TUC­SON CROSSES OVER TO SUC­CESS

Im­pres­sive Hyundai model brings fresh sense of dy­namism ca­pa­ble of at­tract­ing new buy­ers

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - Front Page - ANDY EN­RIGHT

BACK in 2004, Hyundai launched what should have been a ground-break­ing model. Three years be­fore Nissan’s Qashqai launched the buoy­ant mar­ket for fam­ily-sized Crossovers, the Tuc­son could have been that car.

As it was, the Tuc­son was mar­keted as a small SUV, sold poorly and was even­tu­ally re­placed in 2010 by a model pitched as a fam­ily Cross­over, the ix35.

Now though, the Tuc­son name is back, this badge at­tached to a de­sign that re­places that rather apolo­getic-look­ing ix35 and which brings a fresh sense of dy­namism to Hyundai’s pres­ence in the Cross­over sec­tor.

It’ll need to do that for once you get be­yond the lower range mod­els, Tuc­son pric­ing is pitched a fair bit above that which ap­plied to that ix35.

The range may start at less than £19,000 for the en­try level S trim, but it’s very easy to spend an aw­ful lot more and you could end up shelling out well over £30,000.

So, what do we have? The tough looks of a SUV, the sen­si­ble prac­ti­cal­ity of a 5-seater mini-mpv and the af­ford­abil­ity of a fam­ily hatch­back. These are the facts be­hind a Tuc­son model good enough to at­tract many new buy­ers to the Hyundai brand.

It’s nicely built, ef­fi­cient and ca­pa­ble in 4WD form of get­ting ev­ery­where any fam­ily driver might want to go.

No, it’s not per­fect — a lead­ing fam­ily hatch might of­fer slightly sharper han­dling and bet­ter all-round vis­i­bil­ity — but these aren’t deal-break­ing is­sues.

More im­por­tant will be this model’s com­pet­i­tive pric­ing and lengthy war­ranty. It’s a Hyundai of the mod­ern era. And that makes it a very im­pres­sive car in­deed.

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