Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
As we mentioned earlier, the Tucson comes as standard with plenty of kit, but you pay for this privilege with the Tucson commanding a higher starting price than rivals such as the Seat Ateca, Skoda Karoq, Volkswagen Tiguan and Volvo XC40. Meanwhile, the upper trim levels push the Tucson into the premium territory occupied by the BMW X1 and Range Rover Evoque and we doubt the Tucson will hold onto its value as well as the Evoque does.
Company car derivers looking for the lowest possible CO2 figures would be best to wait for the plug-in hybrid Tucson that will be joining the range in the not too distant future. However, for private buyers, the 1.6 T-GDi 230 Hybrid version produces just 127g/km (although, this does vary depending on spec) putting it in a reasonable benefit-in-kind (BIK) bracket – for reference, a 1.0 TSI Seat Ateca emits 139g/km.
Unfortunately, there are no official WLTP fuel economy figures yet, but from our experience the 1.6 T-GDi 230 Hybrid is pretty parsimonious – we managed just over 40mpg in a real-world test. That’s not as good as some diesels in the family SUV class, but it compares well with a lot of the petrols.
Equipment, options and extras
As we’ve already mentioned, entry-level SE Connect models come generously equipped with 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, high beam assist, cruise control, a rear camera, rear parking sensors, electrically adjustable lumbar support for the driver, and the infotainment system we discussed in that section.
If you want a few more goodies it’s well worth taking a look at Premium trim. For a relatively small jump up in price you're treated to larger 18in wheels (19in on Hybrid Premium models), a black two-tone roof, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats and steering wheel, keyless entry and start, an eight-speaker Krell premium sound system, LED headlights, a wireless phone charging pad and additional safety features (see the safety section for more information).
Luxurious range-topping Ultimate trim completes the line-up with 19in alloy wheels, ventilated leather seats, an electrically adjustable passenger seat, a panoramic sunroof, three-zone climate control and an electric tailgate. However, this pushes the Tucson’s list price worryingly close to the plusher Volvo XC40 and Range Rover Evoque.
Hyundai is one of the more reliable brands, finishing 6th out of 31 in our 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey. That’s one place below Skoda but above many other makers of family SUVs, including Audi, BMW, Seat, Volvo and Volkswagen. If you’re contemplating a Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover finished plum last.
You get a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty with the Tucson. That’s better than most rivals offer with the exception of Kia, which covers you for up to seven years.
Safety and security
Euro NCAP hasn’t tested the latest Tucson but it does come as standard with plenty of safety kit that’s designed to stop you from getting into an accident in the first place. For example, every Tucson comes with automatic emergency braking, a driver attention warning system, speed limit recognition, trailer stability assist, and a system that will automatically apply the brakes after a collision to ensure you don’t roll forwards and have a secondary impact. Clever.
Stepping up to Premium trim adds to the standard car’s already impressive safety equipment list list with a blind spot warning system and rear-cross traffic alert, while range-topping Ultimate models get a Highway Drive Assist feature that adjusts your steering for you in order to keep the car centered in your chosen lane – although you must keep your hands on the wheel.
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