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  • Launched in 2021
  • SUV
  • Petrol, Hybrid, Mild hybrid, PHEV
  • Launch year
    2021
  • Body type
    SUV
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Hybrid, Mild hybrid, PHEV

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Cool and sophisticated family SUV

Best bits

  • Bold appearance stands out from the crowd
  • Interior is upmarket and very spacious
  • Wide range of hybrid engines

Not so great

  • Responses from the DCT automatic gearbox can be a little tardy
  • Ride quality is harsh – especially with 19-inch alloy wheels
  • It's really not the affordable SUV it once was

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Overall verdict on the Hyundai Tucson

"The Hyundai Tucson has always been a very competent family SUV that's lived in the shadows of rivals like the Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan. Bought primarily for its long warranty, impressive practicality and affordable price tag, there was nothing sexy about the old Tucson. The same can't be said about the new model..."

Hyundai Tucson Review 2021: exterior dynamic front

Love or hate the design of the 2021 Hyundai Tucson, there's certainly no danger of it blending into the background. You only need to look at the photos to realise there's been a step change at Hyundai, with the Tucson now significantly posher than before, lifting it above cars like the Peugeot 3008 and Kia Sportage and – Hyundai hopes – pitching it against the Mercedes GLA, Audi Q3 and BMW X1. We'll explore why in our Hyundai Tucson review. Is it one of the best small SUVs going? 


While the Hyundai Tucson's exterior will get tongues wagging, its interior is a little more conventional. But it still has the power to surprise existing Tucson owners – with its plush finishes and high-tech infotainment system. Fortunately, all this added style doesn't come at the cost of practicality. Measuring just under 4.4m long and 1.85m wide, it's roomy enough for a family of four or five (even the tallest of teenagers will be comfortable in the back), while Tucson's boot space is one of the biggest in the class at 620 litres.


There isn't really a billy basic Hyundai Tucson. The most affordable model is the Hyundai Tucson SE Connect, which itself has pretty much everything you could possibly want. There's a 10.25-inch navigation system, an equally large digital instrument cluster and a reversing camera. The Tucson Premium trim adds bigger wheels, chrome exterior styling, ambient lighting and a premium sound system, while the sporty N Line model features 19-inch alloys, part-leather seats and, on the Tucson N Line S, a premium sound system. The top-spec Ultimate is fully-loaded, with ventilated leather seats, a panoramic glass sunroof and a powered tailgate.


You can no longer buy a Hyundai Tucson with a diesel engine. Instead, there's a line-up of petrol and hybrid power – including mild-hybrid, conventional hybrid and plug-in hybrid. Essentially, the more you're willing to pay, the further the Tucson can travel under electric power. The PHEV can cover 38 miles from a charge before the petrol motor kicks in, which is ideal for those who want to cover a short commute during the week before hitting the motorway at the weekend. We've rounded up the best hybrid SUVs if you want to know more.


Hyundai has tried to make the Hyundai Tucson sportier than before, and it certainly remains surprisingly composed in the corners. It's not as enjoyable to fling around as a SEAT Ateca, but it's more satisfying to drive than a Skoda Karoq. That comes at the expense of ride quality, though, especially as most Tucson models come with chunky alloy wheels and rubber band tyres.


Of course, the Hyundai Tucson's shift upmarket is going to hit buyers in the wallet. The most affordable models start from nearly £29,000 – and that's Volvo XC40 or BMW X1 money. You do get a lot of equipment for the cash, though, and if you're not fussed about ordering a brand new car, there are already savings available on pre-registered or ex-demonstrator models. 

If you're looking for the older version, you need our used Hyundai Tucson (2015-2021) review.

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1.6 GDi Blue Drive SE 5dr 2WD

  • 2018
  • 43,152 miles
  • Lookers Hyundai Dundonald
  • Down, BT161UD
Price:£13,999
PCP: £266.72/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £266.72, Customer Deposit: £2,099.00, Total Deposit: £2,099.85, Optional Final Payment: £5,005.50, Total Charge For Credit: £2,441.55, Total Amount Payable: £16,440.55, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.84%, Excess Mileage Charge: 12ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the 2021 Hyundai Tucson right for you?

If you need a spacious family SUV and want something that's going to turn heads, the Hyundai Tucson is a great choice. It's got a smart interior that's well kitted out, while the infotainment is quite possibly the best in the business. There's an engine to suit almost every buyer (although high-mileage drivers will have to look elsewhere for diesel power), and hybrid models ought to be cheap to run.

What’s the best Hyundai Tucson model/engine to choose?

For the majority of buyers, we reckon a mild-hybrid Hyundai Tucson is probably the most appealing. While it won't travel under electric power alone (apart from when coasting to a stop), it'll be cheap to run and it's also one of the more affordable models to buy. The hybrid could be a good option if you cover a lot of driving, but the plug-in hybrid probably isn't worth the expense (at least until depreciation has taken its toll on prices).


In terms of trim levels, high-spec models are lavishly kitted out but difficult to justify against posh competitors. The sporty Hyundai Tucson N Line and N Line S models look pretty smart, while the  Tucson Premium appeals for its smaller 18-inch alloy wheels (on non-hybrid models).

What other cars are similar to the Hyundai Tucson?

The new Nissan Qashqai offers strong competition to the Hyundai Tucson, as does the ever-popular Skoda Karoq and Peugeot 3008. Other VW Group offerings include the SEAT Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan, while there's a new Kia Sportage on its way. You should also consider the Ford Kuga, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V (especially if hybrid power appeals), while you may also wish to look at premium alternatives like the BMW X1, Volvo XC40 and Audi Q3

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Hyundai Tucson Review 2021: interior

On the inside

Hyundai Tucson Review 2021: exterior dynamic rear

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Hyundai Tucson Review 2021: exterior

Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

How much is a Hyundai Tucson?

On-the-road pricing starts from £28,710 for a Hyundai Tucson SE Connect with the 150PS 1.6-litre petrol engine. The top-spec Hyundai Tucson Ultimate is priced from £33,110 with the same engine, rising to £42,030 in plug-in hybrid flavour.

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Which is better: the Hyundai Tucson or Kia Sportage?

The Hyundai Tucson is a generation ahead of the Kia Sportage. While we rate the Sportage as an affordable family SUV with a long warranty, the Tucson is leagues ahead in terms of interior quality.

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Is the Hyundai Tucson good on fuel?

With mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology on offer, all Hyundai Tucson models should be affordable to run. In Premium trim, the 1.6-litre petrol manual returns a combined 41.5mpg in WLTP fuel economy tests, while the the MHEV (mild-hybrid) version is rated at 42.2mpg. The Hybrid officially returns 49.6mpg.

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