Tucson Premium SE 2.0 CRDi 4WD Auto
is the demand by customers
for SUVs and Crossovers
medium and large
who have never had an SUV in their
line-up, and others who have, are all
busy introducing new or refreshed
SUVS AND CROSSOVERS now represent the best-selling sector in the European new
car market (and the third best selling sector in the UK, where last year sales
increased by 21%), so Hyundai's recently introduced all-new Tucson range, which
replaces their popular mid-sized SUV, the ix35, is clearly in the right place
at the right time.
Reflecting the wide range of prices (from £18,995 to £32,695) there is a substantial
number of different models. Current engine choices are 1.6 GDI petrol or 1.7
and 2.0-litre CRDi turbodiesels with power outputs from 114 up to 182bhp. Depending
on the engine chosen there are 2WD and 4WD options, manual and automatic transmission
choices and a wide range of specification levels.
in the UK demand is already strong for the new five-seater Tucson: early sales
reportedly make it the brand's current top-seller, with 13,000 already registered
well ahead of the predicted 9,000 sales.
in the UK
demand is already strong
for the new mid-sized
early sales reportedly
make it the brands
current top-seller, with
13,000 already registered
well ahead of the
predicted 9,000 sales...
The new Tucson has been designed and engineered in Europe and is built at the
South Korean carmaker's Czech Republic facility and comes with Hyundai's highly-valued
five-year/unlimited mileage warranty.
Rivals include the industry's best-selling Nissan Qashqai followed by the Mazda
CX-5, Renault Kadjar, Peugeot 3008, new Toyota RAV4, Ford Kuga, new VW Tiguan,
Honda HR-V, new Suzuki Vitara, Mitsubishi ASX, Land Rover Discovery Sport, BMW
X1/X3 and Audi Q3/Q5. And not forgetting the Tucson's other family member, from
Kia the slightly cheaper (£17,465 to £31,645) new Sportage.
The most noticeable thing about the Tucson is its imposing exterior size: measuring
4,475mm nose-to-tail it fronts-up with a very attractive face dominated by a
hexagonal grille flanked by sleek, swept-back LED headlight units. The front
bumper incorporates neat LED daytime running lights and the overall appearance
highlights its wide track.
To the side is the now commonplace rising waistline, deep sculptured door panels
and a coupe-style roofline which even though it slopes down doesn't restrict
headroom for back seat passengers. At the rear is a substantial wide-opening
tailgate (electrically operated on the Premium SE) which gives easy access to
a 513-litre boot.
Should you opt to have a spare wheel stored beneath the boot floor instead of
a tyre inflation kit, the boot capacity reduces slightly, to 488 litres. With
the 60:40 split rear seats folded the loadbay is a practical 1,503 litres (1,478
with the spare wheel option). For the record, the Tucson will tow a braked 1,900kg.
First impressions of the Tucson's interior is again about size: it's roomy front
and rear, with plenty of width and good headroom. The seats are comfortable
with lots of powered adjustment, and the dash logically laid-out and there's
also plenty of steering column adjustment, all of which contributes to a good
driving position. In the back cabin there's ample room for three adults and
the low-level transmission tunnel doesn't cramp foot space for a third in the
trim has various textures and generally all of it looks neat and well-fitted
although some of the plastics are hard to the touch and look prone to scuff
marks. My test version had leather upholstery which looked nice but whether
it was 'real' leather or a cheaper manufactured type I'm still not sure. The
front seats are heated and also have a fan-assisted cooling function.
impressions of the
Tucsons interior is also
about size its roomy
front and rear, with
plenty of width and good
headroom. The heated and cooled seats are
comfortable with plenty
of powered adjustment,
the dash is logically
laid-out and the driving
And in the back theres
ample room for three
Even the entry-level S trim includes good things such as DAB digital radio,
Bluetooth, AirCon, auto lights, power windows and mirrors, and 16-inch alloys.
The spec gets loaded further as you go up the range, with larger wheels, an
8-inch touchscreen, reversing camera, TomTom navigation with live services,
real-time road speed sign recognition, and lane keeping assist.
Additions to the Premium and Premium SE models include 19-inch alloy wheels,
a heated steering wheel, heated back seats, keyless entry, automatic wipers,
front parking sensors, smart parking assist (for auto transmission versions),
a panoramic sunroof with an electric tilt and slide facility, rear cross traffic
alert, autonomous emergency braking, and blind spot detection.
Special praise goes to the excellent SatNav: it's live, it's fast, it's easy
to use, reliable, and above all informative a definite must-have
item. Praise too for the driver aid systems, in particular the blind spot detection
facility that's really useful as the rear-quarter visibility is limited.
With the all-new platform and suspension system tuned for European roads, even
the worst of British road surfaces didn't unduly unsettle the Tucson's composed
handling. The suspension is set up to give a softer ride but even that didn't
induce any noticeable body-roll during cornering or fore and aft pitching accelerating
Only the steering lacked feedback; that said, it was precise enough. The 4WD
system provides 100% of the drive to the front wheels most of the time, with
up to 50% sent automatically to the rear wheels if front-end grip is reduced.
The traction control cornering function combines with the variable torque distribution
so in the event of front-end understeer, higher torque is sent to the rear axle
to improve cornering grip. There is also a 4WD Lock setting which locks the
front:rear torque delivery 50:50 for off-road travel.
When it comes to the choice of engine, whilst the 114bhp 1.7-litre turbodiesel
unit is likely to prove the most popular because of its lower purchase cost
and reduced emissions, it is reported to be lack-lustre in performance.
the 134bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel tested here is a refined unit with plenty of
poke and a healthy 275lb ft of torque on tap from just 1,500rpm. Paired with
the six-speed autobox, power delivery is progressive with smooth up/down changes
and a Sport button that sharpens both engine and gearbox responses.
turbodiesel is a refined
unit with plenty of poke.
Paired with the six-speed
autobox, power delivery
is progressive with
changes and a Sport
mode that sharpens both
engine and gearbox
Top speed is 114mph and zero to 62mph takes 12 seconds and while that's not
class-leading it is more than adequate for most people's needs.
The official Combined Cycle fuel consumption is 47.1mpg and on a long motorway
journey the 2.0-litre recorded 42.7mpg, which reduced to an overall average
of 38.4mpg after more local driving trips. The CO2 emissions are a high 160g/km
which means an annual £180 road tax bill. Company car drivers will also pay
a high 32% Benefit-in-Kind tax.
A word to the wise choosing a manual transmission with 4WD instead
of the auto gearbox will significantly reduce tax-incurring CO2 emissions to
139g/km, road tax to £130, and BIK to 27%. It also reduces the price by £1,500.
If a mid-sized SUV is your choice of vehicle and there is a fast-growing
number of new customers who want one the handsome, comfortably
riding and good-to-drive Tucson has to be considered for its road presence,
interior space, high levels of equipment and long warranty. Some versions are
also very competitively priced although care should be taken on exactly what
model is chosen; not just on purchase cost but on running costs as well.
Hyundai Tucson Premium SE 2.0 CRDi 4WD Auto
Maximum speed: 114mph | 0-62mph: 12 seconds | Test Average: 38.4mpg
Power: 134bhp | Torque: 275lb ft | CO2: 160g/km