USED IX35 RETAINS VALUE
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.