Hyundai Tucson (2015) Review

Hyundai Tucson (2015) At A Glance

4/5

+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.

New prices start from £20,160, brokers can source from £21,350
Insurance Groups are between 12–25
On average it achieves 75% of the official MPG figure

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. 

Hyundai Tucson 2015 Road Test

Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDI 4WD Premium Long Term

Real MPG average for a Hyundai Tucson (2015)

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Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance

75%

Real MPG

25–55 mpg

MPGs submitted

532

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Could you recommend a reliable, economical car that can fit a wheelchair in the back?
"What would you suggest for my next car or SUV on a budget of £12,000? It needs to be easy to drive, cheap to tax, fuel efficient, high spec, high seating position, reliable and comfortable. I do 17,000 miles per year and it needs to be able to hold a powered wheelchair in its boot. An auto would nice but not sure if it would be able to cope with the mileage, as I'm worried about servicing costs. What should I look for? Thanks."
A Vauxhall Mokka could be a good option. It's a good value crossover SUV. Go for the 1.6 CDTi diesel engine, which is available with a manual or automatic gearbox. It should be fairly frugal and cheap to maintain. This should give you an idea of common issues: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/vauxhall/mokka-2012/good/ If you're happy with a manual gearbox, also consider a Kia Sportage or Hyundai Tucson. Both are very reliable SUVs with excellent 1.7-litre diesel engines.
Answered by Andrew Brady
I'm looking for a small SUV that will last the next 10 years. Any advice?
"I have a max of £11,000 to spend on a buying a family car. I currently have a Vauxhall Zafira but want to trade up to something newer and nicer. I like the look of the small SUVs like Kia Sportage or Hyundai Ix35 or Tucson, but don't really know enough about cars to feel confident about what is best to look for. I'm looking for a car for the next 10 years ideally, and will need room for two growing boys, 5 and 8, who are going to be tall. The car will be used mainly for school runs, visiting family around the UK and a family holiday like driving over to France in the summer. I'd like some nice touches like touchscreen multimedia systems or panoramic sun roof, but they're not deal breakers. Ideally, something that can shift a bit too. I think that's probably a tall order for the budget but really don't know and could do with some advice. Any help appreciated."
The Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson are very good choices. Both are comfortable, easy to drive and backed by long manufacturer warranties. They are also well-equipped as standard, which means you can get a top spec car for a relatively modest outlay. Given your budget, you'll get: A 2016/17 Hyundai Tucson: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/Hyundai/Tucson/?l=0&p2=12000&s=PriceDesc Or a 2017 Sportage: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/Kia/Sportage/?l=0&p2=12000&s=PriceDesc Given its seven-year-warranty, I would go with the Kia. But test drive both and go with the one that suits your needs best.
Answered by Dan Powell
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.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you suggest a comfortable Motability SUV?
"My current motability vehicle is a Hyundai Tucsan. I need an SUV for easy entry and exit. I would like a really comfortable ride with a good mpg and quiet cabin. What vehicles would you recommend I look at?"
We'd recommend a Citroen C5 Aircross or Skoda Karoq. Both are really comfortable SUVs that are available on the Motability Scheme.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Hyundai Tucson (2015) cost?

Buy new from £21,350 (list price from £27,035)