Hyundai Tucson (2021) Review

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Hyundai Tucson (2021) At A Glance

+Crossover SUV with petrol, hybrid and plug-in hybrid engines.

-On sale 2021.

Insurance Groups are between 18–21

On sale from January 2021, the new Tucson range comprises three trim levels: SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate. The SE Connect costs from £28,495 when equipped with the 1.6-litre T-GDi 150PS 6MT, and is also available with a 1.6-litre T-GDi 150PS 48-volt Mild Hybrid powertrain with 6iMT or 7DCT, or a 1.6-litre T-GDi 230PS Hybrid powertrain with 6AT.

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SE Connect trim includes 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, and body-coloured bumpers. Interior features include a leather steering wheel and gear knob, dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control, heated and folding door mirrors, rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera. A comprehensive range of active safety systems include Forward Collision Assist (FCA) – with car, pedestrian and cycle detection, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Lane Follow Assist (LFA), Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Manual Speed Limit Assist (MSLA), Multi Collision Braking (MCA), and tyre pressure monitoring with individual tyre display.

The all-new Tucson is equipped with a 10.25-inch supervision cluster and 10.25-inch AVN screen, through which the driver can access Hyundai’s Bluelink connected car services that encompass Connected Routing, Last Mile Navigation and a new User Profile feature. Drivers can also locate their vehicle, lock and unlock it remotely, or view the car’s fuel level remotely, via the Bluelink app.

The Premium Tucson is available from £30,195 in 1.6 T-GDi 150PS 6MT guise. The trim line is also available with a 1.6 T-GDi 150PS 48-volt Mild Hybrid with 6iMT or 7DCT or a 1.6 T-GDi 230PS Hybrid powertrain with a 6AT. It builds on SE Connect specification with the addition of 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch on Hybrid models). Other upgrades include LED headlamps, ambient interior lighting, heated front seats and heated steering wheel, smart adaptive cruise control with stop go function (DCT and Hybrid models), front and rear parking sensors with rear-view camera, and smart key with keyless entry and engine start/stop button.

It also includes a KRELL premium audio system with eight-speakers and a subwoofer, as well as a wireless smartphone charging pad. Additional safety equipment includes Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW) with additional Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA) on Hybrid models, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) with additional Junction Turning assist on DCT and Hybrid models, as well as Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW) and Safe Exit Warning.

The range topping Ultimate trim starts at £32,895 for a 1.6 T-GDi 150PS 6MT. It is also available with a 1.6-litre T-GDi 150PS 48-volt Mild Hybrid with 6iMT or 7DCT, a 1.6 T-GDi 230PS Hybrid with a 6AT and a 1.6-litre T-GDi 180PS 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain with a 7DCT and 4WD. Upgrades include 19-inch wheels, satin chrome door mouldings, leather seat trim with electric adjustment to driver and front passenger seats – both with heat and ventilation function, and driver’s seat position memory function.

Ultimate trim also includes heated rear seats, three-zone climate control with separate rear-seat control, panoramic sunroof with front section electric tilt and slide function, and a smart electric tailgate. Additional safety equipment includes Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA), Highway Drive Assist (HDA), and Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance (RCCA) on all powertrains.

Also available is a ‘Tech Pack’ option that includes Electronic Control Suspension (ECS), Around View Monitor (AVM) and Blind Spot View Monitor (BVM). On Hybrid models, the Tech Pack also includes Remote Smart Park Assist to aid parking in confined or difficult spaces.

The all-new Tucson is available in nine colour finishes: Polar White, Engine Red, Phantom Black, Dark Knight, Shimmering Silver, Silky Bronze, Amazon Grey, Sunset Red and Teal.

An efficient Tucson Plug-in Hybrid and Tucson N Line specification will be introduced in early 2021. The plug-in model will be equipped with a powerful and efficient powertrain based on the third-generation 1.6-litre T-GDi ‘Smartstream’ engine paired with a 66.9 kW electric motor with a maximum torque of 304 Nm and a 13.8 kWh lithium polymer battery. Combined, the gasoline engine and electric motor deliver 265PS maximum power and 350Nm maximum torque.

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What's a good replacement for my Skoda Yeti?
"I currently have a 2014 Skoda Yeti. I bought it mainly because of my wife's arthritis as she couldn't get into my SAAB 9-3 easily. The Yeti is very easy to get in and out of for somebody with painful knees. I've been very happy with it apart from one major problem which is the size of the boot. Because of the large wheel arches it is not wide enough to take my guitar and it is not long enough to take two large suitcases without folding the seats forward, which means the contents of the boot are visible. I now want to replace the Skoda Yeti with a newer car (brand new or second-hand) that is similar to the Yeti but has a larger boot. I don't have the possibility to charge an EV at my home, while I'm also worried about range and charging time for electric cars. What can you recommend?"
Take a look at the Skoda Karoq. It replaced the Yeti and is one of the best family SUVs on sale today, with a big boot and lots of standard equipment. As an alternative, consider the new Nissan Qashqai or Hyundai Tucson. The Tucson's available as a hybrid, which might be a good stepping stone towards an electric vehicle.
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What's the reason that cars don't always come with a space saver wheel?
"I recently purchased a Hyundai Tuscan Hybridon 19-inch wheels. The dealer was initially unable to source a spare space saver but eventually found one. In fact it is just a full size spare. This is taking additinal boot space and means I can't utilise the extra boot depth. Is there an issue or reason for not having a space saver spare wheel with this car as I cant get a straight answer from the dealer? Many thanks."
It's increasingly common for new cars to be provided with a tyre repair kit rather than a spare wheel. This is mainly due to manufacturers doing everything in their power to reduce CO2 emissions – a typical 17-inch alloy wheel weighs about 20kg, which can add up to nine grams of CO2 to an average vehicle’s emissions. There are also packaging reasons – many modern hybrid vehicles have batteries under the boot floor, meaning there's less space to fit a spare wheel. And, inevitably, there'll be an element of cost-cutting – a tyre repair kit will be cheaper than a spare wheel.
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Why are so many car interiors dark and dreary?
"I find it difficult to understand why so many car manufacturers only offer black/dark grey interiors, increasingly with black headlining. I think these are dreary and depressing when compared with models available in other countries and former times. I'm currently looking to replace my Kia Sportage First Edition and the choice is very limited. I would happily purchase another Kia but, as with so many other manufacturers, they no longer provide acceptable interiors. It seems that I only have the choice of Volvo XC40, Skoda Karoq and the new Hyundai Tucson (Ultimate trim only). It’s probably too much to hope that the new Nissan Qashqai will broaden my choices."
It's a matter of supply and demand. Car buyers generally prefer dark interiors – just like they prefer cars in dull exterior colours like black and silver! Dark interiors generally hide dirt well, age well and will be easy to resell in the future.
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Can you get a crossover hybrid with a manual transmission?
"I'm looking to replace two cars with one. My wife loves her Nissan Qashqai and I need an estate type car. We would like to change to a petrol hybrid. Can you get a crossover hybrid with a manual transmission?"
You won't find a full hybrid crossover with a manual gearbox. There are some mild-hybrid models with a manual transmission, though – look at the new Hyundai Tucson or a Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross. These can't travel under electric power alone but do have a small battery and electric motor to provide a little electrical assistance and recuperate energy ordinarily lost under braking.
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What does a Hyundai Tucson (2021) cost?

Buy new from £23,415 (list price from £28,215)