Hyundai Tucson is a popular crossover SUV in the global market. Although it has been discontinued as of now in India but the international market continues to enjoy driving this smart crossover called the Tucson. It is considered to be among the top picks of this segment of cars. 2012 brings some new and fresh changes to the car making the Tucson all the more desirable. The new changes include enhanced fuel efficiency, improvised tyres, engine modification and improvised transmission responsiveness. With such much desired changes the car is all-set to burn the roads with its enormous road presence and wonderful performance. So let's move forward and find out more about the Hyundai Tucson in the forthcoming sections of the review.

Engine and technical specifications

The all-new 2012 Hyundai Tucson comes in two engine options. The first engine option is the 2.0 litre inline four cylinder sixteen valve DOHC engine that has got a five speed manual transmission gearbox and front wheel drive system. An optional six speed automatic transmission gearbox is available. This engine is capable of producing 165 hp of peak power at 6200 rpm and 146 feet-lbs peak torque at 4600 rpm. The second engine option is the 2.4 litre four cylinder engine that has got a six speed automatic transmission gearbox and an option of choosing between the front wheel drive system and the all-wheel drive system. This engine is capable of producing 176 hp of peak power and 168 lb-feet of peak torque.



The turning radius of the car is 34.7 feet. The suspension at the front is the MacPherson Strut type and at the rear is the multi-link rear type with stabiliser bar at both rear and the front. The fuel tank capacity is 15.3 gallons. The size of the tires is P225/60R H. The wheelbase measures to 103.6 inches and the kerb weight comes to 3139 lbs. the ground clearance of the Tucson is 6.7 inches and the maximum towing capacity is 2000 lbs. The Tucson measures 71.7 inches in width, 65.2 inches in height and 173.2 inches in length.

Trim levels and other options

The all-new Hyundai Tucson has got a comfortable seating arrangement for five adults. This crossover SUV is available in three trim levels which are GL, GLS and Limited.

The base trim called the GL has got 17 inch steel wheels, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, full power accessories, keyless entry, privacy glass, height adjusting driver's seat, tilt steering wheel, trip computer, 60/40 split folding rear seats and a music system with satellite radio, CD player, aux-in jack, iPod/USB interface and six speakers.

The second trim is the GLS. It has got enhanced alloy wheels with 17-inch size. Some other improvised features include heated side mirrors with integrated turn indicators, leather covered tilt and telescoping steering wheel with audio mounted controls, leather and cloth upholstery, Bluetooth, cruise control and upgraded trim in the interiors. The all-wheel drive adds heated front seats.

The highest trim is the Limited trim. It has got some more interesting features which include 18 inch alloy wheels, front wiper, dual zone automatic climate control, automatic headlights, leather upholstery, fog lamps, six way power adjusting driver's seat with lumbar support and adjustments, auto-dimming rear view mirror and a cargo cover. There is another option of choosing the Premium package with the Limited trim level. It adds a rear view camera, panoramic sunroof, a touchscreen navigation system and a seven-speaker upgraded sound system.

Hyundai Tucson is available in some great colour options which are ash black, chai bronze, cotton white, diamond silver, garnet red and graphite grey.

Interiors

The interiors of the Hyundai Tucson look very attractive. The cabin is roomy and functional and all the controls and gauges are well placed. The interiors are done up in two colours depending on the trim level. They are black and taupe. The variable intermittent wipers, rear defogger, intermittent rear wiper and privacy glass give a classy touch to the car. With all seats in place the cargo capacity measures to 25.7 cubic feet and with seats folded up it increases to 55.8 cubic feet. Whereas the front seats are concerned the headroom measures 39.4 inches, the hip room 55.5 inches, the leg room 41.2 inches and the shoulder room 57.1 inches. The front seats are bucket type giving maximum comfort to the driver and the co-passenger.

Speaking of the rear seats, the hip room measures 53.4 inches, the head room 39.1 inches, the leg room 38.7 inches and the shoulder room measures 55.1 inches. At the rear are present split folding seats with storage centre armrests and ventilation ducts. Features such as interior air filtration, cargo area light, simulated alloy trim on the dashboard and the gear shift knob, dual vanity mirrors and the front reading lights are just great. For the instrumentation, trip computer, clock, tachometer and low fuel level warning are given. Front and rear cup holders, front console with storage, front and rear door pockets, overhead console storage and front seatback storage take care of all the storage needs of the knick-knacks.

Performance and safety features

Hyundai Tucson SUV

The safety features of the Hyundai Tucson include ABS, EBD, dual front side mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, child seat anchors, remote anti-theft alarm system, ventilated front disc brakes and rear disc brakes, rear door child safety locks, engine immobiliser, passenger airbags occupant sensing deactivation, traction control, stability control, rear centre three point belt, front multi-adjustable headrests, rear height adjustable headrests, driver and co-passenger head restraint whiplash protection system and tyre pressure monitoring. In the IIHS tests, Tucson scored 'Five Stars' in the overall crash protection and side impact protection and 'Four Stars' in the frontal impact protection. The authority gave a rating of "Good" in the side-impact, roof strength and frontal offset tests.

The 2.0 litre engine gives a fuel economy of 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highways with the automatic transmission and 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highways with the manual transmission. The 2.4 litre engine accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds which is rather unimpressive as compared to the other cars of its class. The Euro-tuned suspension and the aptly weighted steering helps handling become pretty convenient. The 2.0 litre engine definitely feels underpowered but the fuel economy is fine.

Pros

  • Beautiful design
  • Good fuel efficiency
  • Comfortable handling
  • Convenient and simple to understand controls

Cons

  • Acceleration is slow
  • Cargo space not adequate

Verdict

The Hyundai Tucson is a much improvised and better looking car with the recent changes done to it. Its distinctive styling sets it apart from the other crossover SUVs available in the global market. The driving experience is comfortable and convenient though on the pick-up part, Tucson lags behind others. Its biggest competitors in the market today are Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox and the Toyota RAV4. The safety features make Tucson a good choice. It has been priced aptly between $ 19145 and $ 24995. We say Tucson is a good option to go for if you would love to buy a smart, classy and feature packed crossover SUV with simple and convenient driving experience.