Hyundai Tucson (2004 – 2009) Review

Hyundai Tucson (2004 – 2009) At A Glance


+A satisfying drive in diesel manual form. Very well equipped and roomy. Five-year unlimited mileage warranty.

-Fuel economy may not be as good as you hoped.

Insurance Groups are between 22–24
On average it achieves 82% of the official MPG figure

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Real MPG average for a Hyundai Tucson (2004 – 2009)


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21–42 mpg

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The DPF light keeps coming on in my car, despite driving it properly - what do you think?
"I bought a 2006 Hyundai Tucson in October 2017. The engine warning light was flashing when I test drove it and I was told that this was the DPF. I was aassured it would be fixed and it was okay when I collected it, but has been back twice for the same problem and the last time (30 November) a full regeneration was done by a specialist. The light has now come on again (150 miles later) and the garage are saying I am not driving it far enough, which seems ridiculous. I have read up about DPFs, but can't believe that it would need cleaning out again after only 150 miles, which included several half hour trips at 40 - 60mph and a blast down the motorway at 70mph for about 20 - 30 minutes. I would be grateful for your comments."
It's probably full of ash from burning off the soot and because it it too full of ash it can no longer regenerate properly. Might be possible to have the DPF chemically cleaned by sending it away to Ceramex for about £400. Otherwise it needs a new DPF, which will be about £1000.
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What large hybrid car will do the best motorway economy for a long commute?
"I currently drive a 2007 diesel Hyundai Tucson auto. It's done 190,000 miles and is in need of replacing. I do about 25,000 miles a year, mostly country roads and motorways, and want something with good economy. I'm tempted by electric or hybrid technology, but am unsure if they will cut it for my 50 mile each way commute. Needs to be a decent sized vehicle, but not necessarily an SUV. Any recommendations?"
You can get about 60mpg from an Toyota Auris or Prius hybrid driving as you describe. For your kind of driving, probably not worth going to a plug-in. Most suitable care, maybe a Lexus IS300h SE on 16-inch wheels with 55 profile tyres. A hybrid SUV will be less economical because of the weight and shape.
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What's the correct tyre pressures for the Hyundai Tucson?
"I own a 2007 Hyundai Tucson. The recommended PSI is 30, but it looks very under inflated and doesn't feel right when driving. Should I raise the PSI?. The tyre size is 235/60 R 16 100"
60 is quite deep profile and on an SUV the deeper the profile the less steering and road feel you will get. Unless you will be dong a lot of off roading, 55 profile seems to be the optimum for SUVs. Tyre pressure rise as you drive by as much as 4PSI once the tyres are fully up to temperature, so bear that in mind while you are experimenting. Softer tyres help, but Michelin doesn't yet do Cross Climates in 235/60 R16.
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Buying an affordable second hand rural runabout
"I need to buy an affordable (probably small) second hand car for the school runs and commute to work. But I live rurally with lots of muddy, stony and high banked lanes and plenty of soft verges and hidden ditches! I need a car that is strong enough underneath to withstand all the muck and rough driving conditions, and has a high driving position and can get out of muddy trouble. I don't really want to spend more than £4k. Any suggestions?"
A Hyundai Tucson or an old model KIA cee'd would do the job, but the diesel engines weren't very efficient. Unfortunately, early Nissan Qashqais have held their prices too well to be down to the £4k mark.
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