Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson motability car sideThe Hyundai Tucson is a replacement for the outgoing ix35 and is better in every way. It seems that with competition so fierce in this sector that size is becoming a paramount factor, the fifth best selling car of 2015 and the only SUV in the top 10 is the Nissan Qashqai with a boot space of 430 litres, the excellent new Renault Kadjar came in at an impressive 472 litres but the class leader is the Tucson with a whopping 513 litre boot. The Tucson has been built from scratch and features a brand new chassis. 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 Ford Kuga with its punchy 2.0 litre diesels.

 

Hyundai Tucson motability car dashThe Tucson, to mobility customers, is available in S Connect, SE, SE Nav, Premium and The Tucson is well equipped throughout the range as the entry level ‘S Connect’ comes with 16 inch alloys, air conditioning, automatic headlights, Bluetooth, electric and heated door mirrors and all round electric windows, The SE adds 17″ alloys, climate control, rear parking sensors, automatic de-fogging front windscreen, full size spare wheel, heated front seats and cruise control, the SE Nav adds an 8″ touchscreen with built in Sat nav and reversing camera while the premium adds heated rear seats, leather seats, electric seat control for driver and passenger, privacy glass, front parking sensors and 19″ alloys, the Premium SE adds an electric tailgate and heated steering wheel.

 

Hyundai Tucson motability carThe engines for the Tucson are all 1.6 litre in size, the 133 brake horse power 1.6 litre petrol is confusingly badged as GDi blue drive and can reach 62mph in 11.5 seconds and return 44.8 mies per gallon, by adding a turbo the T-GDi output increases to 175 bhp as the economy dips to 37.7 mpg. The 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.

 

Hyundai Tucson motability car cut awatWe can’t help but feeling a little disappointed with the Tucson as it is a great looking and practical car but spreading the equipment out over five trim levels means that the top trim is unaffordable, we also feel that the engines should offer greater fuel economy for the Tucson to fulfil its potential. The affordable diesel units on the VW Tiguan and BMW X1 make the Hyundai a little expensive as you move up the trim lines.

Autumn Best Buy – Hyundai Tucson 1.6 133bhp petrol SE Nav Manual front wheel drive –  £299 Advance Payment (£62.80 wpms)

Autumn Best Buy – Hyundai Tucson 1.6 175bhp petrol SE Nav Automatic front wheel drive –  £1299 Advance Payment (£214 wpms)

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