Hyundai didn’t want its Tucson compact SUV to be like all the others, as its distinctive design demonstrates. The model makes a bold statement that is backed up by its responsive driving dynamics. No matter what the road surface, you remain firmly in control thanks to the firm’s latest safety technology.
The body projects a sense of energy from its sharp creases, dramatic LED lights and large alloy wheels. A shark fin aerial, rear spoiler and twin exhaust finisher indicate a degree of athleticism surprising in an SUV, while a rear skid plate and protective trim along the body’s edge are obvious signs of its ability to venture off the road. Touches of chrome, including for the beltline and grille on Premium models, are small but significant additions that strengthen the Tucson’s high-end status.
Hyundai has designed the cabin to fit your lifestyle by making it versatile and spacious. The 60/40 split folding rear bench will be a welcome feature if you intend to use the model as your chief family vehicle. Big bottle holders swallow up smaller items, and when you push the back bench forward there is room to transport up to 513 litres of cargo. Heated front seats are enjoyed in all but the entry SE trim, and leather facings finish the seats in the Premium and Premium SE grades.
Driving the all-new Tucson has been made more enjoyable by fitting it with advanced sensory technology to protect you and your passengers. An Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BAS), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) are all no-cost features. A Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keeping Assist stops you from unintentionally straying into another lane (excluding S models), while Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) takes action if you don’t brake in time. The six airbag system gives protection from each side through front, side and curtain bags.
Other Hyundai technology helps you to relax at the wheel by making driving simpler. The standard Bluetooth® system enables you to stream music from a connected device or take calls when driving. Controls on the steering wheel fix your focus ahead as you operate both functions. An eight-inch touchscreen sits on the centre of the dash in SE Nav, Premium, and Premium SE models. Satellite navigation is built in to help you find any destination with no fuss, while the reversing camera gives you a clear view of what’s behind the SUV when parking.
There is one petrol engine available, a 132bhp 1.6-litre GDi Blue Drive unit with two-wheel drive. The engine will go from 0-60mph in around 11.5 seconds using six gears and 161Nm of torque at 4,850 rpm. A 116bhp 1.7-litre CRDi diesel and five versions of Hyundai’s 2.0-litre diesel make up the rest of the range. The quickest is the 2.0-litre four-wheel drive with 136bhp and 400Nm of torque which completes 0-60mph in approximately 9.5 seconds. Impressively high fuel consumption of up to 61.7mpg combined will attract the money-conscious to the 1.7-litre diesel which also emits 119g/km of CO2.
Hyundai’s all-new Tucson is available from Westover Hyundai today. Get to know it by calling or enquiring with our Poole or Salisbury dealership to arrange a test drive.
Prices start from £25,495 for the Tucson Sport Edition. The sport edition slots between the SE and the Nav Premium and has the following key features over the SE Nav: