Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
There's plenty of room in the front of the Tucson, so even taller occupants shouldn't feel at all cramped – there’s room to stretch your legs and the tall roof means you’ll have no trouble with head room.
The provision of numerous storage facilities – including a large cubbyhole in front of the gearlever and two cupholders – means you won't struggle to stow everything you need on a journey. All models also benefit from a cooled glove compartment that's ideal for storing snacks or drinks.
Three adults can just about fit comfortably in the back side by side; there's plenty of leg, head and shoulder room, even with taller people in front. There is a bit of a hump in the floor which the middle-seat occupant has to rest their feet on, though, and it’s worth bearing in mind that headroom is reduced if you go for the panoramic glass roof.
All Tucson models get a rear armrest with integrated cupholders is standard, as well as reclining rear seatbacks, and for storage you have cargo nets on the back of the rear seats and door pockets that are a bit on the small side.
Seat folding and flexibility
The rear seats split and fold in a 60/40 configuration via a lever just inside the door at the base of the seats, and they also recline so your rear-seat passengers can have a comfy seating position on longer trips.
You don’t have to remove the headrests, either, to fold the rear seats down and the end result is an almost flat boot floor. The seats are quite weighty, though, so some might struggle to put them back up.
The Tucson has a big boot that's fairly square in shape. The rear wheel arches do intrude a little into the space and restrict the boot's width a little, though. In total, there’s a little more bootspace than you'll find in a Nissan Qashqai and a similar amount to that offered by the Seat Ateca. You can cram just a bit more luggage in a Skoda Karoq, though.
Like the Karoq, there are some practical touches in the Tucson, too, including fold-out bag hooks, tethering points and a multi-position load bay cover. Top-spec Premium SE models get a powered tailgate, which should help when you're laden with shopping.