The Hyundai Tucson is a small family SUV that’s roomy inside and comes with lots of kit, but it doesn’t look particularly stylish and alternatives have more spacious boots.
The Hyundai Tucson is a small SUV which you should consider if you’re looking for a practical family car with a raised driving position and plenty of standard equipment. It doesn’t feel quite as posh as some alternatives, though, and don’t expect its styling to turn many heads.
If that’s going to be a dealbreaker, the wilder-looking Kia Sportage might be a better bet, but at least the high-riding Hyundai Tucson still towers over most conventional hatchbacks in the supermarket car park.
Climb inside, and there’s less to help you tell the Hyundai Tucson’s interior apart from a run-of-the-mill hatchback. Sure, most of the Hyundai Tucson’s plastics feel nice and soft and you get a neat free-standing infotainment display like in a Mercedes, but it all feels a bit bland compared with the interiors in a Kia Sportage or Mazda CX-5. It’s a bit like a new toaster – it all works very nicely but you won’t be rushing to show it off to your friends next time they pop round.
That being said, at least the Hyundai Tucson comes with plenty of kit as standard. Just like the Sportage, the standard touchscreen infotainment system comes with all the smartphone mirroring features you need to use your favourite apps on the car’s built-in screen.
It’s comfortable, too. You get loads of seat adjustment and the standard reclining rear seats mean there’s more space for passengers in the back than you get in a Nissan Qashqai.
The Hyundai Tucson covers all the important family SUV bases, so it’s pretty roomy, well equipped, fairly economical and comes with lots of safety kit as standard.
It’s a similar story when you need to pack the Hyundai Tucson’s boot. It’s dead easy to load and there’s more space than you get in the Sportage. A Skoda Karoq is roomier still, however – especially with the back seats folded down.
The Hyundai Tucson is slightly more comfortable to drive than the Sportage and CX-5 and its raised seating position gives you a good view out and it doesn’t lean a great deal when you head out of town onto a twisty country road.
A Mazda CX-5 feels more nimble, but you can’t get that car with a clever mild-hybrid system like the Hyundai which helps save fuel by turning the engine off when you coast to a stop or cruise downhill.
You can only get this feature in top-spec 2.0-litre diesel models, but don’t worry; the Hyundai Tucson’s other engines are still pretty economical as standard. The most powerful diesel cars also come with four-wheel drive, but the two-wheel-drive models are plenty grippy enough to tackle a steep leaf-ridden driveway in the rain.
Whichever model you pick, you get a bundle of clever safety features to help prevent accidents including automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist – a feature usually reserved for high-spec cars.
All this means the Hyundai Tucson is a very capable small SUV which represents good value for money. Head over to our Hyundai Tucson deals page to see how much you can save on one.