Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson motability car sideThe Hyundai Tucson has received a 2019 updated with new trimlines and new mild hybrid diesel engines. The Tucson has been a top performer, famed for comfort over driving thrills. Size is everything in this category, particularly boot size the Nissan Qashqai comes in at 430 litres, the Renault Kadjar at an impressive 472 litres and the Tucson has 513 litres, this drops to 484 if you choose on of the new Mild Hybrid engine as the small 0.44 kWh battery eats into the space. In terms of ride comfort, the Tucson is another step up from its predecessor and offers supple suspension that can easily deal with potholes and nasty road imperfections but it is not the most fun SUV on the Scheme that accolade goes to the Volkswagen Tiguan with its punchy 2.0 litre diesels.

 

The Tucson, to mobility customers, is available in S Connect, SE Nav, N-Line Premium and Premium SE. Advice is to move straight to the SE nav which has an 8 inch infotainment screen with satellite navigation and smartphone mirroring, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity, tinted windows, rear parking sensors and 17-inch alloy wheels, climate control and automatic emergency braking. Sporty N-Line trim has funky front and rear bumpers, LED daytime running lights, black window surrounds, a black spoiler and black door mirror caps, 19-inch alloy wheels, aluminium pedals and plenty of faux-leather trim on the dashboard, seats and steering wheel with plenty of contrasting red stitching. You also get a beefier stereo than the standard car. Premium cars add, over SE trim, tinted windows, wireless charging for your phone, 18 inch alloy wheels and an upgraded Krell stereo. You also get partial leather seats with heating in the front and back, all-round parking sensors and tinted windows. Premium SE cars have heating and ventilation functions for the front seats, all-round parking sensors, a surround-view camera system, LED headlights and adaptive cruise control

 

Hyundai Tucson motability carThe engines for the Tucson are all 1.6 litre in size, the 130 brake horse power 1.6 litre petrol is confusingly badged as GDi blue drive and can reach 62mph in 11.5 seconds and return a lowly 39.8 miles per gallon, by adding a turbo the T-GDi output increases to 175 bhp as the economy dips even further to 37.7 mpg. The outgoing 1.6 litre diesel fares much better being able to return 57.6 miles per gallon but the 113 bhp motor lacks punch taking 11.8 seconds to reach 62 miles per hour. The new mild (very mild indeed) hybrid diesel engine is the pick, fitted to a 1.6 litre diesel engine offering 113bhp or 134 bhp diesel, the hybrid system is a 0.44 kWh 48V lithium-ion battery located beneath the rear luggage compartment that provides a boost to the engine assisting with starting and accelerating, it is recharged by regenerative means such as the engine switching off when decelerating. It’s a good system and helps raise the economy by 11% to 65.7 mpg and as the battery power feeds back into the engine as apposed to provide drive it is able to add this system to a Manual gearbox car.

The affordable diesel units on the VW Tiguan and BMW X1 make the Hyundai a little expensive as you move up the trim lines. Unless your mileage is very low, we would struggle to recommend the petrol cars despite them appearing good value, the fuel costs will quickly add up.

Autumn Best Buy – Hyundai Tucson 1.6 133bhp petrol SE Nav Manual front wheel drive –  Nil Advance Payment (£62.81 wpms)

Autumn Best Buy – Hyundai Tucson 1.6 48v Mild Hybrid Diesel 113 bhp SE Nav Manual front wheel drive –  £999 Advance Payment (£68.35 + £159.10 wpms)

Autumn Best Buy – Hyundai Tucson 1.6 48v Mild Hybrid Diesel 134 bhp N-Line Manual front wheel drive –  £1349 Advance Payment (£236.85 wpms) or £1999 (£886.85 wpms) as an Automatic

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