The Hyundai Tucson is a small, well-equipped SUV that’s designed to offer buyers an alternative to the hugely popular Nissan Qasqhai. It’s effectively the successor to the Hyundai ix35 so, unsurprisingly, delivers good value for money in conjunction with decent quality and smart looks.
In order to appeal to as many buyers as possible, a wide range of options are offered. Buyers can pick from petrol and diesel versions, some of which are available with four-wheel drive and automatic transmissions. Five trim levels are offered, ranging from entry-level S to flagship Premium SE. Even the most basic version is well equipped, though, featuring air-con, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and a DAB radio.
Of all the engines we’d recommend the 1.7-litre CRDi diesel. It’s reasonably economical and offers up decent performance. It's also the cleanest engine in the range, so is the best choice for business users. It's only if you need four-wheel drive, or intend to be towing, that you really need to consider the more powerful 2.0-litre diesel.
We’d go for a mid-spec SE Nav version, too. Besides adding features including heated seats, climate control and cruise control, it comes with a smart 8.0in touchscreen sat-nav system. Few should find they need much more and, pleasingly, it’s a very affordable trim level.