There’s little to get excited about inside the Tucson – the plastics are grey and there aren’t many colourful trim pieces to smartern it up. Having said that, it is easy to operate
The Tucson’s unimaginative interior design doesn’t live up to its smart exterior. It lags behind the Kia Sportage’s minimalist cabin in the style stakes and the brittle, scratchy plastics on the dashboard feel cheaper than those in a Nissan Qashqai.
A few soft and squidgy materials on the door trims and a collection of shiny trim pieces around the air vents and on the steering wheel mean it isn’t all doom and gloom, though, and the infotainment screen adds a modern touch.
The Tucson’s interior is easy to use, but it surprises and delights like a ham sandwich in a Michelin star restaurant
In SE Nav trim and above, the Tucson comes fitted with the same easy-to-use infotainment screen as the Kia Sportage. Its bright touchscreen display is clear and easy to read – even in bright sunlight – while colourful graphics and handy shortcut buttons help make sure you’ll not get lost in a sea of confusing menus.
The sat-nav system in SE Nav models and above is easy to use – inputting a postcode or adjusting your route to include a petrol station is a pretty stress-free experience. It’s also very responsive to your touches and calculates routes noticeably more quickly than the sluggish system fitted to the Nissan Qashqai. It’s just a shame you don’t get the fixed control knob – which makes it easier to use on the move – that you do get with an Audi or BMW.
All cars come with DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity for your phone as standard, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will also soon be available. These systems allow you to use smartphone apps – for things like sat-nav or music streaming – through the Tucson’s built-in infotainment screen.
Hyundai doesn’t offer a stereo upgrade for the Tucson, so you’ll just have to make do with the standard six-speaker system. It sounds fine but resets to a default volume setting – that you might find slightly too loud – each time you turn it on.