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The new turbocharged Hyundai Tucson is an impressive SUV that truly deserves praise
urely, majority of you readers live an active lifestyle: Cycle every evening after work, hit the swimming pool every Saturday morning and will spend the entire Sunday out with the family. While it’s not easy being Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods and superman all in one, you just enjoy doing it.
Thus, the car you are buying must have the following mind: It must be spacious and versatile. Branding is not the issue, as what is most important here is that it must be able to compliment and serve itself as a practical car for all your needs. An MPV might seem to be the best solution, but honestly speaking it just makes you, well, look twice your age.
So what car should you get then? Here’s a suggestion - a family SUV, like this quietly introduced Hyundai Tucson Turbo.
Now don’t laugh it all off just yet. SUVS are no longer those staid, boxylooking chunk of metal on wheels. Far from that; factually, manufacturers have been churning out attractivelooking estate, and this offering from Hyundai is quite the looker.
Visually, the Tucson does not come with any fancy body kits or whatnots, giving it some sort of charm; it looks mature and did not try too hard to be what it’s not meant to be. A front wheel driver, it will survive the urban jungle perfectly; the road-tax friendly 1.6-litre turbocharged engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission auto churns out a respectable 175bhp and 265Nm of torque, strong enough to lug all that 1,624kg bodyweight around. Hence, a zero to 100km/h acceleration timing of 9.1 seconds for a vehicle in this class, is truly, worthy of praise.
Despite the downsized engine (a 2.0-litre, naturally-aspirated variant is also available), out on the expressway it is surprisingly refined to drive. Hyundai’s engineers seemed to have put in lots of effort at keeping the cabin quiet and as vibration-free as possible. In fact, at expressway legal cruising speeds, sounds from the engine compartment are hardly audible, you don’t get any