated 8 Way power Driver Seats, 6 Way Powered Front Passenger Seats with Power Lumbar Support

Ventilated Front Seats

 

Auto Up/Down Driver’s Power Windows

Surround View monitor

 

Tilt and Telescopic adjust steering wheel with Smart Cruise Control with Stop/Go

Heated Steering Wheel

 

7” TFT LCD Instrument Console with Automatic Temperature Control

Remote Parking Assist with Auto parking function

 

12.3” Color Touchscreen with AM/FM/SiriusXM/HD Radio/MP3/On board Navigation with Apple Car Play, Android Auto, USB/AUX Input and Bluetooth

440W Krell 8 Channel External Amplifier and 8 Speakers music system that includes Subwoofer and tweeters

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The Limited Trim offers some unique additions to the Blue trim and hence, we feel that it is a worthy option to go for.

2020 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Engine and Performance

8.0/10

Despite the electric motor's meager 161 hp, its torquey 291 lb-ft and EV-reactions scoot it through traffic just fine-Motortrend.com

Engine and Transmission

The 2020 Hyundai Nexo, fuses an all-new powertrain that consolidates a 95-kW fuel cell pack with a 40-kW battery for a joined output of 135 kW or speaking in automotive terms, 160 hp. The electric motor driving the front wheels develops 290 lbs.-ft. of peak torque. The Hydrogen inside the Nexo has been compressed to about 10,00psi and that feeds the fuel cell stack to generate the electricity to power the motor and adds to the additional power in the battery.

Models

Hyundai Nexo Limited

Jaguar I-Pace S AWD

Audi e-tron Premium Plus with Quattro

MSRP

$62,845

$70,495

$75,795

Engine

1 Permanent magnet motor with Hydrogen Fuel Cell Stack

2 Permanent Magnet Synchronous Electric Motors

Dual Asynchronous Electric motors

Transmission

Single Speed reduction Gear

Single Speed

Single Speed Direct Drive

Horsepower

161hp

394hp

355hp

Torque

291ft.-lbs.

513ft.-lbs.

414ft.-lbs.

A single Speed, Direct drive gearbox channels the power from the motors to the front wheels of the motors and offers a seamless driving experience. Power delivery is smooth and linear while the Electric motors, develop instant torque.

Acceleration

The Hyundai Nexo isn’t the fastest SUV in the world and Hyundai doesn’t stake a claim to this fact as well. The 9.5-second timing to do the 60MPH dash is a testimony to the slowness of the Nexo. But this has to do with the weight of the SUV and its overall stance.

Models

Hyundai Nexo Limited

Jaguar I-Pace S

Audi e-tron Premium Plus with Quattro

0-60 MPH

9.5

4.5

5.5

Quarter mile

N/A

12.9 seconds

N/A

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Jag and the Audi were always going to be faster than the Hyundai and the figures show the same. However, between the Jag and the Audi, it’s the Jag that stands the tallest with its 4.5 seconds to do the 60MPH dash while the Audi takes 5.5 seconds, to reach the same figure.

Ride and Handling

Hyundai has packed in a lot of high tech driver assistance features in the 2020 Nexo and the whole ride and handling experience feel dominated by them. In terms of some of the standout features, the Nexo get a LEVEL 4 Autonomous Drive System that essentially makes it eligible for “Eyes-Off” driving. This feature itself is the biggest USP of the Car as passengers inside the Nexo can have their Minds off from the stresses of driving an otherwise Big SUV. The Technology, however, can’t be fitted to the US models as the current legislation, doesn’t deem this suitable for now.

The Nexo handles like a typical SUV and doesn’t feel as enthusiastic to drive, like a BMW X1. The Passengers on the inside won’t complain much as the Nexo offers a pretty refined, silent and enjoyable driving experience on the inside. Power delivery is linear and that makes for jitter-free rides, while the road and tire noise are well isolated from the inside. Ride quality is sublime at normal city speeds while it may get a tad less comfortable on roads with rough patches or big potholes. But at no point, does the Hyundai feel unsettling or unnerving to drive.

Braking

With chunky 12.6” Rotors in the front and 11.9” at the back, the 2020 Hyundai Nexo performs way better than similarly priced FCV in the segment like the Toyota Mirai and the Honda Clarity. The Nexo, courtesy of the clever tech on offer and those big brakes, comes to a halt from 70MPH in just 169 ft.

Model

Hyundai Nexo Limited

Jaguar I-Pace S

Audi e-tron Premium Plus with Quattro

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

13.8

14.8

Brake Rear (in.)

