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  • Launched in 2015
  • Crossover
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2015
  • Body type
    Crossover
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Stylish, spacious and sensible SUV

Best bits

  • Great levels of kit
  • Loads of space inside
  • Five-year warranty

Not so great

  • Not the quickest SUV
  • Thirsty petrol engines
  • Firm ride on larger alloys

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Overall verdict

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict on the Hyundai Tucson

"The Hyundai Tucson has experienced something of a personality crisis during its lifetime. Between 2009 and 2015 this roomy mid-size SUV changed its name to ix35, before switching back again for the current model."

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Launched in 2015 but given a thorough makeover in 2018, it’s never looked sharper inside or out. This is one of the brand's most popular cars. Still, with so many talented rivals, it has its work cut out to remain relevant.


Fortunately, it gets a lot of things right. The interior is smartly laid out, build quality is much improved and it comes with a generous level of standard equipment. In a class where practicality is vitally important, it also nails interior space, with excellent passenger comfort, lots of neat storage cubbies, and an impressive boot.


Every model comes with climate control, a reversing camera, lane-keep assistant and Apple and Android smartphone integration, while our favourite SE Nav trim adds parking sensors, cruise control, and navigation.


Its engine range has kept pace with the latest advances in technology, with a mild-hybrid system fitted to all three diesel models. Basically, it acts like a souped up stop-start system, with a higher voltage battery that can gather energy as you drive, or boost the power when you need more oomph via an electric motor. It also helps improve fuel economy, but you won't notice it working, except at the pumps.


This system is fitted to a 1.6-litre diesel with 115PS or 136PS, and a 2.0-litre diesel engine with 185PS. The latter is now the only Tucson with four-wheel drive and has the most grunt, so it's the one to go for if you need a tow car. As for petrols, there's a 1.6-litre turbo with impressive pace and a breathless non-turbo that's best avoided.


Most of the engines come with a choice between a slick six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto. The former is pleasant to use, but while the latter improves performance, it can be a bit jerky and hesitant.


On the road, the Tucson handles neatly, staying upright through corners, but it has less dynamic sparkle than cars like the SEAT Ateca and Mazda CX-5. The steering is numb and lifeless, while the ride has a firm edge to it that worsens on sportier versions with large wheels. It will shimmy and bobble over patchier stretches of road.


For some buyers that won't matter too much and on the motorway, it settles down. In fact, this is a superbly quiet car to travel long distances in, with comfortable seats, relatively hushed engines and little tyre rumble.


Combine this easy-going nature with its spacious interior, decent materials and - on the higher trims at least - a wide range of safety assistance with luxury equipment, and it's good value, with a five-year warranty. Sure, there are SUVs that eclipse the Tucson in some areas, but it's there or thereabouts across the board.


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Hyundai Tucson

1.7 CRDi Blue Drive Sport Edition 5dr 2WD

  • 2017
  • 23,225 miles
  • BCC Hyundai Bury
  • Greater Manchester, BL99US
Price:£14,749
PCP: £248.06/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £248.06, Customer Deposit: £2,212.00, Total Deposit: £2,212.35, Optional Final Payment: £6,606.56, Total Charge For Credit: £2,752.01, Total Amount Payable: £17,501.01, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.9%, Excess Mileage Charge: 3.6ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Hyundai Tucson

1.7 CRDi Blue Drive SE Nav 5dr 2WD DCT

  • 2017
  • 27,527 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Chorley Group Hyundai Blackpool
  • Lancashire, FY42RP
Price:£13,995
PCP: £256.38/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £256.38, Customer Deposit: £2,099.00, Total Deposit: £2,099.25, Optional Final Payment: £5,419.25, Total Charge For Credit: £2,496.80, Total Amount Payable: £16,491.80, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.44%, Excess Mileage Charge: 3.03ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Hyundai Tucson right for you?

The Tucson is the kind of car that suits buyers looking for the raised driving position and roomy interior that is common to all SUVs. It makes the Hyundai a great family car and comes well equipped, with few options.


Buying any new car can come with a feeling of uncertainty, but with its five-year, unlimited mileage warranty and an excellent reliability record, the Tucson is perhaps one of the most stress-free purchases you'll make.


Although some of the pricier versions come with four-wheel drive, this is car for on-road adventures only, so we would only stump up for this model if you're planning on towing, or regularly face challenging winter snow.


It certainly looks stylish, but we'd stop short of calling it distinctive - even in racier N Line trim - so if you want a car that turns heads, this probably isn't for you. Similarly, the petrol engines are quite thirsty, which means either going for one of the diesels if you cover high annual mileages, or if that's problematic, a different SUV.


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

In certain trims the Tucson looks fantastic value, but choose the wrong engine or posher grades, and the price shoots up, to the point where it becomes hard to justify. We think the sweet spot is the SE Nav model.


As long as you don't need four-wheel drive (and most don't) this car gives you a good selection of engines to choose from, the nicer infotainment screen, plus SUV essentials like cruise control and rear parking sensors.


In terms of the engine with that trim, whatever you do, don't get the basic non-turbo petrol. It's horribly thirsty, slow and sounds strained when you work it, which you'll have to constantly to get it to move with conviction.


The 1.6-litre turbo is a lot quicker, and the smoothest choice for buyers who don't cover too many miles. Since it doesn't feature any mild-hybrid tech, it undercuts our favourite 136PS diesel by over £2500 on price.


However, if you're covering more than 10,000 miles a year, you'll probably be better off with a diesel. As the difference between getting closer to 40mpg on the motorway than 30mpg will start to add up quite quickly.


What other cars are similar to the Hyundai Tucson?


The Tucson trades on its equipment, interior space, and a five-year manufacturer warranty. If those are all important factors for you, then the Toyota RAV4 has all these good qualities and offers full hybrid drive too.


In fact, this segment is packed with excellent all-rounders that offer varying degrees of head-turning style, some off-road capability, flexible practicality and driving enjoyment. Some of the strongest of these models with similar pricing to the Hyundai are the Skoda Karoq, Peugeot 3008 and SEAT Ateca, but all have merit.


If you would prefer a premium gloss on the five-seat SUV package, the Volvo XC40 has style and space in abundance, with a stunning interior, while the Range Rover Evoque has huge desirability and off-road chops. Just be prepared to pay a lot more.


For keener drivers who want an SUV with sportier handling, the Mazda CX-5 impresses on twisty roads, or if you merely need an affordable diesel with four-wheel drive towing ability, check out the SsangYong Korando.


In a nutshell

Buyers have a huge amount of choice when it comes to mid-size SUVs and several rivals in this class are more comfortable or sharper to drive than this Hyundai. The Tucson still has a lot in its favour, but the pick of the bunch is the 1.6-litre T-GDi in SE Nav trim. It offers the best value and has a bigger boot than the diesel.

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Which is bigger, the Tucson or the Santa Fe?

The easiest way to distinguish between these two is the number of seats. The Tucson has five seats, while the larger Santa Fe comes with room for up to seven passengers at a time.

Andy Brady

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Is the Hyundai Tucson a good car?

The Tucson can’t compete with rivals such as the Skoda Karoq when it comes to overall practicality and driving manners, but in the right trim level it’s a very good value SUV.

David Ross

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Is the Hyundai Tucson a four-wheel drive car?

Like most crossovers, the Tucson does have the option of a four-wheel drive system, which is great for towing, or driving off-road, but it’s only available on the top-spec 2.0 diesel model.

David Ross

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Does the Tucson have an automatic gearbox?

There’s a wide range of different engines, but both the mid-range diesels and petrols come with a choice between a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic ‘box.

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