The Hyundai Tucson is priced broadly in line with its biggest rival, the Nissan Qashqai, and is predicted to hold its value similarly well. That’s in part thanks to its long warranty and sensible running costs.
The 1.7-litre diesel offers the lowest running costs, particularly if you're going to be doing lots of miles every year. However, it’s still not particularly frugal compared with equivalent versions of the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar – officially or in the real world – and relatively high CO2 emissions make the Tucson a pricier company car than it should be. The more powerful four-wheel-drive diesels pump out even more CO2.
If you’re buying on finance it’s also worth noting that rivals such as the Kadjar are usually available with lower monthly repayments.
Hyundai Tucson equipment
Buyers can pick from S, SE, SE Nav, Premium and Premium SE trim levels. Pleasingly, even the entry-level version comes with a decent amount of kit, including air-con, electric windows and electric heated mirrors.
It’s the SE trims that we’d most highly recommend, though, as they come with climate control, cruise control, rear-parking sensors and heated seats. Go for the SE Nav if you can because, as the name suggests, it comes with sat-nav.
Premium versions feature some neat toys, like heated rear seats and front-parking sensors, but they’re too pricey to recommend.
Hyundai Tucson reliability
Hyundai performed well in our most recent reliability survey, finishing joint 9th with two other manufacturers in a survey of 37 companies. Hyundai’s SUVs have also performed well in past surveys, suggesting that the Tucson should prove a reliable option.
Regardless, a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty is standard, which should help quell any concerns. Every Tucson also comes with five years’ roadside assistance and complimentary vehicle health checks. This, in conjunction with the five-year warranty, is a far better deal than offered by many rivals, most of whom only supply three-year, 60,000-mile warranties.
Hyundai Tucson safety & security
Every Hyundai Tucson gets the basic safety kit as standard, including six airbags, tyre pressure monitoring, trailer sway assist and hill start assist. A five-star result from Euro NCAP is further evidence that the Tucson should keep you safe from harm; it’s slightly worse at protecting adults occupants and pedestrians in crashes but better at keeping kids from harm.
If you go for an SE version or up then you’ll benefit further from a lane keep assist system. However, it’s disappointing that only top-spec Premium models come with automatic emergency braking and blind spot-monitoring.
SE versions and above also come with a full-size spare alloy wheel, which will please those who regularly venture down rougher roads. There is one exception, however; the 1.6-litre GDi gets a tyre repair kit, which is also found in entry-level S versions.
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The entry-level trim comes with a sensible amount of kit, including air-con, a DAB, Bluetooth and automatic headlights. If you can live without the likes of cruise control and sat-nav then it’s not a bad bet, but these versions can look and feel a little bare bones.
Fork out for an SE version and your Tucson will benefit from both cosmetic and equipment upgrades. You get 17in alloys instead of 16s, roof rails and upgraded headlights with a cornering function. Additional kit includes rear parking sensors, cruise control, dual-zone climate and heated seats.
Our pick SE Nav
This is the best of the line-up, we reckon, striking a decent balance between equipment and cost. It builds on the SE by adding an 8.0in touchscreen media and navigation system, a reversing camera and a speed limit information system.
You get a lot of neat touches and visual upgrades in Premium versions of the Tucson but they are also quite expensive. Key changes include the addition of 19in wheels, leather seats, heated rear outer seats, automatic wipers, tinted glass and front parking sensors.
Flagship versions of the Tucson benefit from advanced features, including ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof and LED headlights. It’s all getting a bit expensive by this point, though, so if you can live without these features then we suggest you pocket the saving and go for one of the other trims.