Review: Hyundai Tucson (2015)

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More refined than ix35. Cabin is spacious and comfortable. Lots of family appeal with affordable running costs and huge boot. Five star Euro NCAP rating.

Not the sharpest SUV to drive. Some cheap and scratchy plastics in the cabin. Ride can get a bit bumpy on poor roads.

Hyundai Tucson (2015): At A Glance

Stylish and good value, the Hyundai Tucson is a crossover that has lots of family appeal. Much of that is down to its large interior, refined ride and affordable price.

Replacing the ix35 in the Hyundai SUV line-up the Tucson offers more space and equipment than its predecessor. It has a more purposeful look, with an aggressive design that has an imposing front grille, large wheel arches and bulging bodylines. As a result it looks a lot more like an off-roader compared to the curvy styling of the ix35. 

The Tucson is well-equipped and all models get alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights and steering wheel controls. It also gets Hyundai's unlimited mileage five year warranty, which is still one of the best in the business, compared to the conventional three year/60,000 mile warranties. 

The cabin of the Tucson is durable and spacious, but slightly let-down by the occasional splash of dull and scratchy plastics. The large, comfortable seats have lots of lower leg and upper back support though, while the wide base allows up to three adults to sit across the rear bench. There's no shortage of leg room either, which means the driver can push their seat back a considerable distance without squashing the legs of those in the back.

There are five engines to choose from – two petrol and three diesels - and the most economical option is the 1.7 CRDi with 116PS which returns a claimed 61.4mpg. If your annual mileage doesn't warrant diesel power then there's an entry-level 1.6-litre petrol which is also front-wheel drive.

Fuel consumption for the more powerful 1.6-petrol and 2.0-litre diesels is less impressive, although they do give the Tucson a considerable boost in straight-line performance and also get four-wheel drive. However, even with this, the Tucson is never involving or fun to drive, due to its overly light steering and lack of feedback in the corners.  

That said, the Tucson is a good value crossover that's practical and easy to live with. What's more, if you opt for one of the lower trim models - like SE Nav - you'll get a well-equipped car that will give all of the practically, comfort and refinement of a premium car, but for a fraction of the price. 

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What does a Hyundai Tucson (2015) cost?

List Price from £22,820
Buy new from £19,024
Contract hire from £207.14 per month

Hyundai Tucson (2015): What's It Like Inside?

Length 4475 mm
Width 1850–2065 mm
Height 1620–1650 mm
Wheelbase 2670 mm

Full specifications

The Tucson might be the smallest SUV in the Hyundai range, but you wouldn't think it when sitting inside the large and airy cabin. Indeed, the Tucson has a super interior, with lots of head and leg room for all passengers. What's more, most models get a flat 513-litre boot that can be extended to a useful 1503 litres by lowering the rear seats. Using the boot is easy with a low entry sill that prevents you from having to lift heavy items high to load up. 

Families will find the Tucson particularly useful, with lots of cabin space and storage. There are lots of areas to keep loose items, with deep door pockets, large cup holders and a handy set of hooks in the boot that lets you hang shopping bags without worrying about them falling over and scattering their contents all over the floor. 

The attention to detail is high, with a solid feel throughout the interior. As a result there's no worrying creaks or squeaks as you navigate bumpy roads. The dashboard layout is also neat and simple, with soft-touch materials covering the upper layer. However, the interior ambience is spoilt a little by dull and scratchy plastics that cover the lower dashboard and surround the climate controls and window switches.

The seats are comfortable though with good levels of support across the wide base and lower back. The cabin's long length also allows tall drivers to push the front seat quite far back, without hindering leg room in the rear. 

All Tucson models are well-equipped as standard with air conditioning, steering wheel audio and phone controls, DAB and electrically adjustable heated door mirrors. Hyundai expects the majority of Tucson models to be mid-range SE Nav trim and this gets some significant upgrades, with parking sensors, heated cloth seats and navigation - the latter operated by a large eight-inch colour touchscreen.

Standard Equipment:

S is the base trim and features 16-inch alloy wheels, body coloured door handles, mirrors and bumpers, rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light, LED daytime running lights, electric and heated door mirrors, cloth seats, air conditioning and automatic headlights with dusk sensor, Bluetooth, DAB, steering wheel audio and phone controls, luggage hooks and a tyre repair kit.

SE adds 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, LED rear lights, rear parking sensors, heated front seats, driver's seat electric lumbar support, lane keep assist system (LKAS), projection headlights with static cornering lights, dual zone climate control, luggage net and a full-size alloy spare wheel.

SE Nav models get an eight-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system, reversing camera, Tom Tom Live services, shark fin antenna, speed limit information system (SLIF) which uses the front camera and information from the navigation system to identify road speed signs and display the speed limit in real time.

Premium adds 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, heated rear seats, front parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, automatic windscreen wipers with rain sensor, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), blind spot detection (BSD) and heated rear seats (outer rear seats only).

