MID-LIFE REFRESH: HYUNDAI REVAMPS ITS POPULAR TUCSON SUV
A refreshed new version of the latest, third generation of Hyundai’s Tucson mid-size SUV is now on sale. We check out the new features
WHAT’S NEW? Hyundai has just revamped its Tucson SUV, in a mid-life refresh that includes new design features, improved powertrains, advanced technology and better safety equipment levels.
The Tucson’s UK return in 2015 was a welcome replacement for the shortlived ix35.
This was a strange move as the original first-generation Hyundai Tucson, on sale from 2004-2009, was a good motor that sold relatively well.
However, it was replaced in most markets outside South Korea and North America, by a second-generation car branded the Hyundai ix35. You’ll still see plenty of them on our roads, and they’re a decent used car choice.
However, for some reason the Tucson name was resurrected or the third gen- eration car, which went on sale towards the end of 2015.
It was a welcome move, the new Tucson being roomier, bigger and better equipped than the outgoing ix35.
This summer, Hyundai issued an updated version of the third generation model to better reflect new trends and technologies.
Incidentally, the Tucson is named after the city of Tucson, Arizona and so is technically pronounced “Too-son”.
But most people we know around these parts pronounce it “Tuc-son”. Whatever.
file features new wheel designs in 16”, 17”, 18” and 19” sizes.
At the rear, there’s a new rear light design, with a redesigned bumper and exhaust tailpipe.
INSIDE THE CABIN The refresh continues inside, with an all new, redesigned soft-touch dashboard, with touchscreen display audio systems with DAB, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, now standard across the range. The new Tucson also introduces the KRELL audio system, first seen on Hyundai’s smaller Kona crossover SUV.
It comes with an increased number of safety features, with Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Keep Assist standardised across all trim levels, as well as Driver Attention Alert standard on SE Nav trim and upwards.
UNDER THE BONNET Powertrain efficiency has been improved, says Hyundai, with the introduction of a 48v mild hybrid powertrain – a first for the manufacturer – which combines with an all-new 8 speed automatic 4WD transmission on 2.0 CRDI 185PS models.
An all new “U3” 1.6 CRDI engine is also now available, in 115PS and 136PS outputs combined with a 6-speed manual (115PS/136PS) or 7-speed dual clutch transmission (136PS).
Petrol engines have an increased presence within the lineup, with both 1.6 GDI and 1.6 T- GDI engines available at higher trim levels than on the previous model Tucson.
1.6 CRDI and 2.0 CRDI engines now have Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology applied, with the addition of a 48v mild hybrid system on the 2.0 CRDI engine.
WHAT ARE THE TRIM LEVELS? The trim levels are fairly standard Hyundai fare: S, SE Nav, Premium and Premium SE.
The entry-level S model is priced from £21,845 – and for your money you get yourself a Tucson S Connect 1.6 GDI 2WD 6 speed manual.
The model will feature new equipment including a 7” display, rear view camera, USB charger for mobile devices, Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel controls and a leather steering wheel and gear knob.
Exterior enhancements include new design 16” alloy wheels, front fog lamps and door mirror mounted indicators.
Next up is SE Nav trim, which starts from £23,345. It features the 1.6 GDI 2WD 6-speed manual powerplant but adds additional kit like 17” alloy wheels, privacy glass, roof rails, LED rear lamps, and an 8” touchscreen display audio system with navigation. There are other specs offering different engines, all 2-wheel drive affairs. electronic parking brake, wireless charging pad for wireless charging equipped devices and a new KRELL premium audio system.
There’s also a leather interior, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, Blind Spot Detection system and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
An array of engine and transmission choices are offered including 7 and 8-speed transmission, for-wheel drive and the 48v mild hybrid system, which allows the standard stop/start system to extend its “engine off ” operations whilst the stop/start system is active, as well as supplementing the engine during acceleration, whilst still lowering emissions.
The range topping Premium SE model, from £29,745 for the 1.6 T- GDI 177PS 6-speed manual, adds a whole bunch of kit and refinements including an around view monitor, assisting the driver during slow speed manoeuvres, panoramic glass sunroof, smart tailgate, heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats.