I have just part exchanged my Toyota Rav4 in order to purchase my Hyundai Tuscan crtd cdx. i only did this to improve my carbon foot print and to keep the tax down.The equipement inside the cabin is excellent with air con as well as a sunroof.The only bone of contention is the indicator and wiper controls are situated on the wrong sides.The running costs of this car are not anywhere near what the manufacturers claim,at present i cannot get the miles per gallon above 28 no matter what i try.Off road this car is nowhere near as good as the toyota traction wise.Other than this it seems to be a spacious and comfortable car but so was the Toyota.
This car is fantastic value for money. I got this car from Seaham Hyundai for just £11995 brand new.
Its drives very nice and have done 3000 miles upto now in two months. It's quiet provided you dont push it. It appears to be well built and has very good spec. I'm getting about 33.7mpg which isn't far off Hyundai's claimed figure and hope this will improve as it gets run in.
I have previously owned Audi, Alfa Romeo, Rover to name a few and used to sell motor vehicles in the past (Volkswagen and Vauxhall) and can state that should you require a roomy, versitile, comfortable vehicle with lots of kit and a cracking warranty, then look no further.
I bought the two wheel drive version as I don't go off road and unless you really need the 4 wheel drive version then this is the one to go for, bearing in mind it only does about 4 mpg less then the diesel version, and at todays difference in price between petrol and diesel, I couldn't justify paying £2k more for the diesel plus an extra 12p per litre.
Just bear in mind,for those potential Toyota/Honda SUV buyers, you will pay about £7500 more than I payed, for a RAV4 or a CR-V. Yes, they may use better quality plastics, but £7500's worth, I think not. Get over the badge snobbery and give one of these a go. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
If ASDA were to make a car, this would be it. Looks wise it is not going to win any beauty contests, with its mango like styling it looks chunky, intimidating and brash. It has twin exhausts to add a sporty feel and all the normal body and bumper colour coding that you would expect.
Inside there is leather, a sea of grey, bland and cheap plastic, but is solid enough and the controls are sensible and well positioned. Equipment is generous, with climate control, cruise control and electric sunroof to name but a few. It’s safe too, with a 4 star NCAP rating, twinned with alarm and an engine immobiliser it’s not going anywhere.
The engine is good, although tough to work hard and sounds like a Stagecoach bus, but is better than a lot of diesels out there. (Fuel gauge is in US gallons, not much good if you live in Leicester.)
It has 4WD on demand and will cope with a muddy NCP car park, but when trying to tow anything, its slow, sluggish and sulky, it just does not perform as a 4X4 like the rest of its European rivals.
Running costs are average but it will never achieve the 39mpg that Hyundai claim, its is on par with the rest of the competition, 30-35mpg at best, service costs are average and with a 5 year unlimited mileage warranty, your laughing. Depreciation if bought new will be sinister, a used one will hold its value, thanks to that engine, prices start at £17,305 new but I would be tempted by its more attractive, stylish younger sister, the Kia Sportage.
I bought the car new in May 2007, Took a demo out for a test drive and was very impressed indeed. Deal done that day ! I am an advanced Police driver, but was not looking for an out and out performance car...just a cheaper, reliable and safe famiy car. The Tucson ticks virtually all the right boxes for me, and having covered 11000 miles this last year, I have absolutely no regrets whatsoever. The ride is smooth and controlled. At speed it is really comfortable, and feels light yet composed. The wind/engine noise is really well supressed. You can have a normal conversation with all passengers without having to raise your voice ! Really great spec' list, very practical layout, and a total pleasure to own ! Fuel consumption is coming out between 35-40 mpg combined....and if I fill the tank to the brim, I actually achieved 562 miles on a recent long run. I think it will do even more if you stick to a steady 65-70mph max.
If I had to be picky, I would swap round the wiper/indicator controls, for the UK market, and re-arrange the boot liner so it sits higher. If only Hyundai could just reduce the Carbon emissions to below 175gms. then the lower car-tax band would make this even better value !
All in all, a cracking car....I ain't getting rid of this one for some considerable time to come !
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