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Hyundai Tucson
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Customer Rating
: 4/5
Expert Rating
: 8/10
Warranty
: 3 Yrs / Unlimited Kms Warranty, 30,000 Km Free Maitenance, 3 Years Road Side Assistance, / 4th Year Extended Warranty for Hyundai Loyal Customers (Whichever is earlier)
Ex-showroom price in 
Delhi
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18 Lakhs-25.44 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Stylish Demeanour
  • Good Performance
  • Automatic Convenience
  • Spacious Cabin

Weak Areas

  • Mediocre Handling
  • Average Ride Quality
  •  Pricey Proposition
  • No Third-Row
     
Hyundai Tucson
 
 

Hyundai Tucson Expert Review

After almost a decade the Hyundai Tucson returns to Indian market where there has been a recent spurt in the demand for compact SUVs. Read on for a review of the design, features and the diesel automatic’s performance.


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The Hyundai Tucson has made a comeback to India. We saw its first generation about 10 years ago but the sales were slow and it could not survive for long in the segment. Hyundai decided not to bring the second generation of this SUV here.

 
                 Hyundai Tucson

 

Things have changed since then and now that there are buyers for cars in this category, the Korean manufacturer has decided to bring it back. The success of Creta that costs almost 16 lakhs shows that Tucson too can enter the booming market. Tucson fits well into the SUV portfolio of Hyundai. It will occupy the space between Creta and Santa Fe. 
 
And what are the engine options available?

Diesel: 1995 cc, 4 cylinder turbo that generates 182.4 bhp at 4000 rpm and 40.78 kgm of torque at 1750-2750 rpm

Petrol: 1999 cc, 4 cylinder dual VTVT that generates 152.8 bhp at 6200 rpm and 19.57 kgm of torque at 4000 rpm

The engines are mated to 6 speed manual and automatic transmission.  


The External Impression 

Designed to look like baby Santa Fe, the Tucson has been ordained with features that instantly strike you. The large hexagonal chrome grille with three slats is flanked by stretched back headlamps. And these headlamps are also very detailed with twin barrel LED clusters for low beams and halogen bulbs for the high beam. The DRLs inside this headlamp cluster make for the eyebrows of the car. Secondary daytime running lights are just below the fog lamps. The front bumper with its cuff plates enhances the sporty stance of Tucson. With this set up upfront, you can spot this Hyundai SUV from a good distance.

 
            Hyundai Tucson Chrome Finish Beltline

 

In the profile view the side skirts too get matte silver scuff plates that almost merge with silver body paint but look great with contrasting colour like wine red. Then there are 18-inch alloy wheels with diamond cut design and this has already been well-accepted in India on i20 and Creta. The wheel arches are big and beefed up. Major portion of the rear quarter glass has been blackened. From some angles the Tucson looks more like a crossover than a full fledged SUV. The length measures 4475 mm and its wheel base is 2670 mm.

 
              Tucson Dual Barrel LED Headlamp

 

As on the front, some elements on the rear too catch attention quickly. One of these is the set of twin trapezoidal exhaust tips that have been angled to complement the rear bumper. The lighting cluster of the tail lamps is also similar to the ones on headlamps. It has slim ling LEDs and LED brake lights. 
 
Hyundai Tucson has a ground clearance of 172 mm. It is 1650 mm tall and its width is 1850 mm. 
Cabin Story:


              Tucosn LED Rear Combination Lamps
 

You know you can only expect most premium elements of the segment when you step inside a Hyundai car. With regards to its cabin design and quality of materials, Tucson only takes the game forward from the Creta.  Its grey and beige (greige?) dashboard would have looked better if it was offered in a shade of black but it still feels nice with the layout and the highlight that have been put on the fascia. 

There are polished silver surrounds for the air con vents and the controls have glossy black outline. The touchscreen based infotainment system in the centre is easy to operate and its user interface is also friendly. The system comes with Android Auto as also Apple CarPlay. You can sync it with your phone smoothly. There are useful connectivity options with two 12 V power sockets on either side of USB and AUX ports. A 12 V socket is also provided in the luggage compartment.

Hyundai Tucson is equipped with parking sensors and rear view camera. It also gets cruise control. What’s more, it is supposedly intended for mass market but comes with electronic handbrake instead of conventional one. And that further means that there is more space on the centre console making way for extra storage area including 2 cup holders. The centre armrest in front also has stowage compartment and the glove box is cooled.

 
              Hyundai Tucosn Alloy Wheels

 

In the automatic version, Tucson will have drive mode button and hill hold assist switches just next to the electronic handbrake. The hatch door is electronic – it can be opened and closed with a button placed on the dashboard making it pretty convenient to use. The instrument console has familiar analogue dials that have a colour MID in between them. 

The front seats are comfortable with adequate back and lumbar support. Steering is adjustable for rake and it is easy to get into a comfortable driving position with seat adjustment (including lumbar adjustment). The seat offers a good view of the front. Internal rear view mirror is auto dimming and comes with digital compass. And the electrically adaptable outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs) get first heating function (a segment first) for keeping them clear in cold conditions.


