The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The Hyundai Tucson’s driver’s seat isn’t as high up as the Volvo XC40’s – something to think about if you’re after that lofty SUV driving position. It is supportive through corners and comfortable on long journeys thanks to standard-fit electrically adjustable lumbar support. Go for range-topping Ultimate trim and you also gain a fully electric driver’s seat with memory function.There’s a superbly placed armrest either side of the seat – one atop the centre console and the other, matching it, on the driver’s door.
A 10.3in digital instrument cluster is standard and is easy to read at a glance. All the buttons on the dashboard are positioned closely around you, too, although most are touch-sensitive rather than being press-buttons, and as such, it’s tricky to operate them by feel. You may need to take your eyes off the road to find and use them.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
The front pillars aren’t thick but, because they’re set at quite an angle, they get in your way a little through tighter corners or at T-junctions. The rear pillars are huge, so if you’re a nervous parker, try manoeuvring the Tucson on a test drive to see how you get on.
You’ll almost certainly end up relying on the parking aids. Thankfully rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera are standard – they are on most Hyundais – while Tucson Premium models introduce LED headlights and front sensors.
If you tick the box for the optional Tech Pack, you gain a 360deg camera and a system called a Blind Spot View Monitor (BVM). The latter system is rather unusual: when you flick the indicator on, a camera feed shows you an image of what’s in your blind spot in the digital instrument display. Fair play, that’s a potentially handy addition, although looking down at the instruments while swapping lanes on the motorway isn’t necessarily advisable, so perhaps some bigger door mirrors would’ve been a simpler and more practical solution.
Sat nav and infotainment
All Tucsons benefit from an infotainment system that comprises of a 10.3in touchscreen that’s as crisp as the best flatscreens and comes with smart graphics to boot. The menus are also straightforward and the software is generally more responsive than the Peugeot 3008’s or XC40’s. There is a little delay on some of the functions, so it’s not as snappy as the best touchscreens, including the Skoda Karoq’s and Volkswagen Tiguan’s.
Again, Hyundai’s penchant for giving you lots of kit means satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring comes as standard, while moving up to Premium trim brings wireless phone charging and an eight-speaker Krell premium sound system.
The materials feel good to touch – soft and sensual where it counts – and the buttons come with a well-damped action. It’s nicer overall than the Tiguan’s interior, which has more hard plastics throughout.
That last dollop of premium panache that cars like the XC40 provide is missing, though: the plastic sheen to the Tucson’s leather seats and the faint flex when you lean against its centre console see to that.
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