What is the Hyundai Tucson?
It’s the sister car to the Kia Sportage, and comes well equipped right across the range – though it also isn’t as cheap as you might expect given Hyundai’s traditionally budget-friendly pricing and value.
- Top speed: 109-126mph
- 0-62mph: 8.9-11.8 seconds
- Fuel economy 34.9-48.7mpg
- Emissions: 125-173g/km CO2
- Boot space: 513-1,503 litres
Which versions of the Hyundai Tucson are available?
All Tucson models are five-door, five-seat SUVs; Hyundai is playing with a straight bat here.
There are four standard trim levels: S Connect, SE Nav, Premium and Premium SE – it’s not the most logical naming process, but it does at least hint that all but the entry-level model get sat-nav as standard, which is the case.
Engine choice comprises two petrols and three diesels.
The petrols are both 1.6-litre units – a 132hp variant with a six-speed manual gearbox, and a 177hp turbo with six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. All are front-wheel drive.
The bread and butter of the diesel range are also 1.6-litre units, one with 115hp and the other with 136hp; both are front-wheel drive with a six-speed manual, though the 136hp model can be had as a seven-speed auto, too.
Top of the Tucson tree is a 2.0-litre diesel with 185hp and a mild hybrid system; it won’t run on electric power alone but it does get an efficiency boost.
This is an eight-speed conventional automatic only, with standard-fit four-wheel drive – the only four-wheel drive Tucson you can buy.
Hyundai Tucson styling and engineering
The Hyundai Tuscon is attractively styled on the outside, with a clean, modern look that’s unlikely to offend anyone.
On the inside it’s a little more bland, and suffers from a few cheaper plastics. But you get plenty of kit and reasonable space for four adults; you can cram in a fifth, but they won’t thank you for it for long.
Is the Hyundai Tucson good to drive?
The Tucson is one of those cars that does a perfectly good job of providing sensible, easy-to-drive transport, but is never going to set your hair on fire.
The steering is direct but doesn’t inspire enthusiasm, and while it’s well-controlled in the corners you’ll rarely be encouraged to take the long way home.
Comfort levels are high, though – and for most SUV buyers this is probably more important.
How much does the Hyundai Tucson cost?
It’s pretty mediocre on all fronts. While you get plenty of kit for your cash, you do have to fork over quite a bit of it these days; certainly there are cheaper rivals by list price.
Finance deals are typically also uninspiring, with more premium or much more powerful alternatives available for similar amounts of monthly cash over the same contract terms.
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Hyundai Tucson Model History
Current generation Hyundai Tucson model history
June 2015 – Replacing the ix35, the Tucson was available to order for September delivery. S, SE, Premium and Premium SE trims available, with a wide range of 1.6 GDi and T-GDi petrols, alongside 1.7 and 2.0 CRDi diesels. Four-wheel drive available on T-GDi and 2.0-litre CRDi versions.
June 2016 – Range expanded with the introduction of the 141hp 1.7-litre CRDi paired with a seven-speed DCT (dual-clutch) automatic transmission, available in all trims from SE upwards.
July 2018 – Facelifted range available to order in S Connect, SE, Premium and Premium SE guises, with a range of 1.6-litre GDi, T-GDi and CRDi engines. Line-up topped by the 2.0-litre CRDi with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.
First-generation Hyundai Tucson (2004-2009)
The first Hyundai Tuscon was sold for five years back in the late 2000s, and was then replaced by the Hyundai ix35 – which is the current Tucson’s immediate predecessor.
The original Tucson was well priced and well equipped, and surprisingly handy off road. But it looked every bit the budget option and lacked the interior quality of major rivals; certainly the ix35 was a big step on.
Best engine choice was the later 2.0-litre diesel with 150hp – though there was also a 2.0-litre petrol, and the really indulgent could opt for a 2.7-litre petrol V6. This was smooth enough, but lumbered with an old school automatic gearbox that hampered performance.
The ride was on the firm side, so this wasn’t a comfortable ‘soft-roader’ choice. But it handled neatly and was reasonably spacious for the time.
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