The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — WR.

THE most sur­pris­ing thing about the Hyundai Tus­con is how close this SUV stayed to its 2011 list prices, which were be­tween R260k and R285k.

We thank Metro Cars in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg for al­low­ing us to test a 2011 two- litre Tus­con with man­ual trans­mis­sion and 90 000 km on the odo.

Sales man­ager Elvis Naidoo is sell­ing the ve­hi­cle with a two- year, un­lim­ited kilo­me­tre war­ranty from Re­gent as well as on- road costs with the Tuc­son, all for R227 000. On- road costs, ex­plained Naidoo, en­tail a li­cens­ing as well as a ser­vice that costs well over R5 000 at Hyundai deal­er­ships. What still makes the old Tus­con an ex­cel­lent buy is its dura­bil­ity. The out­go­ing Tus­con last year won the high­est qual­ity award in the 2015 U. S. Ini­tial Qual­ity StudySM ( IQS). Hyundai also ranked fourth among all brands in the sur­vey of own­ers by J. D. Power. We drove the 2011 Tuc­son when the city hit a record am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture of 51° C and we the air­con cooled the car down with­out be­ing turned on fully. This Korean brand cer­tainly has come a long way from the econo- boxes they were in the 1990s.

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