Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The Tucson costs pretty much the same to buy outright as its closest 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-litre diesel offers the lowest running costs, particularly if you’ll be doing lots of miles. However, it’s not particularly fuel efficient 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.
Equipment, options and extras
Buyers can pick from five trims: S Connect, SE Nav, N Line, 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 sports-themed N Line looks the most upmarket in the range, while 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.
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.
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). 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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