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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.