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Hyundai Tucson

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Hyundai Tucson

(2021 – present)

    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 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 75% as of July 2023, based on 23 reviews to date.

    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

    • 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 £30,140 on-road

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


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: October 2021
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    Adult protection: 86%
    Child protection: 87%
    Vulnerable road users: 66%
    Safety assist: 70%

    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


    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    Model tested: HEV 1.6-litre T-GDI Hybrid FWD automatic

    Overall score: 2 stars
    Date tested: October 2022
    Read the full Green NCAP review

    Clean Air Index: 4.2 / 10
    Energy Efficiency Index: 4.5 / 10
    Greenhouse Gas Index: 3.1 / 10

    Reliability rating

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    Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

    All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

    The Hyundai Tucson has a higher than average reliability score, according to warranty data provided by our partners MotorEasy. This data relates to both this current Tucson model, and older (pre-2020) versions.

    The most common claims made by Tucson owners are for electrical system and braking system repairs, which are unfortunately the most expensive faults reported. Electrical faults have an average cost of just north of £800, while braking system repairs usually cost around £580.

    Running cost rating

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    Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

    Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
    Petrol models42 mpgD35 – 44 mpgC – D
    Hybrid models49 mpgC41 – 54 mpgB – D
    Plug-in hybrid models202 mpgA202 – 202 mpgA – A
    CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
    Petrol models153 g/kmB144 – 185 g/kmB – C
    Hybrid models130 g/kmA127 – 180 g/kmA – C
    Plug-in hybrid models31 g/kmA31 – 31 g/kmA – A
    Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
    Plug-in hybrid models38 milesD38 – 38 milesD – D
    Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
    All models18A12 – 25A – B
    Service and maintenanceCostScore
    Year 1£228B
    Year 2£572B
    Year 3£930B
    Year 4£1,146B
    Year 5£1,476B
    Overall£4,352B

    There are some mixed results for the Hyundai Tucson when it comes to running costs, according to data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

    Fuel consumption is relatively poor for the petrol models, and only average for the hybrid models. Although the plug-in hybrid looks good on paper, this is because the EU/UK government lab tests are absolutely pointless for properly assessing plug-in hybrids (good luck driving for 202 miles on one gallon of petrol and about 38 miles’ worth of electricity!).

    The good news is that insurance premiums should be very good, as the Tucson is rated in low groups by Thatcham, while servicing costs are better than average for the first five years.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Hyundai Tucson has received

    2023

    • Auto Express Awards – Best Mid-size SUV

    2022

    • Carbuyer Awards – Best Family Car

    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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