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, SE, SE Nav and Premium trims, sadly the top trim Premium SE with its electric tailgate and heated steering wheel is not available, presumably due to pricing restrictions. But the Tucson is well equipped throughout the range as the entry level ‘S’ come with  16″ 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 on all but the small diesel blue drive models.

 

Hyundai Tucson motability carThe engines for the Tucson are carried over from the ix35 albeit with a tweak to make them Euro 6 compliant, 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 a disappointing 44.8 mies per gallon. The 1.7 litre diesel fares much better being able to return 61.7 miles per gallon but the 113 bhp motor lacks punch taking 13.7 seconds to reach 62 miles per hour. The two litre 134bhp diesel is the best option as it can return 58.9 miles per gallon and has enough grunt to tow 2200kg and reach 62 mph in just 10.6 seconds as a six speed manual with front wheel drive or in all wheel drive the economy slips to 54.3mpg as a manual or 46.3 as a 4×4 automatic. The largest engine is the all wheel drive only 182bhp 2.0 litre diesel available as a six speed manual or automatic returning economy of 46.9 and 43.5mpg respectively.

 

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.

Summer Best Buy – Hyundai Tucson 1.7 113bhp Diesel S Manual front wheel drive –  £99 Advance Payment (£59.95 wpms)

Summer Best Buy – Hyundai Tucson 1.7 113bhp Diesel SE Automatic front wheel drive –  £1099 Advance Payment (£45 wpms)

Summer Best Buy – Hyundai Tucson 2.0 182bhp Diesel SE Nav Manual 4 wheel drive –  £1649 Advance Payment (£595 wpms)

Summer Best Buy – Hyundai Tucson 2.0 182bhp Diesel SE Nav Automatic 4 wheel drive –  £2499 Advance Payment (£1445 wpms)

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