Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
If you ate all your greens as a kid and went on to grow up as tall and strong as everyone said you would, then the Hyundai Tucson’s generous proportions will see you right. For a start, there’s at least as much head room as anything else in the class, plus plenty of leg room, too. It also feels broader and airier than many of its rivals, such as the Peugeot 3008.
The front door bins are on the small side but the roomy glovebox and various trays and cubbies strewn about mean that you won’t struggle to hide your paraphernalia away.
The Tucson’s rear seats are great for taller folks, so if your family SUV will be used regularly for ferrying adults as well as kids, it’s definitely one to check out. It’ll sit two six-footers comfortably, even with the front seats slid well back. There’s lots of room for their feet under the front seats and the head room is excellent.
It’s only when you add a passenger to the narrow middle seat that things become a bit pinched – mainly around the shoulders if all the passengers are burly adults. The rear door bins are small – just big enough for a 500ml bottle and that’s about it.
Seat folding and flexibility
The rear seats don’t slide back and forth as they do in the Volkswagen Tiguan, but they do recline for when your passengers fancy a snooze.
If you need some extra luggage space, they fold in a very useful 40/20/40 split, helping to maximise the space available for passengers and any longer pieces of luggage, and you can fold them easily using the handy levers positioned just inside the tailgate opening.
We’re yet to measure it and do our suitcase test, but the Tucson’s boot is almost certainly one of the biggest in the class – it looks like it’ll be nip and tuck with the BMW X1 for ultimate luggage lugging.
The wheel arches intrude a little but the boot’s still usefully wide, the floor sits flush with the bottom of the tailgate opening, and there’s a bit of underfloor storage for bits and pieces. The top-end version we tried had an electric tailgate, but that’s unlikely to be fitted to the cheaper trims.
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