11.9

12.8

13.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4116

4784

5643

70-0 MPH (ft.)

169

N/A

N/A

As with Electric Cars, the Hyundai Nexo, also comes with regenerative brakes but can be toggled in 4 ways via paddles behind the steering. The modes have been named as 0, 1, 2, 3. The Zero mode offers no regen braking when you step off the gas, while when in 3, stepping of the gas will feel like brushing the brakes more often. The other modes come in between these 2.

2020 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The 2020 Hyundai Nexo scores high when it comes to the MPG or Mileage figures. The 3 Hydrogen tanks that store Hydrogen, compressed at 10,000 psi each can hold a total of 6.3KG of the same. For people worrying about the Nexo’s performance in the Cold weather, Hyundai has thoroughly tested the Cold Weather Performance of the Nexo and has ensured that the Nexo can start even at temperatures of -22 degree Fahrenheit.

Model

Hyundai Nexo Limited

Jaguar I-Pace S

Audi e-tron Premium Plus with Quattro

MPG (city)

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (highway)

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (combined)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Tank Capacity (gal)

41.4

N/A

N/A

Range(Miles)

380

298

248.5

The Nexo manages to outrun the other SUV’s in the test today by dishing out a much higher range than the others. In reality, though, the Jag and the Audi are different cars as they are pure electric as compared to the FCV based Hyundai and for that fact, both of these rake in good figures.

2020 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Interior

8.0/10

It's an airy cabin with full-width design elements to aid that sense of space-Caranddriver.com

Seating and Comfort

The Hyundai Nexo has been developed from Scratch and that is evident from the way, the Interiors have been designed. The Cabin exudes luxury with the use of good quality materials, while the light colors elevate the sense of roominess in the cabin. The Twin Screens in the front gives an S Class like feel to the humble Nexo while the Center console feels more like a premium Lexus.

Seats are pretty comfortable and offer both heating and cooling functions for the front. For the convenience part, they can be power adjusted on the front in multiple ways. The Lumbar Support is power-adjustable as well and seating 5 in the Nexo, won’t be big of an issue.

Model

Hyundai Nexo Limited

Jaguar I-Pace S

Audi e-tron Premium Plus with Quattro

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38/57.2/41.5

39.9/57.6/40.9

39.8/58.6/40.8

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38/55.5/38.6

38.1/54.6/35.0

38.6/57.2/39.1

In terms of the Space, Hyundai Engineers have to be given extra credit for not compromising the Interior space in lieu of the Multiple Hydrogen Tanks and the Complex Fuel Cell Drivetrain. The New Platform allows Hyundai, to maximize the room inside and not compromise on the same. There is a decent amount of Head and Leg Room for the Rear Seat Passengers while seating 3 abreast, won’t be much of an issue as well. The story remains the same for the front as well.

Cargo Capacity

The 2020 Hyundai Nexo, isn’t only an Eco-Friendly but a practical one as well. Hyundai’s expertise in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology and its Storage has ensured that the big fuel tanks don’t eat up the cargo space. Among its rivals, the Hyundai Nexo offers the most space while the 60/40 rear seats split arrangement, adds to space in the cargo area.

Model

Hyundai Nexo Limited

Jaguar I-Pace S

Audi e-tron Premium Plus with Quattro

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

29.6

25.3

28.5

The All-Electric Audi e-Tron comes the closest to the Nexo in terms of the Cargo capacity on offer while the Jaguar I-Pace offers the lowest in this aspect.

Infotainment System

Hyundai has been known, for loading the infotainment system of its cars with a ton of features and the new 2020 Hyundai Nexo, is no exception. These are the features that you will find in the infotainment system of the Nexo

  • 3” Color Touchscreen with AM/FM/SiriusXM/HD Radio/MP3 Audio System, Android Auto, Apple Car Play and Onboard Navigation
  • 440W Krell 8 Channel External amp and 8 speakers with subwoofer
  • USB, Bluetooth, Aux Input Jack
  • Rear View Monitor with Parking Guidance
  • Blue Link Connected Car System, Remote and Guidance Package
  • Wireless Charging Pad
  • 7” TFT LCD instrument cluster
  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go

Interior Features

There are a lot of features that can be found inside the 2020 Hyundai Nexo and some of these have been listed below

