The Hyundai Tucson, the car that replaced the popular ix35, has gained a sixth powertrain option. Rivalling challengers such as the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Skoda Yeti, Hyundai’s bestselling Tucson now has a new 1.7 diesel engine option with a 7-speed double clutch transmission.
The new powertrain offers a choice between fully automatic operation or sequential manual change. The big advantage, however, is fuel efficiency which is massively improved by 20%, with lower CO2 emissions compared to a six-speed auto option. The new powertrain’s efficiency is improved with Integrated Stop & Go (ISG) technology as standard.
Pays your money/takes your choice
Yours is a matter of preference, of course, but all benefit from the confidence of Hyundai’s impressive five year/unlimited mileage warranty. There’s quite a big price gap through the range though. Entry level starts with the 1.6 manual petrol-engined two wheel drive car priced at £18,995 right up to the top of the range 2.0 litre diesel Premium 4 wheel drive car at £32,695. Price gap, aside look at it this way; there is a Tucson to meet most needs; buy into the basic concept – value, practicality, room, distinctive design, and the rest is about priority and personalisation.
Less bland than its rivals and of extremely good value, its distinctive styling sets the Tucson aside from the competition as a real contender. Standard equipment is impressive. All models get air conditioning, alloy wheels , DAB digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports and automatic headlights as standard. It offers at least as much but probably more in terms of practicality and space over its rivals, and the cabin seats five adults very comfortably with more boot-space than others in the class.
Ultimate peace of mind comes with safety. The Tucson received the maximum five start Euro NCAP safety rating, benefiting from its high strength steel construction and a range of additional passive safety features, including autonomous emergency braking – an increasingly common safety feture on today’s cars. Hyundai have every buyers’ choice angle covered with this car; thus it remains Hyundai’s fastest selling European model.
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