Hyundai Tucson Review 2023
Hyundai Tucson At A Glance
On average it achieves 0% of the official MPG figure
Sometimes car companies feel the need to make a statement, particularly if they have an unwanted image to shake off. Hyundai has clearly decided that its midsize SUV, the Tucson, just wasn't interesting enough to look at in the face of competition from the Peugeot 3008, Ford Kuga and Mazda CX-5. Enter the new version, which seems to have a point to prove. Read our Hyundai Tucson review to find out everything you need to know.
The previous Tucson followed the old Nissan Qashqai's template by ticking many rational boxes, but also being totally uninteresting to look at, sit in and drive. Nothing particularly wrong with that: it was a huge success in terms of sales, just like the ubiquitous Qashqai.
Clearly that wasn't enough for Hyundai. Or, the Korean brand felt there was just too much competition in the family SUV sector, so the new generation had to be bold to stand out. And, well, it isn't exactly subtle, is it?
That angular shape, huge grille festooned in LED lights and mass of creases may put some of Hyundai's more conservative customers off, but it'll surely bring in buyers wanting to stand out from the crowd. And the Tucson has plenty more strings to its bow than design.
The interior, for example, is a huge step forward. Though less 'out there' than the exterior, it's very plushly trimmed for this end of the market, and comes with plenty of advanced technology. It's also well equipped whichever model you go for. Hyundai hasn't forgotten the important SUV qualities, though, so it's spacious for passengers and offers a sizeable boot.
Although diesel used to be a huge chunk of Tucson sales, Hyundai no longer offers the new model with a diesel engine. That's perhaps no surprise in the current climate, though, and the Tucson is well catered for in the fuel efficiency department with mild-hybrid petrols, a full ('self-charging') hybrid and a plug-in hybrid available.
The latest Tucson is a bit more sporty in its dynamic make-up. It's a fair bit sharper in the bends, although it isn't as enjoyable to drive all-round as a SEAT Ateca. Where it does fall down a little is the ride quality: it's far from uncomfortable, but there are softer-feeling rivals.
Still, with keen pricing and equipment levels, Hyundai's typically generous warranty and loads of space, there's a lot to like with the new Tucson.
Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's Hyundai Tucson review.