Buyers guide to the Hyundai Tucson

Buyers guide to the Hyundai Tucson

The latest version of the Hyundai SUV comes with new tech, powertrain options and standardised safety features. We take a look at the 2018 Tucson.

The Hyundai Tucson is currently in its third generation and the South Korean brand has recently put the facelifted version on sale – which will be on the road from September.

But why should customers look at the 2018 Tucson to be their next option – especially when it’s in such a competitive segment?

2018 Hyundai Tucson

What engines are on offer?

The Tucson comes with both petrol and diesel units, with the petrol options in the guises of a 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated and a turbocharged 1.6-litre, and the diesel offered is a newly-introduced 1.6-litre option. Power ranges from the 114bhp up to 175bhp, with manual and automatic gearboxes on offer.

The main addition, however, is a 48V mild-hybrid setup that pairs a 2.0-litre diesel engine to an electric motor to produce 183bhp. The powertrain is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.

How many trim levels are there?

Customers can choose from one of four trim levels – S Connect, SE Nav, Premium and Premium SE – with even base spec models coming with a touchscreen infotainment system with a DAB radio and smartphone connectivity with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. LED daytime running lights, electric windows and dusk-sensing headlights also come as standard.

Bluetooth, alloy wheels, fog lights and climate control are also included on S Connect models, while higher versions can come a wireless charging pad for compatible smartphones, LED lighting, cruise control and rear parking sensors.

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2018 Hyundai Tucson

What safety equipment is available?

To ensure drivers and passengers are safe in the Tucson, Hyundai has fitted the SUV with a range of safety equipment that are bang up-to-date. Autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist are fitted as standard, while driver attention warning, a speed limit indicator and blind spot detection are also on offer further up the specification levels.

How much customisation is there?

Prospective buyers have 10 colours to choose from for the bodywork, ranging from solid to metallic and pearl effect finishes. Customers can select either Polar White, Fiery Red, Platinum Silver, White Sand, Moon Rock, Micron Grey and Phantom Black as before the update, with Hyundai also adding Olivine Grey, Stellar Blue and Champion Blue.

How much is it?

Prices for the Tucson start from a very reasonable £21,845 for the S Connect model, while the SE Nav starts from £23,245. The more high-end Premium models start from £25,845 and the top-spec Premium SE has an initial cost of £29,745.

Available to buy now, the models will be delivered from next month.

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