5. HYUNDAI TUCSON ELITE
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.
Eng/trans: 2L TD/six-speed auto
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