Hyundai Tucson First Drive Review

Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson Overview

It seems Hyundai can’t put a foot wrong. Every car they have launched in the past 6-7 years has further cemented their position in the highly competent Indian market. Now in form of the Tucson, they seem to have yet another winner up their sleeve. What works in its favour further is that it doesn’t have competition either. The first generation of this SUV, which was launched in 2005 didn’t taste much success and was discontinued after five years of struggle and the second gen of the SUV which was launched globally in 2009 never made it to our shores. Now high on confidence, the Korean manufacturer is back with the third generation of the Tucson and on first impression it definitely looks like a winner. Apply car loan for Hyundai Tucson.

Hyundai Tucson Look

The all-new Hyundai Tucson exterior carries forward Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 Design Philosophy with utmost elegance and charm. The front fascia flaunts the bold Hyundai signature hexagonal front grille, flanked by the first-in-segment dual barrel LED headlamps. There is a wing-shaped horizontal bar at the front bumper, along with the LED daytime running lights, which take the styling quotient to a whole new level. The rear end boasts of a sleek LED tail-lamp cluster and twin chrome exhaust pipes.

Just so you know, Hyundai Tucson also gets first-in-segment fog lamps with LED DRLs, while riding on 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. As for the dimensions, the SUV measures 4475 mm in length, 1850 mm in width and 1660 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2670 mm. It would be available in 5 paint schemes.

Hyundai Tucson Comfort

Following a fairly long stint behind the wheel, we can say that the Tucson’s cabin is a nice place to spend time in. The dual-tone dashboard may not be terribly exciting to look at but in that typical Hyundai fashion, its superbly put together and well laid out too. Most of the interior is lined in quality fabrics and soft-touch plastics which help create an ambience worthy of the Tucson’s price tag.

Some might view the lack of sharp creases and contours inside the cabin as a sign of lesser quality but that’s certainly not the case here. The simple and effective way in which the interior has been designed ensures the Tucson is always relaxing to drive. Speaking of relaxing, the front seats are near perfect when it comes to width and under thigh support. Covered in quality leather trim, they are comfortable and supple enough without being too soft. At 2670mm, the Tucson has an impressively long wheelbase for its size and this shows in the second row. The rear legroom is akin to some of the full-size SUVs and the rear bench itself is generously accommodating. In order to liberate more headroom, Hyundai has set the rear bench quite low though it’s not to the point that it is uncomfortable. What’s uncomfortable though is the rear middle seat comfort, partly due to the hard backrest and partly because of a big hump in the central tunnel. The wide opening boot, meanwhile, is rated at 513-litres with all the seats in place. If you ask us it’s easily enough for a family’s worth of luggage for a weekend away.

Being a premium Hyundai, the Tucson is generously equipped. Even the entry-level variant gets electrically foldable ORVMs, automatic headlamps, puddle lamps, cruise control and Hyundai’s new eight inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay.

As for the top-spec variant, there’s LED headlamps, LED static bending lights, dual-zone climate control, 10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, electric tailgate and an electronic parking brake as well. Hyundai hasn’t skimped on safety either, with standard kit including electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, hill assist and downhill brake assist, besides 6 airbags and ABS with EBD. Oddly enough, there are no automatic wipers or a sunroof – features that are available in less expensive Hyundai models. For more details on Hyundai Tucson visit Icassp2003

Hyundai Tucson Gearbox

Like the rest of the car, the 2.0-litre diesel engine is all-new too. The new 1995cc four cylinder turbocharged unit is good for 183bhp and 400Nm of healthy torque from as low as 1750rpm. It gets a new Bosch injection system which operates at a higher 2000bar pressure and it also features e-VGT to reduce the amount of turbo lag. It is coupled to the same 6-speed automatic transmission found on the Elantra, but is upgraded for quicker response and fuel efficiency.

