The Nexo’s cabin is unlike any Hyundai interior we’ve come across. From behind the wheel, it seems to have been created by some future-gazing technophile from decades gone by, or one of the set designers of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
It’s the large, button-heavy centre console (we counted around 40 individual controls) that stands out most. Finished in silver and protruding down from below the fascia-mounted infotainment screen, it looks like a supercomputer that has come straight out of the world of science fiction, although mercifully there’s no maniacal “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that” operating system to contend with.
The Nexo’s infotainment system makes use of a very generously sized 12.3in screen. This can be controlled either by touching the screen itself or by using the rotary dial and shortcut buttons mounted on the centre console. Regardless of how you choose to interact with it, the sharpness and general fluidity of the operating system seem superior to anything we’ve seen from Hyundai before.
An impressive roster of standard features includes satellite navigation, DAB radio, a wireless charging pad, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition to telling you where to go, the sat-nav system can also show you how far you can expect to travel in any given direction based on the amount of hydrogen left in the tanks at that point in time. And if you’re running low, it can guide you to the nearest filling station – provided that you’re in a part of the country that actually has one.