Hyundai Tucson Facelift Overview & Test Drive

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Hyundai Tucson Overview

The Hyundai Tucson interior features a well-organized horizontal dashboard and premium leather seats, and silver detailing has been used on the center fascia with soft touch crash pad. The all-new Hyundai Tucson specifications include first-in-segment hands-free smart power tailgate with height adjustment, electric parking brake, dual-zone FATC with cluster ionizer, 10-way adjustable power driver seat, welcome function, auto folding ORVMs with heated function, compass on ECM, tilt and telescopic steering, auto headlamps with escort function, smart key and push button start, auto defogger, 4+2 speaker entertainment system, glove box cooling, luggage screen, rear seat armrest with cup holder, rear AC vents, 60:40 split rear seat with reclining function, and many more. Check car loan for Hyundai Tucson.

For those asking, the 8-inch HD touchscreen Audio/Video/Navigation (AVN) system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and voice recognition is a standard feature across the entire variant line-up.

Hyundai Tucson Design & Look

The Tucson is designed to look like a baby Santa Fe. Look at it from the front and there are a whole bunch of design elements that jump out at you, starting with the large three slat grille with a chrome surround that interlinks the two headlamps. The swept back headlamps themselves are very detailed with a twin barrel LED cluster for the low beams and a halogen setup for the high beam. Then you have the long eyebrow like daytime running light in the headlamp and a secondary LED DRL just below the fog lamps. As a combination, you can spot the Tucson coming from a mile away.

The front bumper, side skirt and rear bumper all get matte silver scuff plates which when combined with a darker colour like the dark grey or wine red looks great. The silver we have here masks it just a little. You also get a set of 18-inch diamond cut wheels that have proved to be very popular with buyers of the i20 and the Creta.

Just like the front, the rear too has quite a few very distinct detail elements, for example, the twin trapezoidal exhaust tips that have been angled to match the bumper. The tail lamp too follows the same lighting pattern that you get in the headlamp with the slim long LED elements and the LED brake lights.

Hyundai Tucson Cabin & Comfort

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.

Hyundai Tucson Engine & Performance

Considering the price point that the Hyundai Tucson is placed at, it had to have a diesel engine with an automatic gearbox. And that is exactly what it gets – a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine that makes 182PS of peak power and 400Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox that gets a sports and eco mode as we mentioned earlier and is a proper torque convertor unit instead of the more popular AMT that is being adopted by everyone. With 182bhp, you would expect the Tucson to be quick in a straight line and it is. It wont win any drag races but is definitely quicker than almost every other SUV in its segment or even a segment above it. The gearbox too shifts smoothly and has no shift shock. A set of paddle shifters on the steering wheel would have been ideal. You could also choose to have a 6-speed manual with the diesel engine but honestly, in this segment, automatic is the way to go.

The petrol engine is also a 2.0-litre unit with both a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic on offer. The engine makes 152bhp of peak power and 192Nm of peak torque and we will get you a detailed review of how it drives very soon.But what impresses us most is how much work Hyundai has done on the NVH levels. You can barely hear the diesel engine up to about 2700 rpm and even post that, the engine noise is not intrusive. Hyundai has also worked on cabin noise in general and even the front fenders have received considerable foam padding to reduce infiltration of vibrations and noise into the cabin. All of this means that the Tucson does not wear you out as you drive it for longer distances.

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.For more details on Hyundai Tucson visit Inlnk

Hyundai Tucson Driving 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.  For price details on  Hyundai Tucson check AutoZhop.

Hyundai Tucson Braking & Safety

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 Ahmedabad

Hyundai Tucson On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 20,85,494 to 29,81,742 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 Ahmedabad. Check for Tucson price in Ahmedabad at Tryaldrive.

Hyundai Tucson Round Up

We won’t be getting the 1.6-litre diesel in India, which is good news. But, the not so good news is that we won’t be getting the 7-speed dual clutch auto either. The car we drove had one. And, compared to the auto ‘box on the Indian Tucson, the DCT shifts quicker and responds to throttle inputs with more consistency and readiness. We will, instead, continue to get the 6-speed torque convertor.

As far as other changes go, the telling differences are the tablet-like screen for the multi-media system, the all-LED head lamps for the top trims, new suspension setup that has reduced the wallowing, and new bumpers and a tail gate that certainly look nicer than the current car. But, are these improvements big enough to hold your buying decision for another year?

We are not so sure. What’s more, come 2021-22, we will be getting the new generation Tucson. And that will certainly be worth buying. It will be longer and wider. It will seat seven as standard. And, with higher localisation to stay true to the made-in-India mandate, it will also come with a competitive price tag; even with all the additions.

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