Hyundai Tucson Hatchback First Look Review


Hyundai Tucson Overview

Hyundai has unveiled the 2019 Tucson facelift more power and a host of new tech on offer.The Hyundai Tucson facelift comes with new headlmaps, DRLs and a cascading front grille. The grille now features four chrome slat instead of three on the predecessor, while the fog lamp housing and bumper has also been revised on the model. The 2019 Hyundai Tucson also gets a more seamless looking taillight design, while the reflectors have moved up on the tailgate in-line with the number plate holder.

The 2019 Hyundai Tucson is a mid life-cycle update to the SUV, but brings a major upgrade to the interior. The centre console has seen a major overhaul with a new floating touchscreen infotainment system in place that now rises from the dashboard similar to that of the new Kona. The air vents have also been moved below the touchscreen unit instead of flanking the display. The cabin also boasts of a revised instrument cluster and an electronic parking brake thrown in the mix.

Under the hood, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson continues to get the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 164 bhp and 204 Nm of peak torque. Hyundai has introduced a new 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 181 bhp, which replaces the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine with 175 bhp that was previously available on the model. Both the 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre mills come paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission in the US. Hyundai will be introducing the 2019 Tucson facelift in the US towards the end of this year. The updated SUV can be expected to make its way to the Indian market sometime in 2019.

Hyundai Tucson Design

The new Tucson is based on Hyundai’s familiar Fluidic Design 2.0 design language and hence features a busy design. There is a strong interplay of sharp creases on the vehicle, which gives the vehicle a futuristic and dynamic visual character. Overall, the design looks similar the larger Santa Fe but looks distinct enough to not be mistaken for a Santa Fe. The sleek swept-back headlamps flank a large chrome grille, giving the front an imposing stance. The headlamps consist of LED DRLs and projectors and below them in the bumper are the sleek fog lamps.

The side profile too is attractive and features a strong rising shoulder line and square-ish wheel arches. The showstopper at the side, however, are the 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, which are wrapped in 225-section tyres, thereby filling the wheel arch well. At the rear, the tail lamps resemble the Elite i20 but have a different cluster design. The prominent spoiler along with a protruding tail gate and twin-chrome exhaust tips give the Tucson a premium and attractive look. Overall, Hyundai designers have hardly put a foot wrong with the design of the Tucson and have delivered a striking and smart SUV.

Hyundai Tucson Cabin

Hyundai has really stepped up its game in the last few years when it comes to interior design and quality and the Tucson pretty much improves on the Creta’s design. The grey and beige two tone dashboard would have looked a lot more premium if it was offered in black but then, the current layout does look good with the polished silver AC vent surrounds and the gloss black AC control surround. The large central touchscreen is very easy to use and has a great user interface and as expected, comes with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto making it second nature to use when synced to your smartphone.

You also get parking sensors and a rea-rview camera along with features like cruise control. The Tucson is one of the first ‘mass market’ cars that offers an electronic handbrake instead of a conventional one. What this means is that the centre console gets a lot more storage area and two cup holders. The Automatic variant also gets a drive mode button and hill hold assist buttons right next to the electronic handbrake. The Tucson also gets an electronic tailgate which can be opened and closed though a button on the dashboard which makes it very handy to use.

Get into the rear seats and the amount of space offered in such a relatively compact package will impress you. There is enough space for three passengers to sit comfortably and since the seats offer a 60:40 split, you can recline them to get more comfortable. The rear passengers get AC vents in the centre and the top of the line package gets leather seats. Safety features are something that we always appreciate and instead of providing a simple lap seatbelt for the middle passenger, Hyundai has gone that one step further and offered a retractable roof mounted seatbelt. The large boot has a retractable cover and Hyundai has offered the Tucson with a full sized spare wheel instead of a space saver. View offers on Hyundai Tucson in Hyderabad at CarBing.

