As the new-car market, buoyed by government incentives, flirts with leaving behind a COVID-related slump with strong June and July figures, the Tucson remains a firm favourite with Australian families.
We put the 2.0-litre petrol Elite to the family test.
The 2.0-litre petrol Elite is put to the family test.
The Tucson offers a comfortable relaxed drive with relative smoothness over bumps and irregularities. This softness doesn’t impact too much on sharpness around corners where the Tucson leans to competence rather than sportiness, but is capable nevertheless.
It feels easy to manoeuvre, nimble in tight spots and confident on highways when given room to stretch.
The 2.0-litre petrol engine (136kW/205Nm) is an able unit although it can feel sluggish up hills or if you want to make a quick start.
The Tucson has a nicely shaped driver’s seat with electronic controls.
A nicely shaped driver’s seat with electronic controls makes it easy to find an ideal position, helped of course by a steering wheel that is adjustable for both reach and rake.
While all-round visibility is good, a thick front pillar can sometimes create a blind spot when turning, but you can compensate for that.
The Tucson may be a touch shorter than rivals such as the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 but it is barely noticeable in practice. The interior is roomy and comfortable with five adults able to travel with some ease.
The back seat is accommodating for kids – in or out of an ISOFIX car seat – with large door openings for easy entry and exit and large door handles to help them haul themselves up.
The console is positioned to benefit the driver with buttons and dials close to hand. I liked the simplicity of the dash and the fact that there are actual dials for climate control which makes it much easier to change on the move.
Steering wheel controls feel robust and it's always nice when you can turn up the music or make a call without taking your hands off the wheel.
Steering wheel controls feel robust.
There are a couple of adjustable cupholders up front, room for your phone as well as deep door bins and some storage in the centre cubby. The visor pull-out extensions are handy, especially when driving towards the rising sun.
Rear seat passengers get cupholders in the centre armrest, bottle holders in the doors, climate control vents and pockets on the back of the front seats to store all those bits and pieces.
The rear seats can recline, too, which means the kiddies don’t have to sit up ramrod straight and adds to the comfort levels.
Bluetooth connectivity is good. It takes a few seconds to re-engage when you start the car, but the sound is clear on both ends. Digital radio and an Infinity eight-speaker audio system are great partners if morning karaoke takes your fancy.
The Tucson continues to be a great performer for Hyundai in a crowded SUV segment and after a week back in the driving seat it is not hard to see why. Families need uncomplicated, things that do what they say on the box in way that causes absolutely no fuss. And the Tucson definitely ticks that box. It is spacious and comfortable with good on-road manners, a great safety package and peace-of-mind warranty.