Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 6.7 - 7.5 mpp
Hybrid petrol engines 8.2 - 8.5 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 34.1 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
Based on "Weighted" mpg; figures depend on the proportion of miles driven in pure electric mode and may vary widely

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 39.8 - 44.1 mpg
Hybrid petrol engines 48.7 - 50.4 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 201.8 mpg
  • Plug-in hybrid model has plenty of potential
  • No diesel option available for highest fuel economy
  • Majority-hybrid lineup makes for low CO2

Interestingly for a car in this class, Hyundai doesn’t offer the Tucson with a diesel engine at all. That’s becoming increasingly common lower down in the market but most of the Tucson’s rivals are still offered with a diesel engine.

Instead, Hyundai’s fitted the Tucson with a wide range of petrol engines. All but the entry-level have some form of electrical assistance – either mild, self-charging, or plug-in hybrid, and these boost economy and performance to at least in part make up for the lack of a super-efficient oil-burner.

MPG and CO2

  • 150hp 1.6-litre petrol, manual, 2WD: 42.8mpg, 139g/km
  • 150hp 1.6-litre petrol MHEV, manual, 2WD: 43.5mpg, 131g/km
  • 150hp 1.6-litre petrol MHEV, auto, 2WD: 44.8mpg, 125g/km
  • 180hp 1.6-litre petrol MHEV, auto, 2WD: 44.1mpg, 127g/km
  • 180hp 1.6-litre petrol MHEV, auto, 4WD: 40.9mpg, 129g/km
  • 230hp 1.6-litre petrol hybrid, auto, 2WD: 48.7mpg, 131g/km
  • 265hp 1.6-litre petrol plug-in hybrid, auto, 4WD, 201.8mpg, 31g/km

As is apparent from this list, the more electrical assistance the Tucson has, the better fuel economy it will return. The real champion is the plug-in hybrid model, with an official mpg figure in the hundreds. Of course, this comes with the usual caveat of a plug-in hybrid – it needs plugging in.

Charge the Tucson up regularly and stay within its all-electric range and you may barely need to touch the petrol engine. Perform regular long trips with a dead battery and fuel economy will tumble.

The Tucson PHEV has an official all-electric range of up to 31 miles, which is a little below average for the class – a Peugeot 3008 HYbrid returns up to 36 miles, a Ford Kuga Plug-in Hybrid 35.

For those who don’t have anywhere to plug-in, the Tucson self-charging hybrid might be a better bet, but none of the choices are particularly thirsty. However, the absence of diesel means that there are better options for fuel economy if you regularly undertake long journeys.

How reliable is it?

  • Technology shared with many Hyundai and Kia models
  • Generous five-year warranty
  • Previous Tucson was dependable

This Tucson’s a bit too new to make any real judgements about its reliability. However, it has a strong reputation, and the previous-generation Tucson lasted five years with only one recall – for a faulty bonnet latch.

Hyundai’s confident in the quality of its products, backing them up with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty – that makes them ideal for high-mileage drivers who might blitz through a competitor’s longer but lower mileage warranty before they reach the end.

The hybrid tech on the Tucson is new, though, so we’ll hold out judgement on its reliability until it’s been around for a bit longer.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £145 - £480
Insurance group 12 - 21
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