Thanks to the success of Creta, Hyundai UV sales recently managed to overtake Mahindra and Mahindra, who has been India’s largest utility vehicle manufacturer for many years. Launched last year, Creta has already established itself as one of the most successful and profitable cars for Hyundai India ever to be launched.
With their SUV sales flourishing, it seems only logical that Hyundai India wanted to fill the void left in between the Creta and the Santa Fe. This is where the Tucson comes in. Hyundai Tucson is not a new name for Indian consumers. The car was previously launched in India, but was later discontinued due to low sales. This time Hyundai India seems to be better prepared to tackle the demands of Indian consumers. Let’s find out if what they claim is true or not in our Hyundai Tucson review.
2017 Hyundai Tucson Exteriors
Featuring a more crossover-styled design, the new generation Hyundai Tucson is more attuned to the company’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 global design language, which we have now seen in the Elite i20, Creta, and Santa Fe. Some of the highlights of Tucson’s exterior include first in class dual barrel LED headlamps, fog lamps with LED DRLs, twin chrome exhaust, 18 inch diamond cut alloys, LED rear combination lights.
In addition to this, the sporty look of Tucson is accentuated by the addition of shark fin antenna, sporty spoiler with LED stop lamp, chrome door handle with pocket lighting, led static bending and positioning lamps, chrome finish beltline, puddle lamp.
Overall, the new Tucson is much sportier to look at than ever before. But, at the same time it has lost its SUV appeal which was quite evident when the Tucson was on sale in India the last time around.
2017 Hyundai Tucson Interiors
Featuring a dual tone dashboard, the interiors of new Hyundai Tucson are very premium and spacious. Be it front or rear seats, each of the up to five passengers are able to travel in comfort in the Tucson. In most cars, it is the front passenger seat which is preferred, thanks to the comfort options it comes with. But, Tucson is one such car where we would prefer to travel by sitting in the rear seats.
Apart from the seat comfort, the cabin of Tucson is also filled with storage spaces. Apart from the doors, there are storage spaces on the dashboard, under the center arm rest in the front. On top of this, the Tucson comes with a boot space of 513 liters, and this increases to 1,503 liters when the rear seats are folded, making it one of the most spacious car in the segment.
Cooling is not an issue as the car’s powerful dual zone ac with rear AC vents manages to cool the cabin within minutes. NVH levels too are fantastic. It will be difficult for you to guess which engine is powering the car you are sitting in, petrol or diesel. The NVH levels are that good.
Another feature that impressed us was the new Smart Infotainment System. This comes with a 8 inch high definition screen which acts as an interface between the car and the driver. The system is also compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. It is also accessible via steering mounted controls and features bluetooth, navigation and is connected to a 4+2 speaker music system that offers a very good music listening experience.
2017 Hyundai Tucson Features
– Premium leather seats
– 4.2 inch colour LCD screes for MID
– Driver centric ergonomic design
– Leather wrapped steering wheel
– Leather console arm rest
– Chrome tip controls on door armrest
– Power adjustable driver seat
– Cruise control
– Flex steer
– Hands free power tailgate with anti-pinch technology
– Auto headlamps
– Tilt & Telescopic steering
– Compass on ECM
– Smart Key
– Start / Stop button
– Electric parking brake
– Auto folding ORVM with heating function
– Dual zone AC with cluster ionizer
– Rear AC vent
– Auto defogger
– Luggage screen
– Glove box cooling
– Rear seat arm-rest with cup holder
– 60-40 split folding rear seat with reclining function
2017 Hyundai Tucson Safety Features
– 6 Airbags
– ABS with EBD
– Rear parking camera
– Speed sensing auto door lock
– 3 point ELR seat belt
– Door inside reflectors
– Child seat anchor
– Front and Rear Parking Assist
– Downhill Brake Control DBC
– Hill-start Assist Control
– ESP with VSM
– Strong structure with 51% Advanced High Strength Steel
2017 Hyundai Tucson Engine, Transmission & Mileage
New Hyundai Tucson is offered with one petrol and one diesel engine option. Hyundai Tucson petrol is powered by a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine that generates max power of 155 PS at 6,200 rpm and peak torque of 192 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Hyundai Tucson diesel variant is powered by a 2.0 liter engine that generates max power of 185 PS at 4,000 rpm and peak torque of 400 Nm in the range of 1,750 to 2,750 rpm.
Transmission options on offer 6 speed automatic and 6 speed manual. Mileage claimed by Hyundai Tucson Petrol MT is 13.03 kmpl while that by the Petrol AT is 12.95 kmpl. Hyundai Tucson Diesel MT claims to deliver 18.42 kmpl while the AT variant delivers 16.38 kmpl.
2017 Hyundai Tucson Driving Dynamics
Hyundai Tucson petrol is powered by the same engine which also powers the Elantra sedan. On board the Elantra, the same engine feels lively, but on board the Tucson, it feels a bit under-powered. This is largely due to the extra weight the Tucson comes with. Though the engine is good enough for driving inside the city, but for highway or when taking on those ghat roads, where you need that extra punch from the engine, the Tucson Petrol disappoints.
On the other hand, Tucson diesel comes with a 2.0 liter mill that dishes out 185 PS and 400 Nm torque. This mill is good enough for this car and does not disappoint at all. It delivers ample power from the initial tap to the red line. The 6 speed auto box is very responsive and does the shifting quite efficiently. There is hardly any turbo lag from the engine.
Feedback from steering is decent, and could have been a bit better. The 225/55 section 18 inchers offer ample grip, allowing you to have a bit of fun when on the go. Overtaking manoeuvres are done with ease while braking performance lacks bite. Suspensions are set to a softer setting, allowing a bit of body roll to seep into the cabin, but at the same time it makes the ride quality quite comfortable for Indian road conditions.
2017 Hyundai Tucson Verdict
Hyundai Tucson checks all the boxes where it comes to comfort, space, driving pleasure (diesel), features, design, and interiors. Though a bit expensive then the Mahindra XUV500, what many consider as its immediate rival, that is not the case. Tucson offers a more premium package along with top notch quality. The top spec Tucson variant will easily be compared with the likes of new Fortuner and Endeavour, and if you are not a fan of those large 7 seater SUVs, Tucson should be your pick.
2017 Hyundai Tucson Review Video
2017 Hyundai Tucson Price
Hyundai Tucson Petrol 2WD MT – INR 18.99 lakh
Hyundai Tucson Petrol 2WD AT GL – INR 21.79 lakh
Hyundai Tucson Diesel 2WD MT – INR 21.59 lakh
Hyundai Tucson Diesel 2WD AT GL – INR 23.48 lakh
Hyundai Tucson Diesel 2WD AT GLS – INR 24.99 lakh
All prices above are ex-showroom, New Delhi.