The first Hyundai Tucson rolled off the production line 16 years ago and became the Korean marque’s best-selling SUV after garnering global sales of over 7 million.

For the local market, the first generation of the SUV positioned the Hyundai brand in a segment that South Africans have come to be fond of. With that said, 15,346 units of the third generation Tucson have found homes across South Africa.

Now in its fourth generation, the new Hyundai Tucson has finally landed in South Africa to rival the likes of the Volkswagen Tiguan, Kia Sportage, Renault Koleos and Nissan X-Trail.

New Design Identity

The new Hyundai Tucson follows the automaker’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design identity that is also worn by the latest products within the Hyundai banner. It features what Hyundai calls parametric jewels which are displayed on the front grille.

The front end is equipped with Parametric Hidden Lights as well as LED Daytime Running Lights that are seamlessly integrated into the grille. At the back, the new Hyundai Tucson gets wide tail lamps with parametric hidden light details with a 3D effect. The new Tucson can be had in seven exterior shades such as Shimmering Silver, Silky Bronze, Phantom Black, White Cream, Crimson Red and Deep Sea.

Hyundai Tucson Side and Rearview

Saddling Inside

To begin with, the new Hyundai Tucson comes in three trim levels; Premium, Executive and Elite all with distinct features. Hyundai says Tucson is the first model in its product lineup to feature hidden type Multi-Air Mode technology.

The range-topping Hyundai Tucson in Elite guise comes fitted with three-zone climate control that also caters for rear passengers, and ventilated and heated front seats. The Premium derivative features a cloth seat covering, while the Executive and Elite variants have artificial leather seats. For enhanced digital experience, the new Hyundai Tucson boasts fewer buttons and knobs so all functions can now be controlled via the Navigation touchscreen that fills the centre of the car. There is also a lower instrument display that comes courtesy of a 10.25” digital cluster.

Space and Dimensions

In terms of dimensions, the new Hyundai is 150 mm longer, 15 mm wider and has a wheelbase that has been stretched by 85 mm than its forebear. That has resulted in improved legroom, headroom and increased boot space. The booth space now measures 539-litres with the seats up and up to 1,860-litres with the seats folded, thanks to rear seats that can be folded forward in a 60:40 ratio.

Comfort and Convenience

The range of comfort features available in the new Tucson includes Multi-Air Mode, three-zone automatic climate control and heated front seats, and ventilated front seats for the Executive and Elite derivatives. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard across the range as well as the 8-inch Display Audio. There is also a premium sound system, wireless charging pad, and front and rear USB ports. The range-topping Elite models get a panoramic glass sunroof as standard.

Hyundai Tucson Interior

Safety

In the safety fold, the new Hyundai Tucson comes standard with passive and active safety features such as a six-airbag system plus ISOFIX latching points.

As part of Hyundai’s latest SmartSense active safety and driving assistance features, the new Hyundai Tucson Executive derivative comes fitted with Blind-spot Collision Warning, and Rear Cross-traffic Alert. The Elite variants add Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Follow Assist, Smart Cruise Control, Rear Cross-traffic Collision Assist, Rear Cross-traffic Alert, Fatigue Detection/Driver Attention Warning and High Beam Assist.

Engine Options

Powering the new Hyundai Tucson range are two four-cylinder engines; a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol with 115 kW and 192 Nm and a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine with 137 kW and 416 Nm sent to the front axle. The 2.0-litre petrol unit is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission in the Premium, Executive and Elite variants. The 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine with an eight-speed transmission also powers the top of the range Elite model. All four models feature four drive modes – Eco, Smart, Normal and Sport.

Fuel Consumption

The Hyundai Tucson with the naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine returns 8.9l/100 km while the sole 2.0-litre turbodiesel uses 7.9l/100 km.

Pricing and Warranty

Tucson 2.0 NU Premium AT R519,900

Tucson 2.0 NU Executive AT R569,900

Tucson 2.0 NU Elite AT R634,900

Tucson R2.0 Elite Turbodiesel AT R699,900

All-new Hyundai Tucsons are sold with a 7-year/200 000 km manufacturer’s warranty, a 6-year/90 000 km service plan and roadside assistance for 7 years or 150 000 km.

What we like: Design on point, Improved specifications, Great service plan and warranty

What we don’t like: No turbocharged petrol variant

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