The Hyundai Tucson was launched late last year, and is therefore one of the latest small SUVs to consider buying. Our motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, has been testing the top-spec Premium SE Tucson.
Opening the doors of the Hyundai Tucson takes you into a cabin that doesn’t quite tally with the superior looking body. The leather seating is smart, but other interior materials are short of top-quality, and the general design seems faintly dated. However, this is still a Hyundai, so anyone envisaging top-exec-car cabin build quality is looking in the wrong vehicle segment. So, while the quality of the interior might not be like a German executive car’s, the Hyundai Tucson feels rock-solid. Yes, we’ve no uncertainties over the Tucson’s build quality here, but if that’s not enough, there is a five-year unrestricted mileage warranty, too.
Being a family focused car, the Hyundai Tucson is spacious enough for three children in their booster seats across the rear bench, no problem. And, on the subject of the room, the Hyundai Tucson has a notable boot loading volume of 488 litres – enough for a buggy or two, and the weekly shopping.
The 2.0-litre turbo diesel, under review here, produces 185PS. Acceleration is good with this clout under the bonnet – the Hyundai Tucson achieves zero to 62mph in 9.5-seconds. That’s pretty impressive for a reasonably heavy sport utility vehicle (SUV).
Fuel efficiency is okay, too, but it isn’t exactly setting the world ablaze. Anticipate in the vicinity of 40mpg for this particular Tucson. Carbon dioxide emissions are 170g/km CO2.
The 2.0-litre diesel Hyundai Tucson is available with two gearbox options, a six-speed manual, and the one we drove – a seven speed dual-clutch automatic. It uses dual-clutch tech, but the gearbox isn’t the most responsive of transmissions and can occasionally seem a tad sluggish. That said, an automatic unit does go well with the overall feel of the Tucson more than the manual ‘box.
SUVs are some of the most comfortable vehicles on the road these days. The Hyundai Tucson is no different, riding very well on our patchy British roads. Indeed, it’s an easy car to spend a lot of time travelling in. The four-wheel drive system, which was fitted to our Hyundai Tuscon Premium SE 2.0 CRDi 185PS Auto 4WD, doesn’t make it mountain-ready, but those living in rural areas might find it valuable during winter, or for attacking the occasional muddy trail.
The compact SUV segment is a complex and highly competitive market, and the Hyundai Tucson certainly has its place within it. It’s right in the centre of the SUV pack, not quite offering any arguments that it’s the best, but, significantly, it’s doing more than enough to side-step being a poor choice. It also scored the full five stars in crash tests, so, whatever the case, the Hyundai Tucson is a family vehicle that you and your kids will be happy and safe in.
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Pros ‘n’ Cons
- Looks √
- Power √
- Cabin Room √
- Boot Space √
- Gearbox X
Fast Facts (Premium SE 2.0 CRDi 185PS Auto 4WD)
- Max speed: 125 mph
- 0-62 mph: 9.5 secs
- Combined mpg: 43.5
- Engine layout: 1995cc 4-cylinder turbo diesel
- Max. power (PS): 185
- CO2: 170 g/km
- Price: £32,700 (Approx.)