It’s Quiet. Yes, with a capital Q. It’s also smooth and glides along the road easily and swiftly. There’s no heavy feeling, nothing stiff going on, no weight pulling you down as you’re trying to move forward. It feels really lovely to drive.
The steering is responsive and it does what it promises. It doesn’t take much at all to turn the car, which is partly thanks to the small turning circle - it’s only 10.6 whereas in the Mazda CX-5, the turning circle is 11.2.
When your driving path takes you from ballet and back to soccer and back to school and back and you are constantly looking for parks, turning circles make a big impact on your day to day. But this is a breeze.
The small turning circle makes it much easier to fit into super tight parks (our cameraman thought I had been parked into a spot but I proudly told him that I had managed to park myself in that tiny space!) and if this is your first SUV after up-sizing from a hatch, you will appreciate that.
The 2.0-litre petrol engine is enough to get me up the hill near my house (I test all cars on) quite easily, I’m not left in the slow lane. It was raining this week though, and the wheels did skid slightly on take-off, from a standing start at the lights. That’s because the Tucson Active X is a 2WD. There are 4WD Tucsons in the range, if that is something that’s going to bug you.
I feel good in this car, it has a good height on the road so I feel like I’m above most cars. It’s not the Taj Mahal of cars, but it’s not the Holiday Inn either.