Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
There are no diesel engines for the Hyundai Tucson, just a range of 1.6-litre turbocharged petrols. The entry-level is the 148bhp 1.6 T-GDi 150, which comes with or without 48-volt mild-hybrid technology (badged MHEV). With a manual gearbox, either version hits 0-62mph in 10.3sec, or slightly faster if you opt for the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. This pace is more than adequate, but the automatic gearbox needs a moment of thought before it gives you a decent slug of acceleration. There’s also a 178bhp T-GDi 180 48 Volt MHEV version, which comes with the auto 'box and four-wheel drive as standard. Officially it’ll hit 0-62mph in 9.0sec flat.
Further up the range is a full hybrid, the 227bhp 1.6 T-GDi 230 Hybrid. The battery is big enough for short bursts of leisurely electric driving in stop-start traffic, but with the petrol engine and electric motor combined, it’s no slouch away from the lights. There’s plenty of useful pep for overtaking, with its 0-60mph time of 6.8sec beating the Kia Sportage and Ford Kuga when we tested it on track. Its six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is hesitant, though, taking a moment to decide on a gear when you put your foot down.
Suspension and ride comfort
It also tends to rock about over uneven surfaces and struggles to settle down on a motorway. That's especially pronounced on the 19in alloy wheels you get with Ultimate trim, or if you go for Premium trim with the heavier hybrid and plug-in hybrid engines (other Premium versions get 18in wheels).