It has been a while since we have reviewed a Hyundai model, a couple of years in fact and as such it was great to be given the keys to this all new Hyundai Tucson when at Monaghan Brothers in Lisnaskea one day doing a few reviews and dealer profile – read these articles here [Ford Mustang] | [Ford Ranger] | [Dealer Profile]
The Tucson is a direct replacement for the ever popular IX35 which is seen in most streets and driveways throughout the country and for good reason as it was a very affordable, practical and reliable small SUV.
This SE model tested is finished in Ara Blue metallic paint which in the sun light is absolutely stunning with alloy wheels coming as standard on the SE while this test car has optional chrome side steps fitted to aid the looks.
A large open grill at the front is winged by headlamps that sweep up into the front wings while LED daytime running lights and fog lamps fill each lower corner of the front bumper. Around the rear there is parking sensors and a roof spoiler.
Hyundai’s new Tucson is a pleasant looking vehicle overall that is high enough to get in and out of with extreme ease but at the same time is somewhat car like as unlike many SUV’s you don’t have to climb in and fall out, but at the same time you have to fall in and climb out like many cars.
The boot offers more than average space, enough room for a large pram, couple of suitcases and with split/fold rear seats there is a van like loading area that is enormous with the seats folded flat.
A retractable luggage cover will keep your contents safe, sound and out of sight when parked up overnight for example and under the boot floor is a full size spare wheel. Inside the main cabin of the Tucson is a spacious affair also.
Plenty of rear leg and height room is available with ISOFIX child seat fixing points, whilst the comfortable enough front seats on this SE model are heated. This model has a blue/black cloth upholstery mix which works well against the colour of the car.
The dash is a fantastic looking shape and well laid out however materials are a little hard looking in my opinion and another small complaint would be that the front seats could do with more bolster support, however i am used to driving a car with sports seats so this is just something i personally like in a car now.
Privacy is helped with rear tinted windows and comfort is aided with dual climate control whilst ease of driving can be achieved via the cruise control which is operated with buttons on the steering wheel.
I found that in my comfortable driving position, it was a little bit of a stretch to operate the stereo built into the dash centre. This system offers USB, aux and Bluetooth connectivity along with radio and dab radio. In the real world though there is little need to stretch to the radio as it can be controlled from the steering wheel.
Engine wise this Tucson tested is equipped with the 1.7CRDi diesel unit with auto stop/start technology producing 116bhp and 280lb/ft with 0-60mph in just 13.7 seconds. It goes reasonably well for what it is and is perfect for school runs as well as long motorway jaunts with the cruise activated. A 2L engine is also available with two power outputs for those who want that extra little grunt.
Driving wise, the Tucson has a little body roll as expected from such a vehicle and corners safely with the steering being a little vague, speaking of which, the steering has two modes, normal and sport. The model tested was front wheel drive with the option of four wheel drive available.
The overall drive of the Tucson really is effortless and enjoyable enough and it is also equipped with hill decent control. A vast improvement on the IX35 i must admit and with a five year unlimited mileage warranty from Hyundai this really is a thinking persons vehicle.
Pricing from just £18,995 (£22,345 for the model tested) and annual tax from £30/annum it is definitely one to look for within the segment and the team at Monaghan Brothers will certainly go over and above to get the right car and deal for you.
Words & Photos: Graham Curry