Hyundai Tucson (2015 – 2021) Review

Hyundai Tucson (2015 – 2021) At A Glance


+More refined than ix35. Cabin is spacious and comfortable. Lots of family appeal with affordable running costs and huge boot. Five star Euro NCAP rating.

-Not the sharpest SUV to drive. Some cheap and scratchy plastics in the cabin. Ride can get a bit bumpy on poor roads.

Insurance Groups are between 12–25
On average it achieves 75% of the official MPG figure

Stylish and good value, the Hyundai Tucson is a crossover that has lots of family appeal. Much of that is down to its large interior, refined ride and affordable price.

Replacing the ix35 in the Hyundai SUV line-up the Tucson offers more space and equipment than its predecessor. It has a more purposeful look, with an aggressive design that has an imposing front grille, large wheel arches and bulging bodylines. As a result it looks a lot more like an off-roader compared to the curvy styling of the ix35. 

The Tucson is well-equipped and all models get alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights and steering wheel controls. It also gets Hyundai's unlimited mileage five year warranty, which is still one of the best in the business, compared to the conventional three year/60,000 mile warranties. 

The cabin of the Tucson is durable and spacious, but slightly let-down by the occasional splash of dull and scratchy plastics. The large, comfortable seats have lots of lower leg and upper back support though, while the wide base allows up to three adults to sit across the rear bench. There's no shortage of leg room either, which means the driver can push their seat back a considerable distance without squashing the legs of those in the back.

There are five engines to choose from – two petrol and three diesels - and the most economical option is the 1.7 CRDi with 116PS which returns a claimed 61.4mpg. If your annual mileage doesn't warrant diesel power then there's an entry-level 1.6-litre petrol which is also front-wheel drive.

Fuel consumption for the more powerful 1.6-petrol and 2.0-litre diesels is less impressive, although they do give the Tucson a considerable boost in straight-line performance and also get four-wheel drive. However, even with this, the Tucson is never involving or fun to drive, due to its overly light steering and lack of feedback in the corners.  

That said, the Tucson is a good value crossover that's practical and easy to live with. What's more, if you opt for one of the lower trim models - like SE Nav - you'll get a well-equipped car that will give all of the practically, comfort and refinement of a premium car, but for a fraction of the price. 

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Real MPG average for a Hyundai Tucson (2015 – 2021)


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Hyundai Tucson - cam belt or timing chain?
"Does my Hyundai Tucson 1.7 CRDI (65 plate) have a timing belt or chain? The handbook doesn't say anything and I am getting conflicting answers online."
It uses a timing chain that's lubricated by the engine oil and designed to last the life of the engine.
Answered by Dan Powell
What's the best used, medium-sized SUV?
"I have £19,000 to spend. Can you tell me what's the best used medium-sized SUV with a petrol engine and automatic gearbox?"
We'd recommend a Kia Sportage with the 1.6 T-GDi petrol engine and DCT automatic gearbox. It's likely to be cheap to run and will come with the remainder of Kia's seven-year warranty. A Skoda Karoq would be a good alternative (if you can find one in budget). Also consider a Hyundai Tucson.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Hyundai Tucson actuator failure, just out of warranty - will I have to pay in full?
"Just over two months ago my Hyundai Tucson diesel had its final service within its five year warranty, having done just under 26,000 miles and received a clean bill of health/MoT. Today an engine management fault light was displayed and I noticed a loss of power on acceleration. I took the car to my Hyundai dealership and they carried out a diagnostic investigation which showed a wastegate actuator seized/not moving which required replacing at a cost of £948 inclusive of labour/VAT. Additionally, they said that if this replacement was done it is possible that as they found a small amount of play in the turbocharger but presently not needing any attention a new turbocharger would be needed - no mention of what this would cost. Bearing in mind the car is just a few months out of its 5 year warranty, not a high mileage and has been regularly serviced on time by this dealership I am minded to make a complaint to Hyundai's HQ customer service on this basis and there is a general customer expectation that their parts could be expected to last much longer than this. I would appreciate your view on this situation and what kind of approach I should take with their customer services dept in order to give myself the best chance of a reduction in cost here on a fair basis?"
The key thing here will be identifying the cause of the actuator failure. If it's due to a manufacturing fault then I'd expect Hyundai to contribute towards the cost of the repair (especially if they want to retain your business). However, if the problems are linked to a build-up of carbon due to the car's low mileage then neither Hyundai or the dealer will contribute towards the repair. A modern fuel injected diesel engine, such as this, needs at least 15 miles per journey to reach its optimum operating temperature. Lots of short journeys will ultimately result in the engine running on a rich fuel mixture that will cause carbon build up.
Answered by Dan Powell
Is my Euro 6 diesel car exempt from the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) charge?
"I own a Hyundai Tucson diesel vehicle. Having checked the Transport for London (TfL) ULEZ site I find that despite my vehicle being registered post-2015 and complying with Euro 6 I have to pay £15 for entry. I have also checked on two other sites which say I am exempt. Can you assist please?"
You are right, Euro 6 diesels meet the standard and therefore you shouldn't have to pay. See our guide: I would query this directly with TfL as it sounds like there is an error with their vehicle checking tool.
Answered by Sarah Tooze
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