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Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - MOTOR GUIDE -

EN­GINES / TRANS­MIS­SIONS The 2.0- litre gaso­line di­rect in­jec­tion (GDi) en­gine, putting out 122 kW of power and 205 Nm of torque, is avail­able in Tuc­son Go and Ac­tive X mated to a six-speed man­ual or six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and front-wheel drive.

The 2.0 GDi en­gine is also avail­able in Tuc­son Elite teamed with a six-speed au­to­matic and all-wheel drive. SAFETY The in­tro­duc­tion of a SmartSense safety op­tion pack on the en­try-level Go and Ac­tive X mod­els makes ad­vanced safety ac­ces­si­ble on ev­ery Tuc­son grade.

The SmartSense pack, avail­able in au­to­matic mod­els for $2200, brings for­ward col­li­sion avoid­ance as­sist, blindspot col­li­sion warn­ing, rear cross-traf­fic col­li­sion warn­ing, lane keep­ing as­sist and driver at­ten­tion warn­ing sys­tems among the safety and con­ve­nience fea­tures. DRIV­ING In­put by Hyundai’s Aus­tralian chas­sis, sus­pen­sion and steer­ing en­gi­neers has made for an easy-go­ing char­ac­ter to the MY19 Tuc­son, even on some of the worst road sur­faces around.

The 2.0- litre en­gine of the Go is well matched with the six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, while per­for­mance and fuel econ­omy are ad­justable through a drive se­lect sys­tem.

Eco mode re­ally is ‘granny’ gear­ing with the Tuc­son a tri­fle tardy off the mark. Up to speed, it’s pass­able for town work, with a non-too-eco­nom­i­cal fuel con­sump­tion claim of 10.6 litres per 100 kilo­me­tres be­ing only a mi­nor con­so­la­tion.

Nat­u­rally, ‘Sport’ is a dif­fer­ent story, with the free-spin­ning mo­tor feed­ing up to 122 kW of power to the slick shift­ing sixspeed trans­mis­sion giv­ing a lively ‘step’ to the Tuc­son.

A new LED head­light unit of­fers in­creased vis­i­bil­ity through crisp white light­ing on low and high beam, as well as im­proved dura­bil­ity, with the maker claim­ing an es­ti­mated life­span four times greater than that of con­ven­tional halo­gen lights. SUM­MARY The ad­di­tion of the Go en­try-level vari­ant to the Tuc­son range can only add a fur­ther ad­van­tage to a class-lead­ing SUV. The SmartSense safety pack is a $2200 no-brainer.

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