Hyundai Tucson Facelift First Drive Review


Hyundai Tucson Overview

The Hyundai Tucson is not a new name in India. We did get the first generation of the Tucson a little over a decade ago and slow sales prompted the Korean automaker to skip the second generation of this compact SUV. But the boom in the SUV segment in India is quite obvious and with the Creta doing really well even at almost Rs 16 lakh, there was definitely a market for a slightly more premium SUV. And this is why the new Tucson fits perfectly well in Hyundai’s SUV portfolio, right slap bang in the space between the Creta and the Santa Fe.Check car loan for Hyundai Tucson.

Hyundai Tucson Design & Style

The all-new Hyundai Tucson exterior carries forward Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 Design Philosophy with utmost elegance and charm. The front fascia flaunts the bold Hyundai signature hexagonal front grille, flanked by the first-in-segment dual barrel LED headlamps. There is a wing-shaped horizontal bar at the front bumper, along with the LED daytime running lights, which take the styling quotient to a whole new level. The rear end boasts of a sleek LED tail-lamp cluster and twin chrome exhaust pipes.

Just so you know, Hyundai Tucson also gets first-in-segment fog lamps with LED DRLs, while riding on 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. As for the dimensions, the SUV measures 4475 mm in length, 1850 mm in width and 1660 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2670 mm. It would be available in 5 paint schemes.

Hyundai Tucson Cabin & Space

Like the exteriors, the cabin of the Tucson is quite stylish and contemporary. It looks interesting and thoroughly modern and the large 8-inch touchscreen is high set, which makes it easy to use on the move. The vertical vents beside it look unique giving the dashboard a mini Santa Fe look. The air-con control housing is very ergonomic and the large knobs and buttons make it easy to use. Overall quality is very impressive and all the touch points like the dash-top, armrest, steering and gear knob is either finished in soft plastics or leather. The high-res infotainment screen is very sensitive and though it has some lag, it functions with precision and is easy to scroll through. The unit also boasts of both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which only adds to the overall experience.

The driving position in the new Tucson is high-set and you get a good view of your surroundings. The seat itself offers good lateral support and the cushioning felt spot-on too. Thanks to the Tucson’s large dimensions, there’s a lot of space for rear-seat passengers and the adjustable backrest just adds to the experience. But to generate more headroom the bench is set quite low, which in turn compromises on thigh support. The rising rear window-line also makes the back-seat ambiance a little claustrophobic. What also could have been better at the rear is the centre armrest, which is placed a bit too high.

The boot at around 513-litres is big enough and its square shape and low loading lip makes it very usable. The flexibility of having a 60:40 folding rear seat makes this a very practical car. As ever with Hyundai, the Tucson is well equipped. Apart from the touchscreen, you’ll find things like auto headlamps, keyless entry and go, cruise control, powered driver’s seat, six airbags, powered tailgate, ESP and of course, Bluetooth on this top GLS model. But we did miss things like automatic wipers, ventilated seats and sunroof.

Hyundai Tucson Engine & Transmission

Considering the price point that the Hyundai Tucson is placed at, it had to have a diesel engine with an automatic gearbox. And that is exactly what it gets – a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine that makes 182PS of peak power and 400Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox that gets a sports and eco mode as we mentioned earlier and is a proper torque convertor unit instead of the more popular AMT that is being adopted by everyone. With 182bhp, you would expect the Tucson to be quick in a straight line and it is. It wont win any drag races but is definitely quicker than almost every other SUV in its segment or even a segment above it. The gearbox too shifts smoothly and has no shift shock. A set of paddle shifters on the steering wheel would have been ideal. You could also choose to have a 6-speed manual with the diesel engine but honestly, in this segment, automatic is the way to go.

The petrol engine is also a 2.0-litre unit with both a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic on offer. The engine makes 152bhp of peak power and 192Nm of peak torque and we will get you a detailed review of how it drives very soon.But what impresses us most is how much work Hyundai has done on the NVH levels. You can barely hear the diesel engine up to about 2700 rpm and even post that, the engine noise is not intrusive. Hyundai has also worked on cabin noise in general and even the front fenders have received considerable foam padding to reduce infiltration of vibrations and noise into the cabin. All of this means that the Tucson does not wear you out as you drive it for longer distances.

Hyundai Tucson Driving Dynamics

The new Tucson gets only front wheel drive in India but is still more poised than competition. That said, there is a bit of body roll when you push the car beyond its comfort zone and this gets compounded when you go through a set of tighter corners fast. The Tucson is one of those cars that can be made to handle but prefers to do it in a dignified and non-hooligan way.For more information on Hyundai Tucson Isc2013

The trade off of course is great ride comfort. The Tucson doesn’t break your back over a pothole and is actually very comfortable over smooth and broken roads. There is a sense of cushiness in the ride but that doesn’t mean that the Tucson gets floaty as you get faster. In fact, this compact SUV feels quite poised and composed even at three digit speeds. Steering feedback is a little heavier than expected at lower speeds but does weigh up well. There is still a slightly numb feeling in the overall steering feedback but it is not as lifeless as in some of Hyundai’s other products.

Hyundai Tucson Safety & Security

Hyundai Tucson has received the highest 5-star safety rating from the EURO NCAP in 2015, and it won the Top Safety Pick+ Award 2016 in the USA from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). As for the safety features, it comes with 6 airbags, ESP with VSM, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), first-in-segment Downhill Brake Control (DBC), ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, reverse parking camera, height-adjustable front seatbelts, speed-sensing auto door lock, impact-sensing auto door unlock, 3-point ELR seatbelt, etc., to name a few.

Hyundai Tucson Price in Bangalore

Hyundai Tucson On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 23,35,106 to 33,80,403 for variants Tucson Nu 2.0 6 Speed Manual Base and Tucson R 2.0 6 Speed Automatic GLS respectively. Hyundai Tucson is available in 5 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Tucson variants price in Bangalore. Check for Tucson price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

Hyundai Tucson Summing Up

On the whole, the Tucson doesn’t have much to offer enthusiasts but it makes a great choice as a family car. With the Honda CRV being its only rival, the fact that the Tucson gets a powerful diesel motor option makes it a much more tempting buy. It gets loads of kit too and does look rather special. Priced in between Rs 18.99 lakh (petrol M/T) to Rs 24.99 lakh (GLS diesel A/T) the Tucson slots right in between the smaller Creta and the premium Santa Fe. With rivals like the Volkswagen Tiguan still some time away, the Tucson has a clear road ahead to be yet another success story for Hyundai. It does have some limitations yet it works really well as a family car. So the Hyundai Tucson isn’t a SUV to die for but it’s also a product you can’t go wrong with.

Hyundai Tucson has been introduced with the sole purpose of bridging the gap between Creta and Santa Fe. However, the Hyundai Tucson price is on the higher side, as we expected it to start from Rs. 15 Lakh and go as high as Rs. 21 Lakh. Hence, it would be surprising if Hyundai is able to find the desired number of buyers in the Indian market. Fingers crossed, though!

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