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 and Premium. 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, rear parking sensors and automatic emergency braking. Sporty N-Line trim has funky front and rear bumpers, heated front seats, electric parking brake, leather and suede seats, front and rear parking sensors with rear view camera, privacy glass and keyless entry with start stop button. Premium cars add, over SE Nav trim, electric front seat adjustment, blind spot detection, heated front and rear seats, Krell premium Audio, rear cross traffic alert, leather seats Smart key, and wireless phone charging. Premium SE cars have heating and ventilation functions for the front seats, all-round parking sensors, a surround-view camera system, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, heated steering wheel and a panoramic glass roof.

 

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 Seat Ateca 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.

Full Hyundai Tucson prices here

 Autumn Best Buy – Hyundai Tucson 1.6 48v Mild Hybrid Diesel 113 bhp SE Nav Manual front wheel drive –  £1849 Advance Payment (£735 wpms)

Autumn Best Buy – Hyundai Tucson 1.6 48v Mild Hybrid Diesel 134 bhp N-Line Manual front wheel drive –  £2449 Advance Payment (£1335 wpms) or £3049 (£1935 wpms) as an Automatic

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