Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Hyundai Tucson 4x4?
While the Tucson isn’t a massive car, it feels quite bulky from the driver’s seat, and it’s hard to spot where it ends. Given that not every model was fitted with rear parking sensors and comparatively few had them at the front, it will pay to check carefully for body damage or signs of a hasty repair.
Check, too, that the alloy wheels haven’t been kerbed excessively, especially the larger-diameter versions, which will be costly to renovate if necessary. Bigger chips and grazes could be indicative of expensive damage to the suspension.
It’s also worth checking the electrics over carefully, because a few Tucson owners have noted electrical glitches. Don’t forget there are a few electrical features where you might not expect them to be, such as in the button that opens the boot.
Happily, the Tucson is relatively problem-free. However, several owners have reported excessive clutch wear and/or flywheel faults that have led to costly repairs, even under warranty. Make sure, therefore, that any manual Tucson you’re viewing has a clutch pedal that operates freely and shows no sign of slippage, and keep an eye out for any odd sensations through the clutch pedal or sluggish starting during your ownership.
Hyundai’s five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty when it was new means you shouldn’t have to pay for too many repairs. However, do be careful to check the terms and conditions, though, because cover can decrease in the last couple of years of the warranty. In short, the Tucson should be a cheap car to run, even once the warranty has run out, though, the Tucson shouldn’t cost the earth if it goes wrong.
What are the most common problems with a used Hyundai Tucson 4x4?
Secondary bonnet catch
The secondary bonnet catch might not be strong enough to hold the bonnet at speed if it isn't closed properly. This recall applies to Tucsons built between 6 January 2015 and 15 March 2016, and if your car is affected, it'll need to have a stronger catch installed at a Hyundai dealer and some updated software uploaded for the open bonnet warning message in the driver's instrument cluster.
Is a used Hyundai Tucson 4x4 reliable?
The Tucson scored a high reliability rating of 96.6% in our latest survey and a sixth-place finish out of 21 family SUVs. Hyundai as a brand also did very well, coming in 7th out of 31 manufacturers.
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