The Hyundai ix35 is gone and the Tucson name is back in its place. With better exterior styling, a revised interior and a massive boot, the Tucson is here to stay.
The Hyundai Tucson is available with a choice of three 4 cylinder diesel engines. These include the 1.6 GDI, 1.7 CRDI and 2.0 CRDI. All engines come with a 6-speed manual gearbox with the option of a 6-speed automatic with the 2.0 CRDI. The 2.0 litre option gets a healthy 140bhp and is the punchiest engine option. All engines deliver good economy, particularly the 1.6 and 1.7 option as these are only two-wheel-drive. The 2.0 CRDI is a four-wheel-drive configuration. While this may improve traction off-road, it’s not the best for economy on road where a crossover SUV like the Tucson is likely to spend most of its life.
The Tucson is very well damped and rides over everyday lumps and bumps without ever really feeling much. The body structure of the Tucson has been improved significantly over the ix35 that it replaces meaning its stiffer, so there is much less evidence of body roll in the corners. The 6-speed manual is a pleasure to use and while the steering might feel a little vague while cruising on the motorway, working your way through the gears on country B road can be quite a bit of fun. The Tucson is probably one of the more family crossovers to drive.
The Hyundai Tucson is a striking looking SUV with large and aggressive front end and bulged wheel arches. You can even specify 19 inch alloy wheels which really look the part and don’t effect ride quality to much either. The Tucson is available in five trim levels, Comfort, Comfort Plus, Executive, Premium and Premium Plus. Entry levels are well kitted out however with a touch screen infotainment system, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic lights and air conditioning. As you move up the trims you get more toys like parking sensors and electric seats.
The Hyundai Tucson certainly feels like the game has been upped as the replacement of the ix35. There is a nice use of quality materials and a sleek dashboard design with the overall fit giving a robust feel to it. The dashboard has a less fussy design to it than the ix35 with all of the controls and switchgear being quick and easy to locate. It may not quite ooze the flair of some its competitors like the Ford Kuga but it is still a very nice place to be.
The Hyundai Tucson is a very safe car scoring a full 5/5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash test. That is admirable score considering testing has been made more stringent in recent months. It gets a good level of safety kit as standard too with a full complement of airbags, electronic stability control, traction control and ISO-FIX child seat mountings in the rear seats. As you move up the levels, standard safety tech increases too with features like blind spot detection, autonomous emergency braking and rear cross alert.
The Hyundai Tucson is brilliant on space. It has more than enough leg and headroom for three adults across the back seat. The rear doors also open wide for getting in and out with ease and to allow easy loading of kids into child seats. The boot is impressive too with a large 513 litres which is bigger than many of its competitors like the Ford Kuga, Skoda Yeti and Nissan Qashqai. The rear seats also fold with a 60/40 split to create a massive 1503 litres of space in the rear cabin.