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Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Dependable mid-size SUV, but it lacks the wow factor

Hyundai Tucson (15 on) - rated 3.9 out of 5
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PROS

  • Stylish details, handsome design
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Impressive reliability record

CONS

  • Petrol choices make less sense
  • Several rivals are more practical
  • Cabin doesn’t feel that special

At a glance

New price £22,310 - £35,550
Lease from new From £236 per month
Used price £7,830 - £28,590
Used monthly cost £193 - £705
Fuel economy 37 - 65 mpg
Road tax cost £30 - £260
Insurance group 12 - 25 How much is it to insure?

PROS

  • Stylish details, handsome design
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Impressive reliability record

CONS

  • Petrol choices make less sense
  • Several rivals are more practical
  • Cabin doesn’t feel that special

Hyundai Tucson rivals

Ford
Kuga
3.7 out of 5 3.7

The Tucson is the middle child of Hyundai’s SUV range – flanked by the compact Kona and the large, seven-seater Santa Fe. It aims for universal appeal in Europe’s massively competitive SUV market, and as a result it’s less bold than both of its sister models but more of a likely rival to big-hitters such as the Volkswagen Tiguan, Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai and Peugeot 3008.

The Tucson nameplate – like the Kia Sportage – was once applied to a rough-and-ready SUV, ostensibly family transport but designed for the mud, not the motorway. It’s since morphed into a proper crossover, the likes of which buyers can’t get enough of. But is it as good as its European competition?

Comfortable and relaxing to drive

The Tucson’s priority for its passengers is a quiet, refined and comfortable drive. This focus does mean it’s nowhere near as satisfying for a keen driver as something like a SEAT Ateca, but considering most family crossovers spend their time in congested towns and cities or bowling up and down the motorway, the well-judged combination of a cushioned ride and light controls make it a doddle to drive.

2018 Hyundai Tucson dashboard

There’s a familiar choice of Hyundai engines on offer, though for a company so close to the head of the plug-in hybrid and all-electric revolution it’s a shame to note that there’s no such powertrain on offer here. Instead, there’s a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, with the range-topping 185hp 2.0-litre CRDi coming with a mild-hybrid powertrain that improves efficiency.

It’s not the most efficient engine in the range – that honour goes to the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel, producing 136hp and mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG gearbox. However, the Tucson isn’t as competitive on fuel economy or emissions as some rivals, particularly cars like the Toyota RAV4 or Peugeot 3008.

Simple trim structure and plentiful standard equipment

Hyundai’s typically generous equipment levels endow every car with dual-zone climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, a reversing camera, Apple Carplay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity and a generous level of safety equipment. As you move up through the trim levels, new kit is added, but as per Hyundai’s usual policy the only real optional extras the customer has to select are the paint and upholstery colours.

Space for all the family

The Tucson’s main remit is as comfortable family transport, and its spacious, hardwearing interior does this job very well. There’s space for four adults to sit in comfort, a 513-litre boot capable of swallowing plenty of luggage and Isofix points in the outermost rear seats to make fitting child seats safe and easy.

The Tucson achieved a five-star Euro NCAP crash test safety rating, so you can be assured it’s a safe vehicle. Though the testing procedure has moved on in the four years since the Tucson was last tested, Hyundai’s added some safety equipment to keep pace with the rest of the crossover crowd.

So, is the Hyundai Tucson the ideal choice for your next car? Read on for our full review to find out.

Hyundai Tucson rivals

Ford
Kuga
3.7 out of 5 3.7