  • 8 Way Driver and 6 Way Front Passenger Powered, Heated and Ventilated Seats
  • Power Lumbar Support
  • 60/40 Split Flat Rear Seats
  • Automatic Temperature Control
  • Auto Defogger with Rear and Side Window Defroster with Timer
  • Tilt and Telescopic Adjust Heated Steering wheel with mounted audio, cruise, and Bluetooth controls
  • Power Windows with Driver’s Auto Down/Up
  • Remote Keyless Entry with Alarm and Panic
  • Proximity Key Entry with Push Button Start
  • 12V Front Outlet and 2 USB Chargers
  • 110V Power Outlet(A/C Inverter) in 2nd Row

2020 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Exterior

8.0/10

Both inside and out, the new Nexo looks like it rolled straight out of the future-KBB.com

Design and Dimensions

The Nexo doesn’t feel like the Hyundais that you would normally see on the streets of US. That having said though, there are certain elements that would make you realize that there is a family theme going on. There is a big cascading grille and split headlights on the front that will remind you some smaller Hyundai’s. The Chunky 19” Alloys and the sloping roofline and D-Pillar, adds to the aerodynamic appeal of the SUV. The Design overall looks pretty futuristic, with sharp lines around the SUV, vents in the C pillar and the blackened out A Pillars to give a “Fluidic” look.

Model

Hyundai Nexo Limited

Jaguar I-Pace S

Audi e-tron Premium Plus with Quattro

Curb weight (lbs.)

4116

4784

5643

Length(in)

183.9

184.3

193

Width(in)

73.2

74.6

76.3

Height(in)

64.6

61.3

65.5

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

5.6

6.9

Wheelbase (in)

109.8

117.7

115.1

The Hyundai Nexo sits in between the Tucson and the New Santa Fe in terms of dimensions. In terms of the rivals here, it is the shortest in length and least in width. In terms of height though, it comes in between the both. What this translates in reality is an easier life while moving through the traffic and while parking in tight spaces and a better car to live with for taller people.

Exterior Features

  • Auto Parking Function
  • Automatic LED Headlights with LED DRL’s with High Beam Assist and LED Brake Light
  • Puddle Lights
  • Heated Exterior Side Mirrors with Turn Signal Indicators
  • Power Tilt and Slide Sunroof
  • Roof Rails
  • Shark Fin Roof Antenna
  • Hands Free Smart Lift gate with Auto Open and Adjustable height setting

2020 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Safety

9.0/10

Hyundai does not skip on the safety of its passengers and the Hyundai Nexo, covers the same philosophy of Hyundai. There are a wide range of safety features on offer in the 2020 Hyundai Nexo and those have been listed below

  • Forward Collision Assistance with Pedestrian Detection
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning
  • Blind View Monitor
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • Lane Follow Assist
  • High Beam Assist
  • Regenerative Brakes with all 4 wheel discs and ABS
  • ESC with TC and Brake Assist
  • Vehicle Stability Management
  • TPMS and Body Side Reinforcements
  • 6 Airbags and Integrated Anti-Theft System

2020 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Competition

Hyundai Nexo vs. Jaguar I-Pace

The Jaguar I-Pace, is the first effort from Jaguar in terms of an Eco-Friendly vehicle and boy have they pulled out a stunner. The I Pace has a typical British Design character and offers great luxury, both on the exteriors and the Interiors. In terms of performance as well, it’s no slouch and beats the Nexo, hands down. The Jag, however, runs on electric charge and takes at least 2 hours to charge fully. The Hyundai, on the other hand, gets its tank filled in just 5 minutes and offers a higher range than the Jag. It offers a lot of advanced features like automatic parking and high tech infotainment system, which makes the Hyundai, a convincing buy.

Hyundai Nexo vs. Audi e-Tron

The Audi e-Tron is Audi’s way of telling what the future has arrived. The e-Tron goes like a stabbed rat and coupled it with Audi’s Quattro system and you have a potent off-roader in your hands. The Audi also comes loaded with plenty of features and a well-built cabin. The Audi, however, doesn’t match the range of the Hyundai and takes at least 2 hours to fully charge. The Hyundai, on the other hand, offers a tech-laden cabin and a lot of futuristic features. The Hyundai also fills up in just 5 minutes and delivers a lot higher range than the Audi as well.

2020 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Final Verdict

The Hyundai Nexo, offers a great alternative to conventional Plug and Drive type of Cars and feels much more like a conventional car. The Nexo has a lot of advanced features like Auto-park Assist, Dual Screen displays and much more. It is spacious on the inside and can carry a good amount of Cargo as well and looks like a Future Bred SUV. All in all, if you live in California (as the Nexo is only available here at the time of this writing) and you are willing to buy an SUV that takes you to the future, without making you feel guilty about polluting the environment, then the Nexo is possibly the Best that you can get now.