Rugged looks, a vast interior and a selection of excellent petrol and diesel engines make the new third-generation Hyundai Tucson a match for any vehicle in the highly competitive medium SUV class. Eagerly awaited after its debut appearance at the Geneva Motor Show 2015, this model is a superb replacement for the outgoing ix35.
The Tucson makes an immediate impression with its imposing bonnet and a wide, hexagonal front grille comprised of three thick dark-silver or chrome-effect bars. The high window line emphasises the hefty, rugged look of the outer bodywork, and the look is completed by the sleek headlights, LED taillights, a rear skid plate, and sleek 15”, 17” or 19” alloy wheels.
At 4475mm long and 1850mm wide, and with a 2670mm wheelbase, the Tucson is compact enough for everyday use whilst allowing its passengers to relax in a commodious and well-appointed interior. The luggage capacity of 488 litres can extend to as much as 1478 litres with the rear seats folded forward; the quality of the upholstery and materials and excellent insulation against wind, road and engine noise, meanwhile, adds to the serene atmosphere of the cabin.
The Tucson is available in five different trim levels: S, SE SE Nav, Premium, and Premium SE. Even the entry-level S editions are furnished with such amenities as a DAB digital radio, Bluetooth functionality, air conditioning and 16” alloy wheels. A powered tailgate, parking assistance sensors and a sophisticated satellite navigation system are just some of the useful technological features available on the new Tucson. At the very top of the range, the Premium SE editions offer features including a heated steering wheel, panoramic sunroof and heated, ventilated seats.
Drivers have the choice of a 1.6 litre petrol engine and 1.7 litre or 2.0 litre diesel engines, each of them compliant with Euro 6 emissions regulations. The petrol motor comes in two editions, supplying 132PS and 177PS respectively; meanwhile the smaller 1.7 diesel delivers 116PS, whilst the 2.0 litre edition can offer either 136PS or 185PS. The more powerful petrol unit can thrust the Tucson from a standing start to 62mph in an impressive 9.1 seconds, whilst the smaller diesel powertrain returns fuel consumption and CO2 emissions as low as 61.7mpg and 119g/km.
A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, although drivers can also select a six- or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to make city driving easier. Models equipped with the petrol and the larger diesel engines also come with optional four-wheel drive capability.
All versions of the Tucson come with front, front/side and curtain airbags, along with a vast array of active safety features including ABS, Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist, an Electronic Stability Programme, and a Vehicle Stability Management System. Immobilisers are also standard to enhance security. More highly-specified models offer such extra measures as Autonomous Emergency Braking, which automatically depresses the brake pedal when its sensors determine that a low-speed collision is imminent, and a Lane Departure Warning system.
Boasting advanced technology, driving enjoyment and excellent practicality, the new Tucson is one of the best SUVs around. Get in touch with the helpful staff at our Reading or Basingstoke dealerships to find out more about the Tucson, or to book a test drive.