Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
On a spec-for-spec basis, the Tucson is priced slightly above rivals that include the Seat Ateca and Nissan Qashqai, but not by a huge amount, and there are some great discounts available if you visit our New Car Buying pages. It isn’t, however, predicted to hold its value quite so well as other family SUVs. That means that if you want to buy on PCP finance the deals generally aren’t as tempting as some rivals can offer, although they do undercut the Peugeot 3008.
The Tucson’s official fuel economy figures aren’t particularly competitive, either, so expect slightly higher fuel bills compared with its more efficient rivals, such as the Skoda Karoq and 3008. Similarly, its CO2 emissions are higher than those of many rivals, so it won’t be the most cost-effective company car option.
Equipment, options and extras
Even the entry-level S Connect version comes with a decent amount of kit, including the touchscreen infotainment system described earlier, plus 16in alloy wheels, power-folding door mirrors, two-zone climate control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Since it's available only with the weedy entry-level petrol engine, though, we think that SE Nav is the pick of the trims. As we've mentioned already, it gets rear parking sensors and a bigger infotainment screen, plus privacy glass and 17in alloy wheels.
Aside from adding heated front seats, the N Line adds mostly styling tweaks. The two upper trims add niceties that include keyless entry and leather trim, but are too pricey to recommend.
A five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty is standard and every Tucson gives you five years’ roadside assistance and complimentary vehicle health checks. This package is more comprehensive than those provided by many rivals, most of which only supply three-year, 60,000-mile warranties. The exception is Kia, with its standard seven-year warranty.
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 (AEB). Blind spot monitoring only comes with the top two trims, though.
A five-star result from Euro NCAP is further evidence that the Tucson should keep you safe from harm. It is slightly worse at protecting adult occupants and pedestrians in crashes than the Qashqai and Karoq, though.
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