In the rear part of the cabin you will find the high-positioned seats comfortable. Three adults can sit comfortably here. This 60:40 bench seat can be reclined for more comfort. The rear passengers also get AC vents. 

Hyundai has done well to provide a retractable roof mounted seatbelt instead of a simple lap unit.  Furthermore, it has given good thought in making a small nook in the middle seat so you can neatly tuck the seat belt buckle in if the seat is vacant or the belt is not in use.
          Tucson Unparalleled Convenience
The boot has capacity of 513 litres. It comes with retractable cover and the company is offering a full sized spare wheel instead of a space saver.


Engine, Transmission and Performance – Diesel 

Hyundai’s 2 litre diesel engine tuned for specs of 182.4 bhp and 40.78 kgm torque is mated to 6-speed automatic gearbox in the Tucson - this is an actual torque converter and not the AMT that is now finding its way into most other cars. A 6-speed manual gearbox option is also available for this engine but automatic is preferable in this segment. 

When you push start the engine, you will feel that it’s noisier than the 1.6 litre diesel engine from the outside. But Hyundai has worked well on the NVH factor and inside the cabin it is comparatively quiet with doors closed and windows rolled up.
             Tucson 6 Speed Manual Transmission
This engine has a linear distribution of power and is fairly free-revving but you will not like to cross 4000 rpm as the peak torque available there is good enough to enjoy the drive.

It may not be the fastest SUV in its segment but the 6-speed automatic transmission is a pleasure to use with its smooth shifts. It’s just when the car is coasting that the torque-converter does take a moment to respond to throttle inputs. And this is because it tries to drop revs to idle when you lift off the throttle. The transmission tends to re-engage when the driver gets back on the accelerator and this is what results in delay. This however is a fuel saving measure that persists in Eco as also in the Sport mode.
       6 Speed Manual Transmission
Let us look further into the two modes. The Eco mode makes the throttle response dulls and prompts the gearbox for early upshifts. In the Sport mode you get sharper responses to the throttle inputs and it helps the gearbox to hold the gears longer.

This model of Indian Tucson does not have paddle shifters but you can choose manual shifts through the gear selector. It may be mentioned here that the manual versions don’t have these modes but do have adjustment features for steering weight termed Flex Steer.


Ride and Handling 

Ride quality is a distinct positive as we review the Tucson. It can glide quite like European cars on smooth roads. It can also go over pot holes without hurting your back. Ride comfort is indeed admirable on both good and bad tarmac. There is a hint of cushiness in the ride but this SUV does not feel floaty with speed. It feels poised and settled at highway speeds.


           Steering Wheel Remote Controls
 

There is an overall balance between suppleness and body movement. Yes, it has body roll when you push it around corners but it is controlled. This anyways is not the kind of vehicle that you will want to push hard around the corners. You must drive it without testing its limits. 

Hyundai Tucson comes to Indian market with only front wheel drive although an AWD is expected around April 2017. Under hard acceleration in first gear, there will be some wheel spin and torque steer but traction control check it soon.

Steering feel is tad heavier than what you will like at low speeds and it further weighs up well with increase in acceleration. Overall though the steering feedback has improved – it is not as lifeless as in some other Hyundai vehicles.

 

           Tucosn Foldable Rear Seats
 

Braking is significantly better in comparison to that of Creta and Santa Fe. These are disc brakes all round. In addition to working on steering, it shows that Hyundai has given attention to feedback that its customers had given for brakes. It’s just that the pedal calls for a firm push for swiftly bring down the speed. Tucson gets ABS and EBD with traction control as standard.

In terms of other safety features there are 2 airbags as standard. The higher spec trims get 6 airbags. It has hill hold and hill descent control. As mentioned in the cabin features segment, there are front and rear parking sensors in addition to the parking camera. Impact sensing auto door unlock is also a safety attribute. Front seat belts are height adjustable and all three rear seat passengers get their seat belts.


             Tucosn Smart HD AVN with Voice Recognition
 

The pivot on the rear seat belts allows the belt to exit the C pillar at various angles for passengers as per their posture comfort. Hyundai also mentions about the safety that comes from the body structure of Tucson. It comprises 51% advanced high strength steels made for high rigidity, longevity and better NVH levels. Tucson did score a five star Euro NCAP rating in 2015.

Fuel Economy 

The 2 litre diesel automatic has fuel efficiency of 16.38 km/litre and the manual version has been rated at 18.42 km/ litre. The petrol automatic has fuel efficiency of 12.95 km/ litre and manual’s FE is 13.3 km/litre.
Verdict

Priced between Rs. 18.99 lakhs (petrol manual model) and Rs 24.99 lakhs (diesel automatic top trim) Tucson is not a mass seller but in its segment it is more affordable than Honda CR-V. This Japanese competitor though also offers AWD at present. In its own family, the Tucson bridges the price gap between the Creta and the Santa Fe. It is a product that will help Hyundai establish their position as a premium and mass-market SUV maker. Colour options include Star Dust, Pure White, Sleek Silver, Phantom Black and Wine Red. 

Comfort: 4/5
Refinement: 3.5/5
Safety: 3.5/5
Ride: 4/5
Handling: 3.5/5
Value for Money: 3.5/5

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