Hyundai Tucson: 18,500km Long-Term Review

Hyundai Tucson: 18,500km Long-Term Review

The new Tucson is an SUV that has been elevated Hyundai into the higher league, and this is evident as soon as you spend the some time in the car. Areas that immediately stand out are the build quality of the cabin, the superb blend of materials, the space and comfort on the inside and a great selection of new tech. What also shines through, even over the span of a short city drive, are refinement and sophistication. The manner in which the Tucson shuts the world outside and reduces road noise in the cabin on my regular commute to the office is particularly pleasing.

Also amping up the ‘luxury’ quotient are the materials used on the dash and the nicely executed metallic highlights, and then there’s the width of the cabin and the space available on the second row. The fact that you have the luxury of space is particularly evident on a long weekend outside the city. The boot swallows all our luggage effortlessly, with room to spare, and the large 54-litre fuel tank means we can go all the way to Mulshi, onwards to Pune and then back without having to refuel. It’s so comfortable on a long drive, that we get out of the Tucson still feeling fresh.

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Hyundai Tucson

Design and Exterior Styling

From the moment you lay eyes on the Hyundai Tucson, it's evident that this is a vehicle designed to stand out from the crowd. The bold and dynamic design language, characterized by Hyundai's signature cascading grille, sleek LED headlights, and sculpted body lines, exudes confidence and sophistication on the road.

Interior Comfort and Features

Step inside the Hyundai Tucson, and you're greeted by a well-appointed interior that blends comfort, functionality, and modern technology seamlessly. The spacious cabin offers ample room for the passengers in both the front and rear seats, and with the supportive cushioning and plenty of the legroom for long journeys.

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Hyundai Tucson

Performance and Handling

Under the hood, the Hyundai Tucson offers a choice of efficient and responsive powertrains to suit a variety of driving preferences. Whether opting for the fuel-efficient 2.0-liter petrol engine or the more powerful 2.0-liter diesel engine, the Tucson delivers smooth and refined performance that's well-suited to both city driving and highway cruising.

Safety and Technology

The Hyundai Tucson leaves no room for error when it comes to safety; it offers an extensive array of modern safety technologies and driver-assist systems to safeguard passengers and avert collisions while driving.

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Hyundai Tucson  (inter)

Fuel Efficiency and Cost of Ownership

With fuel prices on the rise and environmental concerns at the forefront of many drivers' minds, fuel efficiency is a crucial consideration for any vehicle. Fortunately, the Hyundai Tucson delivers impressive fuel economy figures, thanks to its efficient powertrains and aerodynamic design. Whether opting for the petrol or diesel variant, drivers can expect competitive fuel efficiency that helps save money at the pump and reduce their carbon footprint over time.

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Hyundai Tucson (inter)


In fact, what’s really cool is that I manage the entire length of the expressway on the semi-autonomous cruise control, only nudging the steering wheel when required. It’s pretty cool and relaxing like monitoring things like a pilot, with the Tucson managing all but the tightest corners and some poorly lined sections with ease. The most impressive bit though is how the adaptive cruise control maintains its distance with the car in front and either speeds up or slows down effectively.