15 December 2021

Hyundai Tucson Limited 2021 Car Review

The Hyundai Tucson is a popular model for Hyundai with more than 24,600 units sold in New Zealand since its original launch in 2004. So, it seems only fitting that Hyundai would continue to invest in this strong performer that has ticked the boxes for so many buyers.

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The latest Tucson has a bold look with crisp geometric angles, creases and edges giving it an origami look that certainly stands out from the crowd.

Price: $68,990 + ORC

Standout futuristic exterior

The design has been produced using geometric algorithms and advanced digital technology. This process, known as “parametric dynamics”, utilises lines, faces, angles and shapes created through digital data to create unprecedented, bold design aesthetics. As a result, these intriguing geometric patterns known as “parametric jewels” appear throughout the SUV’s design, giving it a progressive and interesting character.

The best display of this design element are the parametric jewels on the Tucson’s front grille. These Parametric concealed Lights provide a strong first impression. When the lights are off, the front of the vehicle appears covered in dark, geometric patterns, with no distinction between it and the signature LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), which are seamlessly integrated into the grille. Thanks to state-of-the-art half-mirror lighting technology, when the DRLs are switched on, the dark chrome appearance of the grille transforms into jewel-like shapes, bringing an eye-catching element to an otherwise sleek appearance.

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The rear has broad tail lamps with parametric hidden light details. There are also more of these details integrated into the bumper giving a three-dimensional effect.

The 2021 Tucson is the first Hyundai model to feature a concealed rear wiper, which sits just under the spoiler.

One of the characteristics we weren’t so sure about was the placement of the indicators, these were mounted low in the bumper and might not have been the most visible place to implement.

Slick modern interior

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The interior feels modern and uncluttered with the new 10.25-inch AVN touch screen, which fills the centre of the vehicle. Say goodbye to physical knobs and buttons, as all AVN and heat, ventilation and air-conditioning functions are controlled via touch, making it the first Hyundai model to feature a full touchscreen console. This means a more minimalistic look whilst still having good access to key functions.

The Tucson also features new Multi-Air mode technology, which consists of a combination of both direct and indirect air vents for air-conditioning and heating to create a more pleasant indoor environment with gentler air flow.

Gorgeous soft-touch materials are peppered throughout the interior, enhancing the look and feel to a new level, and cool new indirect air vents start from the doors and flow to the centre console.

The new platform is wider and provides open interior space, as it is 20mm longer, 15mm wider, and the wheelbase has been increased by 10mm compared to the Tucson’s previous generation, plus rear passengers can enjoy 26mm of additional legroom.

The interiors layout means you get a clear view of the large 10.25-inch digital cluster, which sits unshrouded. The broad ridge of the dashboard blends seamlessly with the doors, wrapping around the front occupants. This progressive look makes the cabin feel premium and well appointed.

Another great touch was the ambient mood lighting, this helps you to set the mood. Also, there are an incredible 64 configurable colours and 10 levels of brightness to choose from, so you are spoilt for choice and bound to impress your friends and family.

Smooth operator

The Limited model that we reviewed featured a 1.6-litre Turbo charged engine and develops 132kW @5,500rpm. It has a combined fuel consumption of 6.9L/100km with a CO2 output of 157g/km. The Tucson runs fairly lean for a vehicle of this size. The power is fed through a seven-speed duel-clutch transmission which is brilliant at higher speeds.

The Limited Tucson utilises Hyundai’s signature HTRAC four-wheel drive technology for AWD models. This enables agile handling and improved torque application, depending on wheel grip and vehicle speed, during docile driving its benefits are not terribly noticeable but it is a welcome addition when driving on poorly surfaced roads.


The Tucson is an accomplished well rounded mid-sized SUV. In terms of its competition, its closest rival would be the new Kia Sportage SUV, competitively priced with an introductory MRP of $34,990 + ORC, albeit with a considerably different style.

There are also the popular SUV favorites, which may be considered too, like the Toyota RAV4 or Mazda CX-5. But none of these models can match the standout futuristic exterior, looks and cohesive modern interior that sets the new Tucson apart.

At a glance


Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD




$68,990 + ORC

ANCAP safety rating

5 Star

Power and Torque



Seven-speed DCT

Fuel economy/CO2

6.9L/100km, 157g/km

Towing capacity

750kg unbraked, 1650kg braked



Seating capacity


Luggage capacity/payload


Safety systems

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)Lane keep assist
  • Blind-Spot View Monitor
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW)
  • Surround View Monitor
  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC)
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
  • Safe Exit Assist (SEA)

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