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Hyundai Tucson

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Summary


The Hyundai Tucson is a medium-sized SUV/crossover and one of the brand’s longest-serving nameplates – the first generation arrived back in 2004, with the all-new fourth-generation model launched in late 2020.

The Tuscon is available in petrol, mild-hybrid and regular hybrid variants, while a new plug-in hybrid joined the range in early 2021. But as with most similar cars these days, there’s no diesel option.

Reviews for the new Tucson have been universally positive to date, with Auto Express dubbing the latest version: “… the model that realises the company’s ambition of not being a value-led budget brand but a proper mainstream player like VW.”

The aerodynamic and distinctive styling has come in for praise, as has the interior quality, which has been described as a major step up over previous Hyundais. Space is also improved, including a boot that’s much bigger than the one found in the rival Toyota RAV4.

The Tuscon comes with a high level of standard equipment, with even entry-level models including reversing cameras and large digital touchscreen displays, as well as extensive accident avoidance technology – although it’s yet to be safety tested by Euro NCAP.

Out on the road, the Hyundai earns praise for its smooth powertrains and its fuel economy figures, even when not aided by hybrid technology.

Such advances do mean that starting prices are higher than with previous versions, but reviewers conclude that the Tucson will appeal to buyers who have never previously considered a Hyundai.

The Hyundai Tucson holds an Expert Rating of 76% as of December 2021, based on 21 reviews. With new versions such as the plug-in hybrid joining the range through 2021, this score could change as more reviews are published.

Tucson highlights

  • Striking design stands out from the pack
  • Interior quality much improved over previous model
  • Plenty of boot space
  • Good level of standard safety tech

Tucson lowlights

  • Yet to receive independent safety rating from Euro NCAP
  • Prices are higher than previous model
  • Driving experience is pretty bland
  • Touchscreen can be sluggish to operate

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, hybrid, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £28,710 on-road

Launched: Winter 2020/21
Last updated: Summer 2021
Next update due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: October 2021

86%

ADULT OCCUPANT

87%

CHILD OCCUPANT

66%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

70%

SAFETY ASSIST

The Tucson boasts an impressive level of safety kit as standard, with multiple active systems including lane-keeping assist and autonomous braking. Additional safety systems including upgraded collision avoidance, rear- and blind-spot alerts come with the mid-range spec that costs £1,500 more than the entry-level version.

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Hyundai Tucson has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Hyundai Tucson has received

2021

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Mid-size SUV
  • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Car for Long Distance
  • DieselCar and EcoCar Top 50 – Car of the Year + Best Medium SUV
  • Carbuyer AwardsCar of the Year + Best Hybrid + Best Family Car
  • Business Car Awards – Best Medium SUV
  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Family SUV

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Hyundai TucsonThe Hyundai Tucson has been described as the company's biggest step forward to date, bringing it level with long-established brands like VW.