The Car: Hyundai Tucson
Overview of The Car: A stylish and comfortable car available with a wide variety of engines and 2 or 4 wheel drive options. Great for long journeys, chocked full of gadgets and tech that help to make it a good contender in the ever-growing SUV market.
The folks over at Hyundai UK got in touch recently and asked if I wanted to zoom around in one of their motors…naturally that got a big old yes and they sent me their super sexy SUV, the Hyundai Tucson Premium SE 2.0 CRDi 185PS.
The Tucson has made a bold return to the UK, with the model name last gracing an SUV in 2009 - which was then replaced by the ix35. After a few years of rest, Hyundai have brought back the Tucson better than ever to sit just below its sibling, the larger Santa Fe…it’s even pinched some of the Santa Fe’s sleek and imposing styling features.
The Tucson Premium SE model I have been driving is pretty much everything you could need in a luxury SUV right now and it certainly throws down the gauntlet when it comes to features. It boasts a huge panoramic sunroof, a simple to navigate 8” entertainment and nav system and it can even parallel park for you. It’s basically got everything you could want to use, plus just a little bit more. There’re so many cars in the Tucson's category that it needs to compete with such as the Honda CR-V and the Ford Kuga but I really think it holds its own - it’s big, it’s comfortable and the choice of manual or auto, 2 or 4 wheel drive plus 10 different paint options makes sure it’ll suit a wide variety of people…plus it’s got a really great look, the big headlights and bold lines are sure to get you noticed.
The convenience additions to this model come as standard, the reversing camera and front and rear sensors help you slot this beast into the tightest of spaces without scratching it, it’s got a fantastically spacious power-assisted boot which is perfect for when your hands are full, plus the lack of any lip makes it easy to slide larger items in and out! In the cabin, there’s plenty of headroom and leg room, even if you’re gangly and tall like myself, the back of the car also has plenty of room which is more than spacious enough for three additional adults, the Premium SE has heated seats throughout, even in the back which means no more moans of being cold again.
Okay, so that’s all well and good but what’s going on under the bonnet? The model I was given has a high-powered 2.0 litre engine with an auto transmission - it’s great for long journeys and pulls the car pretty well, I was, however getting infuriated with the auto’s kick down feature which proved on many occasions to be laggy enough to deter you from overtaking, because you just don't feel confident that you’re going to get that boost of acceleration that you need. Whilst on the negatives, the dash finish should be much smoother, it feels and sounds like a cheap moulded plastic, from a car of this quality you’d expect something with a better finish. If you’re going to be having kids in the back then power sockets are a must…unfortunately whilst the Tucson is equipped with two in the front, there’s lack of any sockets in the back which to me seems like a huge oversight for a car of this calibre.
In general, it’s a nice car - it’s got a nice steady suspension so you don't feel like you’re bouncing your way down the road. The drive is relatively smooth and comfortable and you’ve got a host of great features and additions that are sure to impress. It’s a bit laggy when you go to pull away and that can be seriously annoying. The overall quality inside the cabin is good, whilst the dash could be better, the feel of the seats, the buttons and the touch screen display are all actually pretty good premium quality.
Would I buy it?
I definitely think I would buy the Tucson myself - overall it’s an impressive car. Prices start from £18,995 for the very base model…I would likely go for one of the higher spec models to get some of the extra gadgetry. The Premium SE model that I was given is priced at a pretty whopping £32,695 OTR and depending on the amount of cash I have, I might even opt for the slightly cheaper top of the range, fully loaded Ford Kuga Titanium X Sport.