Hyundai’s all-new Tucson SUV represents a major step forward for the brand, with advances in driving dynamics, safety, technology and comfort. It continues the ground-breaking work of the company’s recent vehicle designs and is the company’s flagship offering in the hotly-contested medium SUV market segment.
Call the babysitter and leave your children at home. The Tucson has a cabin comfortable enough for four adults - perfect for that double date out on the water. With built in sat navigation, you’ll all be able to find your way to the boat ramp with ease.
The Tucson now comes standard with active lane keep assist – putting your safety as a priority. This still functioned well, even when the vehicle was latched onto the trailer. The 2.0 Turbo Diesel performed well on the hill accelerating up to 80kph at 3500rpm. Once our speed was attained, the gearbox responded swiftly and fell back to 2500 rpm.
It was refreshing to see minimal chrome detail on the outer heater vents, thus reducing glare significantly. So often these vents turn to Christmas tree decorations as they hit the sun. We found the mirrors a bit small for comfort, and our vision slightly reduced due to their shape. The reverse camera on the other hand was perfect, making coupling a breeze.
One of the favourite features we liked about this Hyundai was the suspension. It was both firm and comfortable; combined with Lane Departure Warning, positive steering and a good driver position, you end up with stable ride in all situations we subjected it to.
The new 2016 Tucson also comes with a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating. It achieves this through an advanced high-strength steel body shell, six airbags and a host of other safety features.
The Hyundai Tucson has a lot going for it, but it doesn’t do enough to topple the Mazda CX-5 as our favourite mid-sized SUV.
At a glance
|Model||2016 Hyundai Tucson|
|Engine||2.0 Diesel intercooler turbo|
|Power||136kw at 4000rpm|
|Towing Capacity Braked||1750kg|
|Towing Capacity Unbraked||750kg|
Thanks to SeaCraft Miller Moyes for the test boat & trailer.