- Stylish design
- Diesels cheap to run
- Petrols don’t make sense
- Some rivals more practical
The Hyundai Tucson revives a name the firm used for its mid-sized SUV in days gone by. We’re not talking centuries ago, though – the previous generation was on sale between 2004 and 2009, but was replaced by the ix35.
Hyundai fans will be pleased to see the firm is continuing its drive towards distinctive styling and plush interiors, with this new car a major step forward once again, especially in terms of the materials used in the cabin. We found it quiet, refined and good to drive; with safe handling and the option of relatively low running costs.
There’s a wide range of engines on offer, including an efficient 1.7-litre diesel and two power outputs for a 2-litre. Headline fuel economy of 61.7mpg is possible with the 1.7, and CO2 emissions of 119g/km mean it’s cheap to tax for both VED and Benefit-in-Kind taxation. You can also have a pair of petrol engines – one with a turbocharger and one without – but we’re not expecting a huge up-take of either. The turbocharged petrol especially seems less attractive as it requires far more regular service intervals.
Lots of equipment
You have a choice of four trim levels, but as ever with Hyundai cars, each comes with a decent amount of kit for your cash. This company doesn’t really do optional extras, you see, preferring to cram all the toys into trim levels instead.
And that’s the reason this is a particularly safe car too. With the amount of kit installed even at base specification, we’ll be surprised if the new Tucson doesn’t score a five-star rating at Euro NCAP just like its ix35 predecessor.
Further peace of mind will come courtesy of the firm’s five-year, unlimited mileage warranty, which not only ensures dealer support if something goes wrong, but props up the resale value of the car too.
But in a market where there is such fierce competition, does this Korean entry have the mettle to mix it with more established names in the market? We think so, and if you’re considering a car like this, it should definitely be on your shortlist. Read on for the comprehensive Hyundai Tucson review.
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