Hyundai Tucson Hatchback First Drive & Overview


Hyundai Tucson Overview

Hyundai Tucson has marked its re-entry in the Indian market, albeit in an all-new avatar, and with a lot more bells and whistles. The South-Korean automaker, after years of deliberation, has brought back the SUV to bridge the gap between Creta and Santa Fe. The all-new Hyundai Tucson SUV is available in both the petrol and diesel fuel trims with a total of five variants: MT, AT GL, MT, AT GL and AT GLS.

The exterior styling cues have been taken from the Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 Design Philosophy, just like Elantra and Creta. Several Hyundai Tucson features are first in the segment, while being presented with manual as well as automatic transmissions in both the gasoline and diesel guises. It also came to light that the AWD variant would, in all likelihood, be introduced by April 2017 in the country. For more details on getting car loan visit Fincarz.

Hyundai Tucson Exterior & Look

Hyundai has become something of a design leader in recent times; there’s a good number of elements that would attract one to the Creta and the Elantra and the new Tucson is no different. Regardless of the fact that crossovers are often more about function than form the Tucson looks good and, more importantly, well proportionate as well. Up front, there’s the familiar hexagonal-shaped grille and LED twin-projector headlights. The grille though is reminiscent of newer Audis with its chrome edges blending into the headlights. The other thing that stands out is the prominent hood crease that adds muscle to the front-end of the vehicle.

The Tucson’s roof rails are quite low-profile, perhaps for an integrated, functional look. From the rear, a Z-shaped character line above the rear wheels accentuates the strong haunches – a design feature found in many crossovers. The rear-end though is too soft and simple in comparison thanks to the curved rear screen and the i20-like slim taillights.

Hyundai Tucson Interior & Space

Following a fairly long stint behind the wheel, we can say that the Tucson’s cabin is a nice place to spend time in. The dual-tone dashboard may not be terribly exciting to look at but in that typical Hyundai fashion, its superbly put together and well laid out too. Most of the interior is lined in quality fabrics and soft-touch plastics which help create an ambience worthy of the Tucson’s price tag.

Some might view the lack of sharp creases and contours inside the cabin as a sign of lesser quality but that’s certainly not the case here. The simple and effective way in which the interior has been designed ensures the Tucson is always relaxing to drive. Speaking of relaxing, the front seats are near perfect when it comes to width and under thigh support. Covered in quality leather trim, they are comfortable and supple enough without being too soft. At 2670mm, the Tucson has an impressively long wheelbase for its size and this shows in the second row.

The rear legroom is akin to some of the full-size SUVs and the rear bench itself is generously accommodating. In order to liberate more headroom, Hyundai has set the rear bench quite low though it’s not to the point that it is uncomfortable. What’s uncomfortable though is the rear middle seat comfort, partly due to the hard backrest and partly because of a big hump in the central tunnel. The wide opening boot, meanwhile, is rated at 513-litres with all the seats in place. If you ask us it’s easily enough for a family’s worth of luggage for a weekend away.

Being a premium Hyundai, the Tucson is generously equipped. Even the entry-level variant gets electrically foldable ORVMs, automatic headlamps, puddle lamps, cruise control and Hyundai’s new eight inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay..As for the top-spec variant, there’s LED headlamps, LED static bending lights, dual-zone climate control, 10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, electric tailgate and an electronic parking brake as well. Hyundai hasn’t skimped on safety either, with standard kit including electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, hill assist and downhill brake assist, besides 6 airbags and ABS with EBD. Oddly enough, there are no automatic wipers or a sunroof – features that are available in less expensive Hyundai models. For more information on Hyundai Tucson check Tweetcast

Hyundai Tucson Engine & Gearbox

Not much has changed when it comes to mechanicals on the new car either. It still uses the same suspension, the same tyre sizes, and the same steering. However, the suspension has been tweaked in favour of better dynamics.So, the Tucson facelift has a hint of stiffness to its ride over smaller bumps, but that hasn’t compromised its ability to take on the larger bumps or potholes. It still goes through them without severely crashing or rocking about. What hasn’t changed though is the Tucson’s quiet ride, planted straight-line stability and a steering that one wouldn’t exactly call communicative. And it’s still no ballet dancer around a twisty road. But, it doesn’t roll around excessively either.

The engine on the car we are driving is completely different from the one we get in India. This one is a 1.6-litre diesel. And it’s pretty similar to the one powering the Elantra in India. It has exactly the same bore and stroke dimensions, but under the hood of the Tucson, it makes more power and torque. The max power is rated at 136bhp while the peak torque is a healthy 300Nm.

On the road though, the 1.6 feels slower and less exciting than the 2-litre diesel. The lower power to weight ratio compared to the Indian model isn’t as telling in city traffic or during an 80kmph highway cruise. However, get to a winding road, or try and accelerate in a hurry and the difference is telling. Not that we can term the 1.6’s performance as sluggish, but for a car this size, we think we’d stick with the 2-litre diesel.

Hyundai Tucson mileage is quite decent in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The petrol manual and automatic variants deliver an ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 13.03 kmpl and 12.95 kmpl, respectively, while the diesel counterparts return 18.42 kmpl and 16.38 kmpl, respectively.

Hyundai Tucson Driving Dynamics

In the handling department, the Tucson lacks the hunkered-down, car-like vigour of the Honda CR-V. The lightly weighted steering feels best around town but feels vague around the straight-ahead position. Overall, the steering reaction is consistent, if slow, at high speeds. As for the all-important ride quality, the low speed ride is plush and absorbent even on bad roads. However, up the pace and it’s a whole different story – the Tucson tends to bounce over undulations and requires a second or two to settle. We suspect much of this is down to the softer suspension setup. And because it is softly sprung, the Tucson doesn’t react very well to mid-corner undulations either as the rear-end feels skittish at higher speeds. For more information/price details & offers/price details/offers on Tata Cars in your city/Hyderabad/without mentioning city visit/check AutoZhop.

Hyundai Tucson Safety & Security

Hyundai Tucson has received the highest 5-star safety rating from the EURO NCAP in 2015, and it won the Top Safety Pick+ Award 2016 in the USA from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). As for the safety features, it comes with 6 airbags, ESP with VSM, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), first-in-segment Downhill Brake Control (DBC), ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, reverse parking camera, height-adjustable front seatbelts, speed-sensing auto door lock, impact-sensing auto door unlock, 3-point ELR seatbelt, etc., to name a few.

Hyundai Tucson Price in Hyderabad

Hyundai Tucson On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 22,44,331 to 32,19,856 for variants Tucson Nu 2.0 6 Speed Manual Base and Tucson R 2.0 6 Speed Automatic GLS respectively. Hyundai Tucson is available in 5 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Tucson variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Tucson price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Hyundai Tucson Summing Up

In the current scheme of things, the Hyundai Tucson is at a big advantage given the lack of options in the premium urban crossover segment. However, times will change and so will the Tucson’s prospects in the Indian market. Come 2017 and there will be newfound competition in the form of the Jeep Compass and the Volkswagen Tiguan. Until then, the Tucson and the CR-V have got the segment pretty much to themselves.

With ex-showroom Delhi prices ranging between Rs 18.99 lakh and Rs 24.99 lakh, the Tucson is decent value for money and it will no doubt be reliable through the years. What’s more, it looks really well balanced and packs in some ultra-premium features (Read: electric tailgate, electronic parking brake) too. Add to that the highly functional and well built cabin and the Tucson is clearly the one to shortlist if you’re out looking for a sub-25 lakh premium vehicle.

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