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

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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.

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