The Hyundai Tucson - simply the best

Motoring Correspondent


Motoring Correspondent


The Hyundai Tucson - simply the best

Hyundai Ireland recorded the highest growth in passenger car sales in 2016, when compared with other top selling car brands in the country.

Figures released by the SIMI showed that in 2016, Hyundai Ireland recorded 34.4% growth in passenger car sales, placing it well ahead, in growth terms, when compared with other top performing car brands in the country.

Hyundai car sales were - 15,442 (2016); 11,484 (2015) percentage change 34.4%.

The Tucson is THE performed for Hyundai, and again last year, sales were tops.

Some years back the Tucson was nothing more than a promise of something to come.

Tucson replaced the very popular ix35, which was responsible for a lot of conquest sales for the Hyundai brand and started the erosion of the ground under a number who had been dominant in the sector.

Tucson is a global name by this stage, and judging by the hugely positive response to the second coming of the name and the offering, Hyundai are in a good place. And another plus, the second hand values of Tucson have remained strong.

The Tucson is available as a 1.6 litre petrol, or with a 1.7 or 2.0 litre CRDi diesel engine, all mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Prices start at €26,245

What is it about the Tucson then? Hard to put your finger on it, really. Probably it is a happy mixture of a lot of things like the drive, the superior seating position for the pilot, economy, strong spec sheet, ease of use and so on.

It is a big, well built car, yet it is not cumbersome or difficult to put about. In terms of looks it is not a thousand miles from its big brother, the Santa Fe, with a steep, upright grille that features three layers of lights - LEDs daytime lights, fog lamps and main beams/indicators.

The setting of the driver's seat won me straight away. It wasn't just good, it was superior, one of the best experienced. The seat is elevated. The angle for the legs is comfortable and you shouldn't suffer cramp or stiffness on long drives.

My car, the high end Premium, was fitted with 17" alloys - the full size spare is buried in the floor of the boot - helped give that heights that make many feel more secure. And still the car behaved well during testing cornering.

Quality feel

There is a quality feel to the fittings in the cabin, which is comfortable and spacious. The huge panoramic sunroof that flows right back over the rear seats doesn't at all hinder headroom.

The Tucson has a well planned interior, based primarily on function, need and use. All the main controls are on the steering column, which is as it should be.

There's an 8" touch screen infotainment system on the high end models, which is a real advantage for showing the view - with very helpful graphics - from the rear view camera.

No matter what model the buyer chooses, the spec sheet offers a healthy spread of features.

The boot space is very decent too, offering 513-litres ordinarily, or with the rear seats folded - they recline too - a handsome 1,503 litres.

The drive is strong, with a decent kick. There is no intrusion of sound into the cabin and the returns are good, with Hyundai talking about 4.6l/100km (60mpg or so) on the combined cycle.

In this case the facts tell the story. The best seller is a best seller for a good reason, or multiple of reasons!

Standard specification on the Tulcson includes 16" alloy wheels, manual air con, Bluetooth, auto cruise control with speed limiter, roof rails, auto light control, tyre pressure monitoring system, USB and AUX, ISG, power outlet, spare wheel; additional on Premium - full leather seats, panoramic sunroof, sat nav, 8" touch screen, rear view camera, flex steering, 17" alloy wheels, glove box cooling, sunband solar glass and privacy glass.