Hyundai has a very complete market offer. From thermal to electric/electrified, the company stands out for the excellent quality of its assemblies. In a highly prized segment, the fourth generation of the Hyundai Tucson takes the lead in terms of units sold in this compact SUV segment in Europe.
The car we tested, the Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Vanguard, showed us the reason for this vehicle’s success. Elegant, comfortable, safe and very impulsive, these are some of the characteristics of the South Korean SUV.
Hyundai Tucson: a successful SUV
O Hyundai Tucson, in the competition of the SUV category, climbed this year on the highest place of the podium, after finishing in second place last year. According to figures compiled by JATO Dynamics, a global automotive business intelligence provider, Tucson is on course to set a sales record.
Based on new registrations in 27 European countries as of March 2022, this vehicle is currently Europe's best-selling compact SUV, with over 15,000 units registered as of March 2022.
We use this SUV on different floors, in the rain, with hypothetically unfavorable conditions for vehicles of this size. However, safety has never been compromised thanks also to a set of driver assistance systems. If electric cars are the models of the moment, thermal cars have not gone down in history and the South Korean manufacturer is writing new and impressive chapters.
Don't worry, but the new Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Vanguard MY22 will definitely take you on a journey into the future. At least when you're seated behind the wheel, the cabin feels that way.
Hyundai promotes innovative design that stands out from previous models
Hyundai presents its new Tucson as an irreverent model ready to break down barriers. The highlight is the design that the brand characterizes as sophisticated and innovative, crafted from the ordinary, but capable of going further.
Of considerable size (4.5 meters long, 1.87 meters wide and 1.65 meters high), it guarantees a trunk with a capacity of 580 liters. In addition, it has a wheelbase of 2.68 meters. Have no fear, it's big but manageable.
One of the highlights of this new version is the more European redesign, more attractive, without being radical, just resembling an imposing car. In fact, your facade is an example. We really like the front which maintains the European trait of the Asian brand.
The new Hyundai Tucson has its front light clusters with Full LED technology integrated into the grille. Here, if the lights are on, they are highlighted, as well as the geometric shapes that project them; once erased, the elements blend into the grid, going unnoticed.
More than that, the front of the new Hyundai Tucson also features the brand's latest light architecture, hidden parametric light clusters. It integrates lighting technology into the geometric pattern of the SUV's grille.
Of course, the 18" alloy wheels complete the proportions of the vehicle and further underline its presence.
They are not discreet, they are not, it is a fact, but they give the design of the SUV a robust and secure character.
Beyond the front, the rear is also completely renewed, with a triangular-shaped LED headlight with a light line that extends across the width of the new Tucson. Moreover, it is the first model from Hyundai to integrate a rear and hidden wiper blade.
These changes allow, in the words of the brand, "an unimpeded view".
The colors available are also a challenge for the taste of the driver. We tested an Amazon Gray (Metallic) with a Phantom Black roof.
Drivers who want to give it a certain identity can opt for a metallic paint or a plain paint.
Always present technology
Currently, manufacturers are seeking to ensure that their offer guarantees differentiating technological elements, which affirm the modernity of the models and meet the growing needs of drivers.
Therefore, the new Hyundai Tucson has an on-board computer with a Supervision Cluster (polychromatic) display and a 10 "25" - fully digital dashboard. More than that, this new Hyundai dispenses with physical controls and buttons, projecting the driver into the future.
The shiny, polished materials can be a magnet for small dust particles and fingerprints, but that's a minor quibble for a sleek infotainment console.
In addition, it also has other very useful elements for everyday life and for the comfort of the driver:
- Automatic door locking after starting;
- Smartphone integration with Apple Carplay and Android Auto;
- Rear park assist camera with dynamic lines;
- wireless charger for smart phones;
- Smart key and ignition button;
- Hill start control and descent control (Hac/Dbc);
- Cruise control with speed limiter and steering wheel controls;
- Assisted driving;
- electronic call;
- Esc - Electronic Stability Control;
- Heated exterior mirrors with electrically adjustable LED indicators;
- Hyundai Smart Sense;
- Electric tailgate;
- Rain and light sensor;
- Driver fatigue alert system (Daw).
Performance that does not disappoint those who opt for combustion engines
The brand promises that the new Hyundai Tucson will suit all drivers and all driving tastes. In this case, it has an internal combustion engine: 1.6 TGDi MT of 150 hp; and a six-speed manual gearbox.
The promise of the Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Vanguard MY22 is a top speed of 189 km/h, taking 10.3 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h. In addition, the driver can choose between Eco, Normal or Sport driving modes.
The SUV market is very important. As a result, brands are diversifying their offer. From gasoline to diesel to electrification, Hyundai has a wide range of these vehicles.
The one we tested, as well as its entire range, has a 7 year unlimited mileage warranty. Regarding the price, the Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Vanguard MY22 is available from €33,200 with financing.