Premium SE is the range topping model and includes a heated steering wheel, keyless smart entry with engine start/stop button, smart parking assist system (automatic transmission only), smart electric tailgate, LED headlights, panoramic sunroof with electric tilt and slide function and ventilated front seats.

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What's the Hyundai Tucson (2015) like to drive?

They Hyundai Tucson is available with five engines – two petrol and three diesels - and uses two-wheel or four-wheel drive, dependant on how powerful the engine is. 

The best - and cheapest - option is the 1.7 CRDi, which is front-wheel drive and produces 116PS with 280Nm of torque. It's quiet, refined and economical with up to 61.4mpg according to the official figures. The engine does need to be worked hard for overtaking, but is more than adequate for general motorway driving and has plenty of low-down torque for smooth acceleration in and around town. 

If your annual mileage doesn't warrant diesel power then you can opt for the 1.6-litre petrol with either 136PS or 177PS. The petrols are powerful enough - especially the 177PS - but as you'd expect economy isn't as good. The 136PS returns a claimed 44.8mpg and the 177PS version - which has four-wheel drive - is more expensive to run with a claimed 37.2mpg and 177g/km. We also noted that the petrol engine gets rather noisy on the motorway, especially at higher revs. 

The 2.0 CRDi with 185PS on the other hand is quiet and smooth at all speeds. It's also packed with 400Nm of torque from 1750rpm, which means it’s ideal for overtaking or towing, with a braked limit of 2200kg. The 2.0 diesel is also available with 136PS, but this reduces towing capacity to 1900kg. 

As they're all four-wheel drive - the 2.0 CRDi models are not as efficient as the 1.7 CRDi, with the 136PS and 185PS units returning a respective 58.9mpg and 47.9mpg. The four-wheel drive system gives the Tucson some off-road potential, with a locking differential, but it's never suited for serious mud plugging due to its relatively poor ground clearance.

In reality, the vast majority of Tucsons will never leave the road and it is here it impresses, with a refined ride that’s smooth and supple. Admittedly, rough A roads or potted motorways will unsettle the ride a little, making things a touch bumpy for those in the back. But for the most part the Tucson is a comfortable car to while away the miles. A slick six-speed manual gearbox is standard on all models, although a six-speed automatic is available as an option.

The only real downside is the handling, with lifeless steering that returns little in the way of feedback. As a result the Hyundai isn’t as fun or engaging to drive as a Ford Kuga or Nissan Qashqai. But the Tuscson shouldn't be marked down too much. Indeed, it is safe and predictable, while body lean is kept to a minimum on all but the tightest of B roads. 

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.6 CRDi 115 58 mpg 11.8 s 129–130 g/km
1.6 CRDi 115 Mild Hybrid - 11.2 s 114 g/km
1.6 CRDi 136 58 mpg 11.2 s 129 g/km
1.6 CRDi 136 DCT 59 mpg 11.8 s 125 g/km
1.6 CRDi 136 Mild Hybrid - 11.2–11.8 s 113–115 g/km
1.6 GDi 45 mpg 11.5 s 147 g/km
1.6 GDI 40–40 mpg 11.5 s 162 g/km
1.6 T-GDi 177 38–39 mpg 8.9–9.2 s 169–173 g/km
1.6 T-GDi 177 DCT 40–40 mpg 8.9 s 151–165 g/km
1.6 T-GDi 4WD 37–39 mpg 9.2–9.5 s 169–177 g/km
1.6 T-GDi 4WD Automatic 38–40 mpg 8.9–9.1 s 165–177 g/km
1.7 CRDi 62 mpg 13.7 s 119 g/km
1.7 CRDi DCT 58 mpg 11.5 s 129 g/km
1.7 T-GDi 116 62 mpg 13.7 s 119 g/km
1.7 T-GDi 141 DCT 58 mpg 11.5 s 129 g/km
2.0 CRDi 59 mpg 10.6 s 127 g/km
2.0 CRDi 4WD 48–54 mpg 9.9–10.9 s 139–154 g/km
2.0 CRDi 4WD Automatic 44–47 mpg 9.5–12.0 s 156–170 g/km
2.0 CRDi Mild Hybrid 4WD 50 mpg 9.5 s 153–154 g/km

Real MPG average for a Hyundai Tucson (2015)

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What have we been asked about the Hyundai Tucson (2015)?

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I want to buy a British-built car that would benefit the UK market. Can you recommend one?

Our Hyundai Tucson PCP deal is up later this year and post-Coronavirus, I can see the benefits of buying British. Recognising that being assembled in the UK may not mean the parts are from the UK, can you recommended a similar priced and sized car to the Tucson that would benefit the UK job market the most?
The Nissan Qashqai is built in Sunderland and is a good alternative to the Tucson. There's a new one due to be revealed later this year.
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