I have owned this car for 17 months and overall I have been really happy with it. I regularly travel between Glasgow and Inverness and can do the 400 mile return journey on a full tank (60-80mph) which isn't bad for a 4x4. It's comfortable and loaded with gadgets which makes changing it a bit of a headache as you are not going to get anywhere close to the value for money from any other car manufacturer. This is my first Hyundai and I am looking forward to see what the next version of the Tucson will be like because if it improves like the Santa Fe did then I'll have no need to look eslewhere.
I bought a 56 plate pre-registered with only 18 miles on the clock last month for £5k+ off list with residual recovery and warranty left. Bargain for starters.
Economy was worse (marginally) than my last car (Skoda Superb 2.0) and fully satisfied with it although mental calculations are needed converting trip computer into UK Gallons. Wind noise doesnt appear to be an issue. Miss steering wheel audio controls (Hyudai please fit them) but kitted out exceptionally well. The boot cover however is about 6 inches lower than it needs to be makign the boot tight when it need not be.
Drives well on and off road. Totally happy so far.
I took receipt of a 2006 (56) Tucson crtd diesel limited just under 12 months ago. As this was my first brand new car, I had done a fair bit of shopping around and took out a few other 4x4s to compare. My budget ruled out the Disco, RAV4 and X3, so I was looking for value for money.
I narrowed it down to a Tucson and Grand Vitara and left the house with every intention of buying a Grand Vitara, until I drove it! It looks good, but drove like a tractor. By comparison Tucson had more pull, less road and wind noise and much higher spec. Add in the 5 year warranty and 3 years free servicing and an excellent part-ex on my Clio and the deal was done.
I've spent the last 12 months happily (and rather smugly) telling all what a bargain i'd found, the fuel economy is fine (34mpg day to day, about 39mpg on long runs), the ride is comfy and pretty responsive for a 4x4, and the climate control, leather, 6 speed box etc brilliant for a car with a price tag of £18k.
Have just had it in for 10,000 mile service (free, including all the consumables) and the car was returned to me washed and cleaned inside.
If VW or Toyota made this car you'd get a slightly higher level of finish, a lower spec, 2 years less warranty and £10k (at least) on the price tag. The Hyundai Tucson and new Santa Fe show that the quality gap between the budget 4x4 and the more established luxury 4x4 is getting smaller all the time.
I have owned this car for three years now. On the plus side it is well finished and equipped for the money. On the downside I find the drive awful, with a poor noisy engine with virtually no pull and an average 21mpg ( measured accurately, not on the car computer, which measures in US gallons).
Can someone tell me how they got the official fuel-consumption figures on this car- they are total fantasy!
In addition, it has a notchy gearchange and poor ride and handling qualities. I have complained about all these to our local dealer who insists the car is performing "normally".
If you have an interest in driving do not buy this car, save up and buy the excellent Freelander 2 instead!
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