Respectable in every area
A MID-LIFE refresh endows the Tucson with enough kit to be competitive against the latest crop of new mid-sized SUVs.
Standard are eight-inch touchscreen with smartphone mirroring, satnav and digital radio.
The drive-away price puts the Elite on a par with high-spec rivals, depending on who is doing deals in a particular month. Choose any colour other than white and it costs $595.
The five-year, unlimited km warranty is reassuring; less impressive are service intervals of 12 months/ 10,000km, though the first four trips cost $1290 if you pay upfront.
Leather-trimmed seats are good but the Elite lacks heating or cooling for the front pews and only the driver’s side is power adjusted. Legroom in the back is OK for tall adults.
The boot is a reasonable 488L, expanding to almost 1500L with the rear seats folded, and there’s a fullsize spare wheel.
Braked towing is rated at 1600kg but the towball load is restricted to 140kg.
There’s a full set of active safety software in the Elite, with AEB, adaptive cruise control, rear crosstraffic alert, blind-spot warning and lane-keep assist standard.
ANCAP rates the Tucson a five-star car. Pedestrian protection was rated marginal but it’s a moot point given AEB includes pedestrian detection.
All-wheel drive versions of the Elite are a huge step up from the 2.0-litre frontdrivers, simply because the AWD version uses a 1.6litre turbo; it’s not only more powerful but also uses a fraction less fuel in the process (7.7L/100km against 7.9L).
The suspension is well balanced but tuned for comfort over cornering and can thump over larger bumps. The brakes are respectable without being brilliant.
Verdict: The Tucson is good in every area without excelling. Hyundai’s competitive price should earn it a place on shoppers’ short-lists.
The Hyundai Tuscon Elite.