All-new Hyundai Tucson SUV in CarToq’s first drive review [Video]
Tucson is not an unfamiliar brand in India. In fact, the Tucson is so famous around the world that it is the most popular Hyundai in the world. The brand has introduced the all-new fourth-generation Tucson in the Indian market and it is unlike its predecessors. After taking a close look at the Tucson, we finally got a chance to get in the driver’s seat. What do we think of the all-new Tucson? Well, keep reading or simply watch the video below.
Tucson looks ravishing
The all-new Tucson follows the latest version of the Sexy Sport. This means you get a lot of flow across your body. But the latest version of the Tucson is all about muscle and deep wrinkles all around. The front of the Tucson is very different and unlike any other car on the road. That’s thanks to the parametric grille design. The DRL LEDs are smartly embedded in the grille and the nickel chrome finish ensures that these DRLs disappear when they go off like magic.
The side of Tuscon has some deep wrinkles. It looks busy but it is a very muscular design. In different lights, these lines have different shades. The wheel arches are squarely designed and retain the diamond-cut 18-inch alloy wheels. They reveal disc brakes when in motion.
The rear of the Tucson once again shows some great effort in shaping the LEDs. The brake light with dual T-design glows showing an interesting design. The tail lights are connected by a light bar. The tailgate opens and closes electrically and opens up to 540 liters of space. You can fold the rear seats flat to create space for moving around the house.
Overall, the Tucson looks futuristic on the roads and I have to say that no other car in this price segment has such a premium and luxurious look.
Kept in luxury
Hyundai has only offered the LWB version of the Tucson for the Indian market. This translates into a lot of space inside. We started checking the cabin from the second row of seats. The seat is perforated and has a large foldable armrest. You may find the seat a bit low, but you can recline it even further to get the perfect posture for your long journeys.
There is also a separate driver mode that can be used using the buttons on the co-driver’s seat. Because the seats are electrically adjustable, the driver and passengers behind the co-driver’s seat can easily use the adjustment buttons. Rear passengers also have large windows, and because of the large panoramic sunroof, the new Tucson feels very airy. There’s even 64 color-changing ambient lighting that definitely makes the Tucson feel premium.
All three passengers have individually adjustable headrests and feature AC vents and two USB chargers to charge your devices on the go. All doors have large bottle holders. There are soft touch points on all four doors that also act as handrails.
The front row of Tucson is a luxurious place to lie down. The bucket seat surrounds the body perfectly and both seats are cooled and can also be heated. Hyundai has used some super premium materials on the layered dashboard. You will find all woven and soft materials. We also love the AC vents and diffused air mode. Turn on the diffused air mode to feel the gentle breeze on your face and let out the background noise in the infotainment system to complete the feeling of walking in nature!
Tucson’s steering wheel does not have a flat bottom but feels very luxurious with leather material. The buttons are designed in a 3D style that makes you think of the sharp exterior design. Right in front of the steering wheel is a 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster. The display is sharp and very bright. It is visible even in direct sunlight. I really like the placement of the instrument cluster. It’s still out on the street. Also, it changes colors with fun graphics when you change modes. Watch the video to know more. It also shows the outside view when you use the turn signal. Something that I love, personally.
In the middle, is another 10.25-inch instrument cluster leaning towards the driver. Even this screen is very bright and has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There are more than 60 BlueLink features on the vehicle. The Tucson’s cabin is equipped with all LED lights except for the lights behind the sunshades.
The Tucson also offers plenty of space to keep your belongings and has a dedicated place to keep your phone and charge it wirelessly. There is a generous amount of space under the armrest and ample space inside the glove box. Because there is no manual handbrake, the space in the center console opens up for cup holders.
Hyundai has done a great job with the fit and finish of the Tucson. We love the materials used in the cabin and there’s no shortage of luxury in the car.
Don’t drive like an SUV
Hyundai offers both petrol and diesel engine options for the all-new Tucson. There is a 2.0-liter Nu naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine. We only drive automatic transmission diesels so we’ll talk about that. The four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine produces 186 PS of maximum power and 416 Nm of peak torque. This is the most powerful diesel engine in the segment and is equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Tucson has a monocoque frame and with its balanced suspension, you won’t feel any bumps in the road. What you feel is a rush to press the gas further while turning. This is what I mean when I say it doesn’t drive like an SUV. The steering feels exactly where it goes where you want it to go.
Let’s talk about the engine. With an 8-speed gearbox, it can certainly accelerate quickly. The gearbox shifts gears quickly but you don’t get paddle shifters here. Well, you don’t miss the paddle shifters. Put the car in Sport mode to see the instrument cluster change color to red and the transmission keep revving until the higher RPM. We did some great speeds on the open highways around Bangalore. There’s no problem overtaking and there’s always backup power that can knock the Tucson ahead of other vehicles in a single touch.
We did that speed because of the confidence caused by ADAS. While we tested ADAS in a controlled environment a few weeks ago, we already feel more confident on the road because of the assistive features. The video shows all aspects of ADAS in the real world, and we particularly liked the adaptive cruise control system and the blind-spot monitoring system. They work well and are very handy in Indian terms.
The Tucson we were driving also had HTRAC. That’s what Hyundai calls an AWD system. There are multiple modes in AWD mode including Mud, Sand and Snow. While we weren’t able to test the AWD features in a challenging environment, we did take the Tucson to the lakeside, where it was difficult enough to test the system’s performance. It works pretty well.
Should you buy one?
At the time of the review, Hyundai did not disclose the price of the Tucson. Given the quality of the product, fit and finish, we expected Hyundai to offer a starting price of at least Rs 30 lakh for the vehicle. It is priced at Rs 27.7 lakh, which is significantly lower than expected. The Tucson has the best fit and finish in its class, especially since it’s a CKD model. We don’t think there’s another car in the segment with similar quality.
If you’re looking for a car for five that looks luxurious on the road, feels exemplary inside and has a generous amount of space inside, look no further than the Tucson.