Hyundai, unlike its rival Toyota, has decided to clothe its fuel cell technology in the fashionable shape of an SUV. The NEXO is slightly bigger than its battery-powered Kona Electric showroom stablemate but, at 4.67-metres long, still not much larger than something like a Volkswagen Tiguan or a Volvo XC40. The styling's quite sleek in a conservative kind of way, with a rising belt line and a falling roof line. Aerodynamics have been prioritised, even in the shaping of the 19-inch wheels, and there's a completely flat underbody, plus door handles that retract into the bodywork after 5 seconds, or when you drive above walking speed.
Take a seat up front and it's like no Hyundai you'll ever previously have sat in - and not only because of the liberal use of sustainable materials, like sugar cane, bamboo and vegan leather for the seats. A high-rise centre console that's absolutely peppered with buttons incorporates a big central touchscreen full of hydrogen-bespoke graphics and menu options, navigable via touch, a lower dial or various buttons. The instrument binnacle gauges are (naturally) digitally displayed on a further screen you view through the curiously shaped two-spoke wheel. And soft-touch rubbery plastics and little touches like the drilled metal speaker grilles do their best to impart the intended premium ambiance. In the back, there's 740mm of legroom and 930mm of headroom, respective figures that, to give you some perspective, are a little more and a little less than an Audi Q5. The 461-litre boot capacity though, is some way off the class standard, inevitably compromised by the large battery beneath the cargo area floor.