Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 25 May 2016
The automotive world is full of fierce competition with automakers fighting to take pole position within their various segments. Automotive designs much like fashion, constantly evolve with the times and creating a lasting design is an increasingly difficult task. This is why many of the worlds top brands strive to have a select few people design their products. Introducing the all-new Hyundai Tucson!
First introduced to the South African market in mid 2005, the Tucson emerged as another conservative mid size SUV fighting for a place in this very competitive space. As the years rolled on, the Tucson was re-introduced as the Hyundai iX35, with this new name, Hyundai brought much more aggressive styling, sharper sleeker lines and host of modern new features. This firmly cemented the Hyundai brand as a solid competitor able to compete with the likes of its european counterparts.
With its stylistic details shinning through as the influence of famous automotive designer Peter Schreyer, I feel that the all-new Tucson looks fantastic. Best known for his design of the Audi TT back in 2006, Peter Schreyer is widely acknowledged as being one of the most influential automotive designers of the recent day.
Hyundai have always placed emphasis on creating a practical “real world” automobile. This design philosophy holds true with the Tucson. It is immediately noticeable, just how solidly built the vehicle is and the amount of attention which has been placed on creating a spacious, safe and easy to use family vehicle. With its wide array of safety features, including six airbags throughout the cabin, lane departure assist, cross traffic alerts, as well as audible and visual parking monitors(incl: reversing camera within the rear view mirror), the all-new Tucson achieves a five star Euro Ncap saftey rating.
On to interior space. With enough cabin space to comfortably seat a family of five, the Tucson is a very capable all round family vehicle. The luggage load area of the new vehicle has a claimed capacity of 513 litres of luggage space and a utility loading space of 1503 litres with the seats folded down. All vehicles on the market include a list of additional extra’s which can be fitted as options. The Elite edition Tucson which I have been driving features a full length panoramic sunroof, which I think looks absolutely incredible. This is certainly a feature which I would spec on my own Tucson!
In terms of entertainment, the Elite edition which I have been driving features a large touchscreen display. The interface is easy to navigate and features media through multiple media sources, including: USB, 3.5mm Audio Jack and Bluetooth. The system also includes very clear and well layed out navigation with 3D mapping. The Tucson also features audio and media controls along side drive controls on its multi functional steering wheel.
Powering the Tucson which I have been driving is handled thanks to a four cylinder 1.6 litre turbocharged engine. This engine developes 130 Kw of power and outputs 265 Nm of torque. Power delivery is very good throughout the entire drive. The Tucson is also available with a four cylinder 2.0 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine in South Africa, which delivers 115 Kw and 196 Nm of torque.
The vehicle which I have been driving features Hyundai’s dual clutch transmission gearbox, despite the wide range of gears, I found that the Hyundai often either shifts too quickly or holds its gears within traffic situations. This is something that could however improve as the vehicle gets used to the driver and their individual style over a longer time.
Hyundai have revived the Tucson name in South Africa and brought with it revolutionary new styling and Hyundai’s industry leading 7 year / 200,000 km manufacturer warranty. This makes the all new Tucson a very appealing package and one certainly worth exploring, if you are searching for a solid offering to transport the entire family.
For more insight, watch my drive in the Hyundai Tucson below:
South Africa Pricing – Date of publication
Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Nu Premium – R359 900 (manual)
Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Nu Premium – R379 900 (automatic)
Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Nu Elite – R439 900 (automatic)
Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi – R419 900 Executive (manual)
Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Elite DCT AWD – R499 900 (automatic DCT)