Hyundai Tucson Engine

The Tuscson comes with two engine options, a 2.0-litre Nu petrol engine, which also powers the recently launched Elantra and an all-new 2.0-litre CRDi diesel engine. At the drive, however, we got our hands only on the diesel Tucson, which is expected to sell in larger numbers. The petrol engine generates 153 hp of power at 6,200 rpm and 192 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The new R e-VGT 2.0 CRDi engine produces a healthy 183 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque between 1,750 rpm to 2,750 rpm. Both engines have the option of a 6-speed manual and an automatic transmission, which is a good thing since the customer has the complete freedom of choosing, irrespective of the fuel choice s/he makes

Off the line, the Tucson moves without any hesitation and offers good acceleration in the low and mid-range. Closer to the top end is where the engine doesn’t feel too comfortable and under 4,000 rpm is where all the juice is. Our test car was equipped with a torque-convertor six-speed automatic transmission, which works well in urban conditions but is tuned towards fuel-efficiency. As a result, when one stomps on the accelerator or tries to accelerate from a constant speed, the transmission hesitates a bit to downshift. Engaging the Sports mode too doesn’t help as the transmission is coded to always search for the highest possible gear.

The engine is a smooth unit and is complemented well by impressive NVH proofing, which filters out most of the external sounds, making the cabin a relatively silent place. While we weren’t able to test the vehicle extensively, it returned about 17 km/l (system indicated) on the highway, which is a good figure, considering the generous amount of throttle being applied.

Hyundai Tucson Riding

Gone are the days when Hyundai would make cars that would handle as well as a river barge. The new Tucson gets only front wheel drive in India but is still more poised than competition. That said, there is a bit of body roll when you push the car beyond its comfort zone and this gets compounded when you go through a set of tighter corners fast. The Tucson is one of those cars that can be made to handle but prefers to do it in a dignified and non-hooligan way.

The trade off of course is great ride comfort. The Tucson doesn’t break your back over a pothole and is actually very comfortable over smooth and broken roads. There is a sense of cushiness in the ride but that doesn’t mean that the Tucson gets floaty as you get faster. In fact, this compact SUV feels quite poised and composed even at three digit speeds. Steering feedback is a little heavier than expected at lower speeds but does weigh up well. There is still a slightly numb feeling in the overall steering feedback but it is not as lifeless as in some of Hyundai’s other products.To know more details on Hyundai Tucson visit Cssn

Hyundai Tucson Safety

Hyundai has made great improvements in safety over the past few years and that approach hasn’t changed for the Tucson. The SUV comes with six airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control, hill hold and hill descent control. The body structure too has been made with 51 % of ultra high strength steel, which not only improves crash worthiness but also offers improved resistance to rust and wear. As a result, the Tucson was awarded a five star rating from Euro NCAP in 2015 and has bee awarded highest safety ratings by some other agencies too. The car also comes with reverse parking sensors and camera, which sends the visual feed to the central screen. ORVMs feature a heating function, which ensures better visibility in winters and cold environments.

Hyundai Tucson Cost in Chennai

Hyundai Tucson On Road Price is 22,75,201/- and Ex-showroom Price is 18,73,975/- in Chennai. Hyundai Tucson comes in 5 colours, namely Wine Red,Phantom Black,Sleek Silver,Pure White,Star Dust. Hyundai Tucson comes with 2WD with 1999 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 153 bhp@6200 rpm and Peak Torque 192 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN 2WD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Hyundai Tucson comes with Manual Transmission with 2WD .

Hyundai Tucson Conclusion

The Hyundai Tucson is a well-designed and well-engineered SUV, which has been launched to plug the gap between the Creta and the Santa Fe. It has a spacious cabin with loads of features and a powerful engine with a choice of a manual or automatic transmission. In terms of safety too the Tucson is impressive and matches some of the more expensive European SUVs too. Does that mean the Tucson is a winner? The answer to that is largely yes, considering the Tucson has been launched between Rs 18.99 to 24.99 lakh. For the kit it offers, one cannot question the price-tag as it comfortably undercuts the Honda CR-V, the Tucson’s only direct competitor. The larger Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner aren’t close to the Tucson so the company’s hopes of selling between 500 to 700 units a month should turn out to be fine. Another winner from Hyundai? Our answer is a resounding Yes!

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