Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
The entry-level Hyundai Tucson engine is the 148bhp 1.6 T-GDi 150 petrol, which comes with a manual gearbox and can hit 0-62mph in 10.3sec. If you upgrade to the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox you get 48-volt mild-hybrid (MHEV) tech, making it slightly faster, although the auto 'box needs a moment of thought before it gives you a slug of acceleration. There’s a more powerful MHEV, the 178bhp T-GDi 180, which has an auto 'box and four-wheel drive, and can officially do 0-62mph in 9.0sec.
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 electric driving in stop-start traffic. With the engine and motor combined, there’s plenty of pep for overtaking, with its 0-60mph time of 6.8sec beating the Kia Sportage and Ford Kuga when we tested it on a track. The six-speed dual-clutch auto 'box is hesitant, though.
Suspension and ride comfort
The Tucson rides softly at low speeds and over gentler undulations with reasonable aplomb, but it is more jarring over sharper potholes and ridges than cars with a bit of extra ‘give’ in their springs, such as the Skoda Karoq and Volvo XC40.
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 N Line and Ultimate models, or if you go for Premium trim with the heavier hybrid and PHEV engines (other Premium versions get 18in wheels).
Entry-level SE Connect models are the most pliant as they come with smaller 17in wheels with plumper tyres, which help to round off sharper abrasions.