Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
There's decent room in the front of the Tucson. Taller occupants shouldn't feel too cramped, with room to stretch their legs plus the high roof offers enough head room. That said, the Skoda Karoq is roomier still.
The provision of numerous storage facilities – including two cupholders and a large cubbyhole in front of the gearlever – means you won't struggle to find somewhere to keep essentials handy on a journey. All models also give you a cooled glove compartment that's ideal for storing snacks or drinks.
The Tucson impresses in the back, with more leg room on offer than you’ll find in the Karoq or 3008. Three adults can also just about fit comfortably side by side. The middle-seat occupant will need to rest their feet on the pronounced floor hump, though. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the panoramic glass sunroof, which comes with the top-spec Premium SE trim, reduces head room a bit.
Those slim side windows that we mentioned earlier don’t let in a huge amount of light, and the result is a less airy feel than you’ll find in some rivals. All Tucsons get a rear armrest with integrated cupholders as standard, and there are cargo nets on the back of the front seats. The door pockets are a bit on the small side, though.
Seat folding and flexibility
The rear seats recline and split and fold in a 60/40 configuration – with the flick of a lever just inside the rear door opening – but there’s no option of the more convenient 40/20/40 arrangement. Some rivals, such as the Karoq, offer that as well as rear seats that slide back and forth, and can be removed entirely.
All versions come with a height-adjustable front passenger seat, and top trims add a fully electrically operated passenger seat with lumbar adjustment.
The Tucson has a big, fairly square-shaped boot, with just a bit of intrusion from the rear wheel arches. In total, there’s a little more boot space than you'll find in the Nissan Qashqai and a similar amount to that offered by the Seat Ateca and Peugeot 3008. You can cram just a bit more luggage in a Skoda Karoq, though.
If you need to extend the boot, the rear seatbacks fold without the headrests needing to be removed, and leave you with an almost flat extended load bay. There are some thoughtful practical touches, including fold-out bag hooks, tethering points and a multi-position load bay cover, too. Top-spec Premium SE models get a powered tailgate, which should help when your arms are laden with shopping.
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