Hy­brid power and some sporty tweaks for new Tuc­son

Llanelli Star - - MOTORING - Chris Rus­son

THE sec­ond mild hy­brid pow­er­train from Hyundai is com­ing on stream and is mak­ing its de­but in the lat­est Tuc­son SUV.

It is a 48-volt set up mated to a 1.6-litre diesel en­gine and with a man­ual trans­mis­sion it in­creases fuel econ­omy to 50.4 to the gal­lon on the new WLTP test pro­gramme.

That is up from 48.7mpg on the non-hy­brid 1.6-litre diesel Tuc­son and emis­sions for the hy­brid are down to 113g/km.

The mild hy­brid ar­range­ment works by us­ing an elec­tri­cal sys­tem to help the en­gine un­der ac­cel­er­a­tion, re­duc­ing the amount of work it has to do and also en­ables more ef­fec­tive stop/start op­er­a­tion in­clud­ing idling the en­gine when the clutch is dis­en­gaged at low speeds.

As a re­sult the en­gine does not burn as much fuel with­out any im­pact on per­for­mance – 0 to 60 ac­cel­er­a­tion from the 1.6 is 11.8 sec­onds which is the same as the reg­u­lar 136ps en­gine.

And real world fuel re­turn was smack on with the new Tuc­son N-Line model we have just tried notch­ing up an av­er­age of 50.3mpg ac­cord­ing to the car’s on­board trip com­puter.

The N-Line trim is a sporty ad­di­tion to the Tuc­son range and costs from £27,760.

It is the first time Hyundai has in­cluded N-Line spec­i­fi­ca­tion out­side of its i30 mod­els and the Tuc­son is also the first Hyundai SUV to come with the spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

As such the Tuc­son N-Line gets a mesh grille and aero­dy­namic tweaks to the bumpers front and rear.

They also sit on 19-inch al­loys and come with up­grades on the in­te­rior such as red stitch­ing on the seats and steer­ing wheel, an N-Line badge on the gear lever and petrol ver­sions pow­ered by Hyundai’s 1.6-litre 177ps en­gine come with stiffer sus­pen­sion and sharper steer­ing.

Stan­dard kit in­cludes wire­less phone charg­ing, an auto hold func­tion on the park­ing brake, lane keep­ing con­trols and hill de­scent as­sis­tance.

The mild hy­brid 1.6 en­gine joins the 2.0-litre 48-volt model which was launched last year but that is avail­able only in top spec­i­fi­ca­tion Pre­mium SE trim cost­ing from £32,970.

The mild hy­brid N-Line per­forms well and its han­dling is lit­tle dif­fer­ent to the reg­u­lar diesel Tuc­son. The dif­fer­ence is a slightly live­lier up­take from the throt­tle and no­tice­ably bet­ter econ­omy.

Both petrol and diesel N-Line ver­sions are front-wheel-drive only with the petrol cost­ing from £25,995 in man­ual format, £27,785 for a DCT semi-au­to­matic.

The diesel ver­sion is also avail­able with a DCT box and those start from £29,050.

Hyundai is also us­ing the mild­hy­brid pow­er­train in all 1.6 diesel Tuc­sons with prices start­ing from £26,450 in SE Nav trim for 115ps mod­els and £28,600 for the live­lier 136ps ver­sions.

The new mild hy­brid line up ex­tends to Pre­mium and top spec­i­fi­ca­tion Pre­mium SE Tuc­sons with the line up top­ping out from £31,735 for man­ual mod­els and from £33,035 for those with DCT trans­mis­sions.

While the hy­brids are slightly heav­ier weigh­ing in at 2.195 tonnes – 75kg more than be­fore – tow­ing and lug­gage ca­pac­ity are un­changed at 1.6 tonnes for the 136ps model with boot space rang­ing from 513 litres to 1,503 litres with the rear seats folded – and that is with the bat­tery pack for the hy­brid sys­tem un­der the boot.

As with all Hyundais the mild hy­brid is pro­tected by a five year un­lim­ited mileage war­ranty and the Korean car maker has in­ten­tions of in­tro­duc­ing sim­i­lar pow­er­trains on other mod­els in the fu­ture.

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