Hyundai Tucson Review 2022

Hyundai Tucson At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Hyundai Tucson has gone from being dull but worthy to striking and sophisticated in one generation. The latest SUV is still practical and dependable, but with a unique look, impressive technology and upmarket cabin. Frugal hybrid engines also make it bang up to date, and only the slightly firm ride disappoints.

+Bold styling. Upmarket cabin with loads of standard tech. Spacious cabin and big boot. Wide choice of hybrid engines to suit most needs.

-Not the best ride and handling in the class. Rear seats don't slide. No diesel option.

New prices start from £29,110, brokers can source from £24,591
Insurance Groups are between 18–21

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.

Ask Honest John

Should I trade-in my car while used prices are inflated?
"After putting my 2019 Mazda 6 Sport in for its latest service, the dealership indicated they were very keen to get it as a trade-in due to its condition and low mileage. So, the equity available is higher than normal, in part due to the current shortages. With that in mind, it seemed daft to go for another 6, and maybe I should look a little upmarket. However, I'm struggling to come up with a decent alternative! I've looked at the Octavia vRS, BMW 2 Series GC, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Mazda CX-5 Sport, the new Kia Sportage. Do you have any recommendations or general pointers? I'm on the lookout for a sporty looking family car that isn't going to break the bank, reasonably well specced that isn't costing an absolute fortune to get to the same equipment levels I'm spoiled with in the 6. Appreciate any thoughts or help you can give - I love my 6, she's an absolute joy to drive and truthfully I wouldn't even be looking if the trade in offers weren't so good!"
It's a dilemma many people are facing at the moment – a shortage of new cars means used prices are inflated so there's a temptation to cash in by selling your car. But that car will need replacing, though, and you might find it difficult to get a good deal on a new car. We'd recommend keeping your Mazda – you clearly like it and it's still a modern, reliable car with many years of life left in it. If you do wish to sell, a Mazda CX-5 could be a worthy replacement. It's just been updated and remains one of our favourite SUVs on the market. Alternatively, take a look at the new Hyundai Tucson or consider whether to make the switch to an electric vehicle with a Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a hybrid family car?
"I currently own a Hyundai Santa Fe diesel. We only use one car in our family and work from home so do our daily school trips and occasional trips no more than 6 hours round trips. Going full electric is still a bit worrying for me and we are looking at hybrid. I was hoping you are able to guide me or provide some info on hybrids, I assume petrol hybrid? I am leaning towards an estate or maybe another SUV. I'm not sure what reliable makes to look for. "
Take a look at the new Hyundai Tucson. It's a really good family SUV that's available with hybrid or plug-in hybrid power. The latter might be a good choice if you can charge a car at home (i.e. you have off-road parking with access to electricity) as you'll be able to cover your local journeys under electric power alone. We'd recommend the Kia Sportage, too. This guide might be of interest:
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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.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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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What does a Hyundai Tucson cost?

Buy new from £24,591(list price from £29,095)