For a long while, the Tucson by Hyundai has been seen as a great family SUV. When you think “sporty,” and Tucson however, the two usually don’t spring to mind at the same time. Some time back we first saw the Hyundai Tucson Sport, and now Hyundai South Africa has re-introduced the Tucson Sport, only with sharper looks and performance to match. We attended its Cape Town-based media launch to spend some time driving it.

Sport I Style I Showcase

From the outside, the new Tucson Sport embodies all the elements of sporting design. Both the petrol and diesel variants get the full body kit which includes the likes of a front-lip spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser, large blackened alloys and perhaps most notable of all quad-tailpipes.

With the show comes now further enhanced performance. The 1.6-litre turbopetrol motor feels particularly lively with power figures having been increased from 130 kW and 265 Nm to a more impressive 150 kW and 300 Nm of torque. Adding to the extra power is also some impressive noise which really lets you forget that the engine is just 1.6-Litres in capacity and makes for a joyous and engaging drive. Expect to achieve around 9.0-9.5/ Litres per 100 km driving the petrol-driven motor, while if further improved fuel economy figures are your thing, Hyundai also offers the 2.0 R diesel derivative which has seen power figures increased from 131 kW and 400 Nm to a very impressive 150 kW and large 460 Nm of torque. This results in more performance and pulling power ability with impressive fuel economy (I was able to achieve 7.8/ Litres per 100 km) during my launch drive with ease.

The petrol-driven derivative has its power mated to a revised 7-speed DCT transmission, while the diesel benefits from an eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.

The interior of the new Tucson Sport has benefited in terms of in now offering more standard kit. The interior has a quality, premium feel, with the cabin including the likes of a very intuitive multimedia system which now features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The inclusion of blind-spot side mirror alerts, a large panoramic sunroof and dual-zone climate-controlled air conditioning all help make for what is an enjoyable and impressive cabin space.

Conclusion, SA Pricing & Warranty

The Tucson remains a firm seller within the market segment in which it sits. Now further improved and re-styled, Hyundai South Africa has further sharpened the overall offering and made what is a more performance attractive Tucson Sport and one which certainly is worth looking at. Further topping off the package, the Tucson Sport is sold with the brand’s industry-leading 7yr/150,000 km manufacturer warranty and manufacturer proven impressively low burn parts rate (low costs of running and ownership).

Tucson 1.6 TGDI Sport (Petrol) – R654,900

Tucson 2.0 R Sport (Diesel) – R664,900

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