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Hyundai Tucson (2015–)

Last updated 12 July 2019

 
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Kerb weight 1414–1779 kg
Warranty 5 years
Servicing 10,000–20,000 miles

Full specifications

Driving

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. 

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
1.6 CRDi 115 58 mpg 11.8 s 109 mph 129–130 g/km
1.6 CRDi 136 58 mpg 11.2 s 112 mph 129 g/km
1.6 CRDi 136 DCT 59 mpg 11.8 s 112 mph 125 g/km
1.6 GDi 45 mpg 11.5 s 113 mph 147 g/km
1.6 GDI 40–40 mpg 11.5 s 113 mph 162 g/km
1.6 T-GDi 177 38–39 mpg 9.2 s 126 mph 169–173 g/km
1.6 T-GDi 177 DCT 40–40 mpg 8.9 s 125 mph 160–165 g/km
1.6 T-GDi 4WD 37–39 mpg 9.2–9.5 s 126 mph 169–177 g/km
1.6 T-GDi 4WD Automatic 38–40 mpg 8.9–9.1 s 125 mph 165–177 g/km
1.7 CRDi 62 mpg 13.7 s 109 mph 119 g/km
1.7 CRDi DCT 58 mpg 11.5 s 115 mph 129 g/km
1.7 T-GDi 116 62 mpg 13.7 s 109 mph 119 g/km
1.7 T-GDi 141 DCT 58 mpg 11.5 s 115 mph 129 g/km
2.0 CRDi 59 mpg 10.6 s 116 mph 127 g/km
2.0 CRDi 4WD 48–54 mpg 9.9–10.9 s 114–125 mph 139–154 g/km
2.0 CRDi 4WD Automatic 44–47 mpg 9.5–12.0 s 114–125 mph 156–170 g/km
2.0 CRDi Mild Hybrid 4WD 50 mpg 9.5 s 125 mph 153–154 g/km
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