By now, a well-known silhouette on the road, the Hyundai Tucson has won over a large section of the SUV market in South Africa. Since launching their updated designed model in 2016 and winning the Women on Wheels Award for the best cross-over/SUV, the Tucson was also recently awarded Best Car for Long Distances in AutoTrader UK's Best new car Awards; an award given by consumers, not motoring media.
The exterior has a distinctly European style, with a confident stance and prominent front grille. The newest version also features distinctive rear exterior details with lighting that is not only aesthetically pleasing but enhances the driver's visibility. There is a very definite evolution in the look and feel of the SUV since its launch model.
The interior is spacious and ergonomically designed, with a redesign of the dashboard and controls, including a touch screen display, which seems to be the current interior fashion – not only more pleasing to look at, but more practical and in the driver’s eye line with the rest of the dashboard sinking away slightly, giving an even more spacious feel. Finishes are acceptable but not luxurious although the glove compartment is quite sizable, so are the cup holders and cubbyhole under the armrest. Wireless charging pads next to the USB socket are standard on Premium and Premium SE models, keeping in step with its competitors.
The Tucson is a fit-of-purpose SUV that makes this class more accessible to consumers, especially as everyday family cars with extra SUV handling and lots of space. As an SUV it doesn't corner sharply but handles respectfully while still providing a smooth ride over bumps in the road. Even the new hybrid option is seamless practicality and the start-stop system is quick and responsive. The top-of-the-range 2.0 CRDi model performs at 183 brake horsepower (bhp) and is equipped with all-wheel drive functionality. The vehicle is by no means a fully off-road vehicle and doesn't pretend to offer that functionality. The top economical range is the 2.0-litre diesel engine is by far the most economical at between 5,6 – 7 litres per 100 kilometres.
The Tucson doesn’t propose to be sporty; it is a multi-functional vehicle that will perform ably from school-runs to breakfasts runs. It is spacious, functional and comfortable with understated refinement has made it a tough contender in this class and an affordable favourite with South African consumers.