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3 out of 5 stars

For Low prices, good kit, large cabin, value for money

Against Lack of refinement, low-rent interior, choppy ride

Verdict It's good value, but lags behind the best

Go for… 2.0 GSi CRTD

Avoid… 2.7 V6 CDX

Hyundai Tucson 4x4
  • 1. The big boot and rear seats that slide forward and can be split 60/40 give the Tucson real practicality
  • 2. The onboard trip computer is calibrated in US gallons, making its fuel economy readings confusing in the UK
  • 3. The 2.0-litre petrol engine is worth looking at because its 34mpg is not far short of the diesel's
  • 4. Owners report that there are no major problems to worry about on the Tucson
  • 5. The five-year warranty is mighty attractive, so check the logbook for a full Hyundai service history
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Hyundai Tucson 4x4 full review with expert trade views

You buy a Tucson because of its low prices. Even as a new car, it costs a lot less than its obvious rivals, but once it’s used, it’s a real bargain.

There’s no shortage of equipment on any models, and they all have plenty of space inside. You can fit five adults in complete comfort, and the big boot – along with rear seats that slide forward and can be split 60/40 – gives it real practicality.

However, there are some areas where you can see where you’re making sacrifices over a more expensive car. The steering wheel only has rake adjustment, for example, and some of the plastics look and feel rather low-rent.

On the road, too, the car is something of a disappointment. The steering is vague and there’s more body roll than in, say, a Nissan X-Trail, although it is well controlled and the ride is composed at speed.

Trade view

Martin Keighley

Good-value mid-size 4x4. CRTD best for driving and for holding value.

Martin Keighley
Valuations expert,
What Car? Used Car Price Guide

As on most 4x4s, the diesel engine makes the best choice, of course. Naturally, it’s the lightest on fuel, but the extra pull low down in the rev range means it’s ideal for off-roading and towing.

The 2.0-litre petrol is worth looking at, though, especially as its 34mpg is not far short of the diesel’s. It’s also the only engine available with two- as well as four-wheel drive.

The V6 is best avoided: the standard automatic gearbox strangles the engine’s power, so it’s not that quick, and the costs of buying and running it are too high.

For much the same reason there’s no need to pay any more than for the basic, but very well equipped, GSI models. You can step up to CDX (standard on the V6), which has leather upholstery, a sunroof and climate control rather than simple air-con, but we wouldn't bother.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Limited supplies especially diesel, 2.0 CDX does well though

James Ruppert
Used car guru

Compared with Japanese rivals such as the X-Trail, the Tucson looks a real bargain, especially as some models are beginning to escape the Hyundai network, leading to even cheaper prices.

They’re pretty inexpensive to run, too. You’ll get better fuel economy from a Tucson than you will from, say, a Jeep Cherokee or Suzuki Grand Vitara, and insurance groups are generally par for the course for a 4x4. Just the Kia Sportage really undercuts it, and only then by a couple of groups.

Likewise, you should have nothing to fear from routine running expenses. It may cost more to service the Tucson than an average hatchback, but it’s no worse than other 4x4s.

Hyundai's five-year warranty also should keep costs in check. Even if you need some unscheduled work done, it shouldn’t be too pricey. Figures from Warranty Direct show that Hyundai dealers have among the lowest labour rates, and that average repair costs for Hyundais are also pretty cheap.

Trade view

Martin Keighley

Good-value mid-size 4x4. CRTD best for driving and for holding value.

Martin Keighley
Valuations expert,
What Car? Used Car Price Guide

Possibly the Tucson’s most attractive feature is its five-year warranty from new, so any used model will still have plenty of cover left.

There aren’t any particular problems to worry about, however. The car is still relatively young, and no major problems have come to light. Certainly, owners give no cause for alarm as far as reliability is concerned.

However, fuel economy has been a problem. Not only are drivers not matching the claimed figures, the onboard trip computer is calibrated in US gallons, making its fuel economy readings confusing in the UK.

Otherwise, we expect few problems with the car. Figures from Warranty Direct show that claim rates on Hyundais are only a little worse than those of Mazdas and Toyotas, and the performance of other Hyundais in JD Power surveys has always been good – the Santa Fe finished in the top 20 in 2005, and the top 40 a year later.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Limited supplies especially diesel, 2.0 CDX does well though

James Ruppert
Used car guru
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