You won’t have any trouble fitting five adults in the Hyundai Tucson, but there isn’t quite as much space in the boot as you get in most alternatives
The Hyundai Tucson comes with absolutely loads of room in the front, so you won’t have to worry about your head touching the roof if you’re very tall. You get a decent amount of seat adjustment as standard, too, and all but entry-level S Connect cars come with adjustable lumbar support to help stave off backache on long drives. Top-spec Premium SE versions even get heated and ventilated front seats – perfect for cold winter mornings and roasting hot summer afternoons.
Passenger space in the back is pretty good – there’s more room than you’ll find in the back of a Nissan Qashqai – and the Tucson’s standard reclining rear seats are just the thing for making sure tall passengers are comfortable on long journeys.
There’s a slight lump in the Hyundai Tucson’s rear floor that’ll get in the way of your middle passenger’s feet, but its wide body means there’s enough shoulder room for three adults to sit side-by-side without feeling cramped. There’s a decent amount of space under the front seats for three people to put their feet, too.
The Tucson’s tall roof and wide rear door openings mean it’s dead easy to lift in a bulky child seat. The standard Isofix anchor points come with neat folding covers, too, so you can secure the seat base without having to remove any fiddly plastic caps.
You get a decent number of storage bins dotted about the Hyundai Tucson’s cabin, from a large bottle-shaped recess in each door to a pretty spacious glovebox and a pair of generous cupholders in the centre console.
There’s space under the front armrest to tuck a few valuables safely out of sight and you get a USB port and 12V socket for keeping a few gizmos charged, too. In the back, your passengers get a folding armrest with two built-in cupholders.
The Hyundai Tucson serves up a tasty combination of space and comfort, but that alone isn’t enough to make it stand out from other equally desirable – and more practical – SUVs
The Hyundai Tucson’s 513-litre boot is slightly bigger than what you get in the Kia Sportage and leagues ahead of the rather small Nissan Qashqai’s load bay, but it can’t match the more practical VW Tiguan for load-carrying ability.
That said, it’s still more than spacious enough to carry a large weekly shop, a few bulky baby buggies or a family’s luggage for a week away and there’s a handy space to store the load cover under the floor if you need to remove it.
The back seats fold in a two-way (60:40) split so you can carry some long luggage and a rear-seat passenger at once, but some alternatives come with a more practical three-way split which leaves room for two passengers in the back seats.
If you need even more space, fold all the back seats down and the Hyundai Tucson’s load bay grows to a roomy 1,503 litres. The completely flat floor makes it as easy as possible to push heavy boxes all the way up behind the front seats and there’s even space to carry a bike with its wheels attached, but a VW Tiguan is even roomier still.