The first thing you notice as soon as you start this motor, is that it definitely feels noisier than the smaller 1.6-litre unit in the Elantra. But it still feels quieter than the 2.0-litre diesel mill found on VW group cars. Step on the gas and the immediate responses of the engine are impressive. The Tucson accelerates in an extremely linear manner and this makes it great for in town use. Even on the highway it is deceptively quick, whisking you forward from as little as 1800rpm and it’s only when you look at the speedo that you realise that you’re going much faster than you anticipated. The strong midrange also makes overtaking easy and this makes for a good long distance car.

The upgraded 6-speed auto is willing too. It feels light on its foot and ready to downshift whenever the need arises. You also get driving modes standard in the top-of-the-line GLS variant. In Eco mode, the gearbox keeps the engine in the highest gear possible to aid fuel efficiency. But even then, the surplus of torque makes this mode usable in all driving conditions. In Sport mode the gearbox keeps the engine at high revs and the throttle response is more immediate too. But in this mode the engine becomes a bit too vocal and unless you are in the mood to drive fast, the Eco mode works better. The torquey nature of the motor is confirmed by our Vbox timing gear. In the sprint to 100kmph, the Tucson posted a brisk figure of 8.73 seconds.

Thanks to the rigid chassis, we were expecting good dynamics from this Hyundai SUV. At low speeds, thanks to the soft suspension setup the Tucson gobbles deepest of potholes with ease. Light controls, great sound insulation and quiet suspension further add to the stress-free nature of the Tucson. Up the speed however and the limitations of the Tucson’s dynamic envelope comes to the fore. Though high speed stability is very good, the softly-sprung Tucson does tend to bounce (especially at the rear) and also tends to roll a fair bit when driven fast. On a twisty section you’d wish the Tucson’s steering offered more feel too.

Hyundai Tucson Riding

In the handling department, the Tucson lacks the hunkered-down, car-like vigour of the Honda CR-V. The lightly weighted steering feels best around town but feels vague around the straight-ahead position. Overall, the steering reaction is consistent, if slow, at high speeds. As for the all-important ride quality, the low speed ride is plush and absorbent even on bad roads. However, up the pace and it’s a whole different story – the Tucson tends to bounce over undulations and requires a second or two to settle. We suspect much of this is down to the softer suspension setup. And because it is softly sprung, the Tucson doesn’t react very well to mid-corner undulations either as the rear-end feels skittish at higher speeds. Book Hyundai Tucson Test Drive.

Hyundai Tucson Safety

Hyundai Tucson has received the highest 5-star safety rating from the EURO NCAP in 2015, and it won the Top Safety Pick+ Award 2016 in the USA from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). As for the safety features, it comes with 6 airbags, ESP with VSM, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), first-in-segment Downhill Brake Control (DBC), ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, reverse parking camera, height-adjustable front seatbelts, speed-sensing auto door lock, impact-sensing auto door unlock, 3-point ELR seatbelt, etc., to name a few.

Hyundai Tucson Price in Pune

Hyundai Tucson On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 22,25,265 to 32,60,051 for variants Tucson Nu 2.0 6 Speed Manual Base and Tucson R 2.0 6 Speed Automatic GLS respectively. Hyundai Tucson is available in 5 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Tucson variants price in Pune. Check for Tucson price in Pune at Autozhop.

Hyundai Tucson Bottomline

On the whole, the Tucson doesn’t have much to offer enthusiasts but it makes a great choice as a family car. With the Honda CRV being its only rival, the fact that the Tucson gets a powerful diesel motor option makes it a much more tempting buy. It gets loads of kit too and does look rather special. Priced in between Rs 18.99 lakh (petrol M/T) to Rs 24.99 lakh (GLS diesel A/T) the Tucson slots right in between the smaller Creta and the premium Santa Fe. With rivals like the Volkswagen Tiguan still some time away, the Tucson has a clear road ahead to be yet another success story for Hyundai. It does have some limitations yet it works really well as a family car. So the Hyundai Tucson isn’t a SUV to die for but it’s also a product you can’t go wrong with.

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