3.8 out of 5 3.8
Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Daring style and an interesting line-up add appeal to the Tucson

Hyundai Tucson SUV (21 on) - rated 3.8 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £28,760 - £42,030
Lease from new From £281 p/m View lease deals
Used price £21,050 - £37,000
Used monthly cost From £525 per month
Fuel Economy 39.8 - 201.8 mpg
Road tax cost £145 - £480
Insurance group 12 - 21 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Comfortable and roomy interior 
  • User-friendly infotainment system 
  • A wide range of hybrid engine options

CONS

  • Long-distance economy is poor with no diesel
  • Not particularly fun
  • We're not convinced by the adaptive suspension

Hyundai Tucson SUV rivals

Volkswagen
Tiguan
4.4 out of 5 4.4

Written by Tom Wiltshire on

Is the Hyundai Tucson any good?

You could always count on the Hyundai Tucson to be a solid, dependable SUV that was good value. Unfortunately it wasn’t particularly desirable, something the current generation is trying awfully hard to change. With a striking front end complete with distinctive LED running lights, you certainly won’t mistake it for any of its rivals.

Far from just being a pretty face, the Tuscon has pushed diesel aside to become a purely petrol range. If you want economy, you’ll need one of three flavours of hybrid; mild, full or plug-in. It promised greater interior space and it’s far flashier inside, too, with lashings of techy toys to tempt you further. With a generous five-year warranty as well, you can see why the Tucson SUV now appeals to both head and heart.

With that being said, it’s a competitor in perhaps the most difficult market to crack. Compact family SUVs are ten a penny, and the Tuscon has to rival talented opposition that includes the Volkswagen Tiguan, Skoda Karoq, Mazda CX-5, Peugeot 3008, Citroen C5 Aircross and Ford Kuga.

Read the Hyundai Tucson verdict

What’s it like inside?

The Tucson debuts a new interior design for Hyundai, with a low-set dashboard that improves the view out of the front. It also looks far more interesting and is higher in quality than a number of rivals.

It’s dominated by two large screens, both 10.25 inches in size – one for infotainment and another for instrumentation. Both are fully customisable and connected, with live parking and traffic information available as part of the new sat-nav setup.

Chrome highlights across the cabin smarten things up even further, and there’s a touch-sensitive climate control panel which, while not quite as easy to use as physical buttons, is preferable to having everything contained within the touchscreen. Compared with the old Tucson and its dour, grey interior, the difference is night and day.

Read more on the Hyundai Tucson interior

What’s it like to drive?

Despite the striking looks you’ll find the Hyundai Tucson utterly conventional to drive. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean you ought to look elsewhere if you’re particularly keen on driving – think Ford Kuga.

It is relatively comfortable on its smaller wheel sizes, and automatic models especially excel in ease-of-use. But there’s very little remarkable to report.

Read more on how the Hyundai Tucson drives

What models and trims are available?

You can have your Tucson in one of five trims – they’re named SE Connect, Premium, N Line, N Line S and Ultimate in ascending order of price.

As for the engine range, it’s extensive but exclusively petrol-powered, which is still unusual for a mid-sized crossover such as this. The entry-level engine is as basic as they come, but step up the range and you get mild hybrid assistance as well as the option for four-wheel drive or a DCT automatic gearbox.

You can also have your Tucson as a self-charging hybrid or a plug-in hybrid.

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Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the new Hyundai Tucson including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

Hyundai Tucson SUV rivals

Volkswagen
Tiguan
4.4 out of 5 4.4

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