We have had the Tucson for 6 weeks now having driven 1250 miles around London and also a weekend in the Yorkshire Dales.
We have found the vehicle to be comfy inside, spacious and is very smooth and quiet to drive. The fuel consumption of our petrol model could be better but it handles the humps on the roads of Camden and Westminster well with very little discomfort to the driver. It has a good, high driving position, which is welcome around London traffic.
All in all, not being badge snobs ourselves, we think it is an excellent vehicle, good value for money, and looks good.
I traded in a Passatt TDI with 60,000 on the clock for new Tucson Auto. It's the first 4x4 I've owned.
The car is a delight to drive and very comfortable. Spec very good value for money and handles well for a big car.
Minus points are: appalling fuel consumption, struggling to get 24mpg on a run even with careful driving. The trip computer being calibrated in US gallons making it virtually useless. The auto box has a mind of its own and changes down on the smallest inclines.
If Hyundai come up with a fix for the trip computer and the fuel consumption improves to within 10% of published figures this will be a superb car to own.
We traded an Xtrail Sport TD for a Tucson CRTD CX. The Xtrail was a good vehicle but had several design problems, which we were keen to part with.
However, with the Tucson, we were worried about the badge and unfavourable reviews.
Minus points are the poor view out of rear view mirror, the lights can be left on without an audible warning, and there's less room in boot than the Xtrail. Otherwise, the spec is exceptionally good. The engine/transmission/four-wheel drive respond well when asked and noise is not a problem.
Performance on road is good (similar to the Xtrail) and is far better than most off road.
Mpg is about 3 miles more than Xtrail on a general run around. The driving position is good and firm, comfy seats suit my dodgy back. The interior is no more plasticky than the rest. As farmers, we get to drive most 4x4s on and off road and the reviews have been hard on this vehicle.
It deserves better. At this time, we feel we have got good value for money but we do worry about the residual value. The five-year warranty should help in that respect. The dealer was very patient during our several extended test drives.
Having picked up my Tucson 2.0 GSI two days ago I have done about 150 miles. The drive is very good for a big car and feels commanding on the road. Roll is well contained and speed bumps are smoothed out.
One of my worries was that professional reviews said that the interior was cheap and plasticky but my opinion is quite the opposite, having traded in an Audi A2 which is supposed to have a quality cabin the Tucson's is at least its equal.
Having tested used Rav4s and X-Trails for the same price of 15k or more, I don't think you can better the Tucson.
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