Hyundai Tucson Profile
When the respected car website Auto Express reviewed the Hyundai Tucson they praised its style, size, driveability, comfort, and five year unlimited mileage warranty before summing the car up by saying the Tucson “covers all the bases any family could ask of it”. That is an impressive endorsement so now it is time to get to know the Tucson a little better.
What Is It?
The Hyundai Tucson is a mid-sized SUV. It has a name that has been used before, but was replaced by the ix35 in 2009. Now the Hyundai Tucson is taking over again, but this is more than just a name change. It is bigger and it has more premium features than not only the ix35, but also similar sized cars made by other manufacturers. Here are some of the highlights.
A lot of the design inspiration for the Tucson has come from its much-loved big brother, the Sante Fe. It has beautiful curves and a big and bold front grille. It also has rugged looking wheel arches and comes with alloy wheels as standard.
It looks good from the outside but it is on the inside where you really get a feel for the luxury of the design. Firstly there is a sense of space, while the dashboard is well laid out. All the dials and buttons are nicely designed, plus they are in easy-to-reach, logical locations.
Because of the size three adults can easily sit comfortably in the back seats. The height will also appeal to people who like to have a bit more visibility on the road, as well as making it easier to get in and out.
The boot is also big. In fact it is one of the biggest in this class of vehicles from any manufacturer. In addition the rear seats fold down into the boot floor giving you an impressive 1,500 litres of space.
When Hyundai were making the Tucson they spent time in the UK to make sure they got it right for those types of roads. As our roads in Ireland are similar we have benefited from this too.
The resulting ride is smooth with good suspension that easily handles the bumps and grooves of most roads. The steering and brakes are responsive, the gear changes are smooth, and it handles effectively.
Equipment and Models
Five models are available:
- Tucson Comfort
- Tucson Comfort Plus
- Tucson Executive
- Tucson Premium
- Tucson Premium Plus
In terms of engines there is a 132bhp 1.6 petrol, a 136bhp 2 litre diesel, and a 115bhp 1.7 litre diesel.
The standard specification includes air conditioning, rear fog lights, TFT LCD screen for the radio, Bluetooth, USB port, auxiliary port, and roof rack. There are also a number of driving aids included as standard such as cruise control, parking assistance, and speed limiter. Lots more equipment is available further up the range including sat-nav, heated seats, autonomous emergency braking, and more.
If you want an affordable mid-size SUV that has premium styling, levels of comfort, and equipment, the Hyundai Tucson is for you.