2018 Hyundai Tucson review
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4/5

2018 Hyundai Tucson review

With Hyundai giving its mid-size SUV an update for 2018, we take a look at the new version to see if it has improved over its predecessor.

Introduction

Hyundai, like most other manufacturers these days, has a wide range of SUV-styled options for people to get their teeth into, and the Tucson is the mid-sized option.

This summer has seen the release of the updated version, with this model now available with a diesel mild-hybrid powertrain – as well as a refreshed design and new features.

Coming with a wide range of customisation options, the SUV is perfect for drivers after a large amount of storage space and comfort.

But can the update offer an improved experience over its predecessor that was released back in 2016? We take a look…

2018 Hyundai Tucson

Performance

Hyundai is offering the updated Tucson with a new range of powertrains, including two 1.6-litre petrols, a pair of 1.6-litre and a 2.0-litre diesel unit – with the South Korean brand also introducing a 2.0-litre mild-hybrid setup. Here we drove the base-level diesel, which developed 113bhp and 280Nm of torque.

Getting up to speed and cruising is well within the Tucson’s comfort zone, this version of the Tucson can get from 0-60mph in 11.6 seconds and go on to a top speed of 109mph. 

2018 Hyundai Tucson

Ride & Handling

The Tucson might not be the most exciting car to drive but that means Hyundai could focus on making it comfortable, and that’s where the Tucson excels. In the SE Nav model we got behind the wheel of, it came with 17-inch alloys and comfort suspension that created a supple ride and took on rougher surfaces in its stride.

The steering isn’t as sharp as other rivals, but you can place it on the road well enough.

2018 Hyundai Tucson

Interior & Equipment

If space and practicality is what you’re after, the Tucson doesn’t disappoint, as the seating layout is flexible and there are lots of storage spaces for you to use. The split-folding rear seats sit in front of the 488-litre boot, which when the rear bench is folded flat provides 1,503 litres for customers to use.

From the base S Connect trim, the Tucson comes with 16-inch alloys, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connection, dual-zone climate control, a rear view camera, power-folding wing mirrors, a leather steering wheel and gear knob, autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist – showing that you get all the essential equipment low down on the list of model options.

In the SE Nav model we tested, there were further creature comforts, such as traffic messaging and updates on the eight-inch touchscreen system, rear LED lights and parking sensors, privacy rear glass, 17-inch alloys, driver attention alert system, automatic windscreen wipers with rain sensor and auto-dimming rear view mirror.

Models further up can be fitted with larger alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a Krell speaker system, additional safety systems and bi-LED headlights – all of which improve the Tucson even more.

2018 Hyundai Tucson

Cost

Priced from £21,475, the Hyundai Tucson is well-priced considering the equipment it comes with and the competitors in its segment, such as the Seat Arona and Skoda Karoq. For the six-speed manual model we tested, it cost £25,285.

Even with the size of the Tucson, the 1.6-litre diesel can return a quoted 57.6mpg and 129g/km, which many will find to be well within their budget for running costs.

2018 Hyundai Tucson

Verdict

The Tucson does exactly what is expected of it and should be considered by those looking for a family car. With a practical layout that will please many and a considerable amount of equipment from the base trim level, the Tucson is a worthy competitor in the mid-size crossover segment, which has become all the more competitive in recent years. Running costs are impressive too, and with the motoring market going further towards cleaner driving, the diesel mild-hybrid option could become very popular.

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