5. HYUNDAI TUC­SON ELITE

Camper Trailer Australia - - BUDGET TOURING -

The Tuc­son ar­rived last year as an all-new model re­plac­ing the ix35 and it’s a quan­tum leap for­ward for the Korean mid-size SUV.

The en­gine is smooth and revs freely, with next to no turbo lag – and the im­pres­sive 400Nm of torque ar­rives seam­lessly.

The Aussie-tuned sus­pen­sion de­liv­ers a fine mix of han­dling and ride com­fort – which is no easy task. Steer­ing is light but di­rect.

In­side the Tuc­son has plenty of room and seats are com­fort­able and sup­port­ive. Its 488L cargo space is up there with the bet­ter in the class and the Tuc­son is one of the few here with a full-size spare.

The healthy 400Nm peak torque and a brief rear over­hang of 890mm looks promis­ing for planted tow­ing per­for­mance. It’s just a shame that this mid-sizer wasn’t rated to tow more.

Price: $41,750

Eng/trans: 2L TD/six-speed auto

Power/torque: 136kW/400Nm

Tow­ing max braked/Tongue max:

1600kg/140kg.

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