HYUNDAI TUCSON

Midlife is bet­ter not bit­ter

Wheels (Australia) - - Contents - DANIEL GARD­NER

A nip ’n’ tuck for the hardy Korean peren­nial

UN­LIKE the Carl­ton United Brew­ery, which tried to wa­ter down VB to 4.6 per­cent in the hope no-one would no­tice, Hyundai knows not to mess with a good recipe. That’s why the 2019 Tucson up­date is nominal at best. A light exterior scrub-up brings the fam­ily ‘cas­cad­ing’ grille along with a head and tail­light re­design, while a new ‘float­ing’ touch­screen headlines an in­te­rior makeover with smart­phone mir­ror­ing. The mo0s3t sig­nif­i­cant changes how­ever, lie un­der the Tucson’s pleas­ant skin start­ing with a sus­pen­sion re­vi­sion com­pleted in the name of com­fort. Coarse sur­faces still al­low a lit­tle roar into the cabin but the like­able road man­ner re­mains even when thrown over nasty sur­faces. A new eight-speed auto ar­rives for diesel-pow­ered ver­sions and de­cid­edly trounces the pre­vi­ous six-cog ’box which is still avail­able for the more af­ford­able but slightly lack­lus­tre 2.0-litre atmo Tucson. Smooth swaps and tightly bunched ra­tios now ex­tract the very best from the 400Nm oil-burner. An un­changed mid-range 1.6-litre turbo petrol cou­pled to a seven-speed dual clutch is still a lively per­former and easy to rec­om­mend, but the ar­rival of the new diesel trans­mis­sion has el­e­vated the more ef­fi­cient CRDI to the pick of the bunch if the bud­get al­lows. A new Go vari­ant re­places the pre­vi­ous Tucson Ac­tive which will doubt­less con­tinue to cater for fleet and govern­ment buy­ers along with the more speccy Ac­tive X, but the all-round ex­cel­lent Elite and High­lander ver­sions main­tain the al­lure for those who ap­pre­ci­ate their favourite brew in full-strength.

Model En­gine Max power Max torque Trans­mis­sion Weight 0-100km/h Econ­omy Price On sale Mclaren 570S Spi­der 3799cc V8, 32v, dohc, twin-turbo 419kw @ 7500rpm 600Nm @ 5000-6500rpm 7-speed dual-clutch 1498kg 3.2sec (claimed) 10.7L/100km $435,750 Now

Model En­gine Max power/torque Trans­mis­sion Weight 0-100km/h Econ­omy Price On sale Hyundai Tucson Elite CRDI 1995cc 4cyl, dohc,16v, turbo-diesel 136kw/400nm 8-speed au­to­matic 1707kg 9.0sec (est.) 6.4L/100km $43,150 Now

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