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Hyundai Tucson review

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8 Jan 2016 11:36 | Last updated: 18 Sep 2018 17:34

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Hyundai Tucson 4x4 running costs

The Tucson is priced broadly in line with its biggest rivals, the Nissan Qashqai and Seat Ateca, and is predicted to hold its value similarly well. That’s in part due to its long warranty and sensible running costs.

The 1.6 diesel offers the lowest running costs, particularly if you're going to be doing lots of miles. However, it’s not particularly frugal compared with equivalent versions of the Qashqai and Ateca, and relatively high CO2 emissions make the Tucson a pricier company car than its rivals. The more powerful four-wheel-drive diesel models pump out even more CO2.

If you’re buying on finance, it’s also worth noting that the Ateca and Qashqai are usually available with lower monthly repayments.

Hyundai Tucson 4x4 equipment

Buyers can pick from four trims: S Connect, SE Nav, Premium and Premium SE. Even the entry-level version comes with a decent amount of kit, including a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, air-con and a reversing camera. Since it covers all the basics, we reckon it’s the best-value trim in the line-up.

If you want more luxuries, SE Nav offers sat-nav, cruise control, rear parking sensors and heated front seats. The two Premium trims feature some even neater toys, such as heated rear seats and front parking sensors, but they’re too pricey to recommend.

Hyundai Tucson infotainment

Hyundai Tucson 4x4 reliability

Hyundai performed well in our most recent reliability survey, finishing seventh out of 32 manufacturers. The Tucson also performed well, ranking fifth out of 13 in the family SUV class for cars of all ages.

A five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty is standard and should help quell any concerns. Every Tucson comes with five years’ roadside assistance and complimentary vehicle health checks. This, in conjunction with the warranty, is a far better deal than that offered by many rivals, most of whom only supply three-year, 60,000-mile warranties.

Hyundai Tucson 4x4 safety and security

Every Tucson gets a good level of safety kit, including six airbags, tyre pressure monitoring, trailer sway assist, hill start assist, lane-keeping assistance and automatic emergency braking. Blindspot monitoring only comes with the two Premium trims, though.

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 adult occupants and pedestrians in crashes than the Qashqai, but better at protecting child occupants.

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Verdict

The Hyundai Tucson offers decent value for money, a long equipment list and roomy interior, but its ride and handling are lacklustre at best

  • Excellent reliability record and impressive warranty
  • Lots of standard equipment
  • Spacious interior
  • Firm low-speed ride
  • Vague steering
  • Quite noisy
There are 11 trims available for the Tucson 4x4. Click to see details.See all versions
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Entry-level trim comes with a 7.0in touchscreen with DAB radio, Bluetooth Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a reversing view camera, climate control and automatic headlights. It doesn’t fe...View trim
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SE
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SE Nav
Bigger 17in alloy wheels, privacy glass, roof rails, rear parking sensors, automatic wipers and an 8.0in infotainemnt touchscreen with sat-nav and cruise control. It’s a fair bit pricier than S Con...View trim
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S Connect
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SE Nav
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Premium
You get 18in alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, an electronic parking brake, wireless phone charging and an upgraded audio system. There’s also a full leather interior with electrically adjusta...View trim
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Premium SE
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 b...View trim
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