Hyundai Tucson SUV

Price range

$25,490 – $31,490

Overall

Good: NOTE: DISCONTINUED IN AUSTRALIA APRIL 2010. Good value Compact SUV and, passive safety items are standard, not optional like a number of competitors…

Not so Good: Off the pace compared to the best Compact SUV’s regarding ride & handling. The V6 is pretty thirsty – where’s the Turbo Diesel option? Replaced by the ix35 in April 2010 – which is a significantly superior product.

Design and Engineering

Good : The Tucson is the right size for a Compact SUV – not too big, not too small; with ‘friendly’ styling for an SUV. Available in AWD & 2WD (which is all most drivers probably ever need).

Not so good : The vehicle’s platform is a generation behind the new ix35, and so is the styling.

Interior and Styling

Good : There’s good visibility in the Tucson – it’s comfortable up-front and the layout is basic and functional. The 2nd row seats fold flat, helping to provide generous cargo space – plus there’s plenty of storage options front and rear.

Not so good : The interior is…bland. The leather steering wheel lacks grip and the flat front seats are short on support.

Performance

Good : The V6 is smooth; however the 4-cylinder engine is a better compromise.

Not so good : V6 not powerful or quick enough and lacks torque. The outdated 4-speed auto transmission really needs a fifth gear.

Ride and Handling

Good : It is relatively quiet and refined on road, and handles okay for a Compact SUV.

Not so good : Not exactly fun to drive on or off-road – the handling lacks the refinement of Class-Leading Compact SUV’s… The V6’s handling is too nose-heavy.

Buying and Owning

Good : In 2009 it sold like hot cakes – so it must suit the Australian needs! Great pricing and the 4-cyl is smart buying. The standard active safety features are excellent for the price. Don’t forget the generous five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.

Not so good : V6 drinks too much fuel. Getting on…this current generation has been on sale since 2004 – and has effectively been replaced by the Hyundai ix35.

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