Hyundai Tucson Overview
Of late, Hyundai has been treading a rather unconventional path when it comes to rolling out new cars in India. It launched the new Elantra at a time when all other car makers have been shying away from the segment citing low sales. That gambit appears to have paid off with Elantras being shipped out of showrooms at a rather brisk pace. But barely three months into the Elantra’s launch, Hyundai has executed a similar move by introducing the Tucson – an SUV that sits bang in between the soft-roader pack that is lead by the Creta on one side and the Santa Fe on the other.
It’s a space that has been left to Honda’s petrol-only CR-V. Is that down to a lack of interest in the segment or has it been underserved? And is the Tucson good enough to revive it? Also, the challenge is tougher still for the urban Tucson as it sits in a price range that will have it rubbing shoulders with the butch and rugged Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner. So, is this 5-seater SUV really all that impressive for buyers to take the bait?
Hyundai Tucson Look
Hyundai has become something of a design leader in recent times; there’s a good number of elements that would attract one to the Creta and the Elantra and the new Tucson is no different. Regardless of the fact that crossovers are often more about function than form the Tucson looks good and, more importantly, well proportionate as well. Up front, there’s the familiar hexagonal-shaped grille and LED twin-projector headlights. The grille though is reminiscent of newer Audis with its chrome edges blending into the headlights. The other thing that stands out is the prominent hood crease that adds muscle to the front-end of the vehicle.
The Tucson’s roof rails are quite low-profile, perhaps for an integrated, functional look. From the rear, a Z-shaped character line above the rear wheels accentuates the strong haunches – a design feature found in many crossovers. The rear-end though is too soft and simple in comparison thanks to the curved rear screen and the i20-like slim taillights.
Hyundai Tucson Comfort
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 Transmission
Like the rest of the car, the 2.0-litre diesel engine is all-new too. The new 1995cc four cylinder turbocharged unit is good for 183bhp and 400Nm of healthy torque from as low as 1750rpm. It gets a new Bosch injection system which operates at a higher 2000bar pressure and it also features e-VGT to reduce the amount of turbo lag. It is coupled to the same 6-speed automatic transmission found on the Elantra, but is upgraded for quicker response and fuel efficiency. To know more information on Hyundai Tucson check Mpculture
The first thing you notice as soon as you start this motor, is that it definitely feels noisier than the smaller 1.6-litre unit in the Elantra. But it still feels quieter than the 2.0-litre diesel mill found on VW group cars. Step on the gas and the immediate responses of the engine are impressive. The Tucson accelerates in an extremely linear manner and this makes it great for in town use. Even on the highway it is deceptively quick, whisking you forward from as little as 1800rpm and it’s only when you look at the speedo that you realise that you’re going much faster than you anticipated. The strong midrange also makes overtaking easy and this makes for a good long distance car.
The upgraded 6-speed auto is willing too. It feels light on its foot and ready to downshift whenever the need arises. You also get driving modes standard in the top-of-the-line GLS variant. In Eco mode, the gearbox keeps the engine in the highest gear possible to aid fuel efficiency. But even then, the surplus of torque makes this mode usable in all driving conditions. In Sport mode the gearbox keeps the engine at high revs and the throttle response is more immediate too. But in this mode the engine becomes a bit too vocal and unless you are in the mood to drive fast, the Eco mode works better. The torquey nature of the motor is confirmed by our Vbox timing gear. In the sprint to 100kmph, the Tucson posted a brisk figure of 8.73 seconds.
Thanks to the rigid chassis, we were expecting good dynamics from this Hyundai SUV. At low speeds, thanks to the soft suspension setup the Tucson gobbles deepest of potholes with ease. Light controls, great sound insulation and quiet suspension further add to the stress-free nature of the Tucson. Up the speed however and the limitations of the Tucson’s dynamic envelope comes to the fore. Though high speed stability is very good, the softly-sprung Tucson does tend to bounce (especially at the rear) and also tends to roll a fair bit when driven fast. On a twisty section you’d wish the Tucson’s steering offered more feel too.
Hyundai Tucson Driving
In the handling department, the Tucson lacks the hunkered-down, car-like vigour of the Honda CR-V. The lightly weighted steering feels best around town but feels vague around the straight-ahead position. Overall, the steering reaction is consistent, if slow, at high speeds. As for the all-important ride quality, the low speed ride is plush and absorbent even on bad roads. However, up the pace and it’s a whole different story – the Tucson tends to bounce over undulations and requires a second or two to settle. We suspect much of this is down to the softer suspension setup. And because it is softly sprung, the Tucson doesn’t react very well to mid-corner undulations either as the rear-end feels skittish at higher speeds.
Hyundai Tucson Safety
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 Pune
Hyundai Tucson On Road Price is 22,25,265/- and Ex-showroom Price is 18,73,975/- in Pune. Hyundai Tucson comes in 5 colours, namely Wine Red,Phantom Black,Sleek Silver,Pure White,Star Dust. Hyundai Tucson comes with 2WD with 1999 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 153 bhp@6200 rpm and Peak Torque 192 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN 2WD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Hyundai Tucson comes with Manual Transmission with 2WD .Check for Hyundai Tucson price in Pune at Tryaldrive.
Hyundai Tucson Final Word
Let’s wind up this review with the Tucson’s weaknesses and some of the points raised may appear as sheer nit-picking. For example, while the Tucson’s cabin is a nice place to be in, we wish it was richer still and fitting of a car this price. Also, the middle row seat could have been more comfortable. The more discerning may also point out that the Tucson should have gotten a sunroof and paddle shifts at least in the top-end variant.
Despite all of this, the Tucson makes a delightful case for itself as an overall package – it looks dapper, is laden with convenience and safety features (the top-end model gets 6 airbags, electronic stability programme and vehicle stability control), is a perfectly amicable machine to drive on all seven days and to any destination, however far or fancy that might crop up. Yes, there’s no all-wheel-drive option available just yet but Hyundai tells us there’s one coming mid next year so you could indulge in light mud-plugging then. For now the Tucson’s price of Rs 18.99-24.99 lakh sets it up to be an urban SUV that is aspirational, but just shy of being pricey. While the Tucson’s price is sure to make it pop up on the radar of the Endeavour and Fortuner buyers and vice versa, the sophisticated, car-like experience and five-seat configuration mark it out as a completely different proposition. Hyundai has taken up a challenge, but the Tucson looks set to recreate the Creta’s success in the segment above.