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HYUNDAI TUCSON ESTATE

1.6 TGDi 48V MHD N Line 5dr 2WD DCT

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Hyundai has big plans for this MK4 model Tucson. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

In an era where nearly a quarter of all European car buyers are looking at something from the SUV Crossover class, mainstream brands need to take this segment very seriously. Hyundai's doing just that with this car, the Tucson, this being the fourth generation 'NX4'-series model. Hyundai has been offering Crossovers in the mid-sized 'Qashqai'-class SUV 'C'-segment since the first generation 'JM'-series Tucson sold between 2004 and 2009. That contender was replaced by a far more competitive 'LM'-series model, which the brand chose to badge 'ix35' for Europe and which campaigned until the MK3 'TL'-series design made its debut in 2015, before being updated three years later. Very little's been carried over from that MK3 model to this fourth generation one. Can this latest car offer a genuine alternative to the established players in this sector? Time to find out.

Driving Experience

All Tucsons now use some sort of 1.6 T-GDi petrol engine. In the base model, this features in conventional form with 150PS and ordinary 6-speed manual transmission. Your dealer will urge you though, to find the small extra premium necessary to get this same 150PS engine with the brand's 48V mild hybrid tech and a choice of either advanced 6iMT manual transmission or a 7DCT auto gearbox. Both these variants are fromt driven; you can have 4WD (and standard 7DCT auto transmission) if you get the 1.6 T-GDi mild hybrid engine in 180PS form. If you want a stronger dose of electrification in your Tucson, there are two full-fat Hybrid options, both of which comes as standard with a 6-speed DCT auto gearbox. The first is a self-charging full-Hybrid variant, which is rear-driven and which uses that 1.6 T-GDi engine in 230PS form. Alternatively, you could go for the top Plug-in Hybrid variant, which is 4-Wheel-driven and mates that 1.6 T-GDi engine to a 66.9kW electric motor for a total output of 265PS, yet can offer an all-electric driving range when fully charged of around 38 miles. Four-wheel drive models get a terrain control switch for optimal driving off-road, but obviously on-tarmac dynamics have been prioritised here, though as with the previous model, don't expect particularly involving handling. Customers are being offered a couple of suspension set-ups, with electronically-controlled adaptive dampers optional on high spec variants. These have two profiles, a softer setup for when the car is in its 'Normal' or 'Eco' drive modes. And a firmer one for when the 'Sport' mode is selected, which also firms up the steering.

Design and Build

Looks different doesn't it? This fourth generation 'NX4'-series model, based on the previous Vision T concept, represents what Hyundai calls 'a design revolution'. Even Hyundai's European exterior Design Chief Eduardo Ramires admits it's 'quite brave'. 'We felt free to innovate' he says, hence the bold grille with its 'Parametric Hidden Lights'. This designates the way that the LED headlamps and the 'jewel-like' running lights are integrated into the sides of the 3D grille and can't be distinguished from it when switched off. This latest model is bigger too, at 4.5-metres long being 20mm longer than its predecessor; it's 15mm wider too. Complementing that are big wheels of between 17 to 19-inches in size. Inside up-front, to suit the current trend, most of the physical controls have been removed in favour of two screens, both 10.25-inches in size. One is for the instrument cluster; the other is for the centre stack and incorporates Hyundai's latest Bluelink telematics. A 10mm longer wheelbase increase has slightly improved rear seat space - there's 26mm more legroom. And the boot now offers up to 620-litres of space in front-driven models (though that falls to 558-litres in the PHEV variant).

Market and Model

The Tucson used to be a budget-orientated choice in the mid-sized family SUV segment. No longer. There are four trim levels - 'SE Connect', 'Premium', 'N Line' and 'Ultimate' - and prices start at around £29,000. Most Tucsons will be sold in the £30,000-£35,000 bracket that's becoming common for electrified crossovers in the mid-sized family SUV segment. For the Plug-in hybrid variant, prices start at just over £39,000 for the base 'Premium' version, with a £2,700 extra fee for the plusher 'Ultimate' model. With this fourth generation Tucson, Hyundai is aiming to move slightly away from comparisons with cheaper mid-sized crossovers like Nissan Qashqais and SEAT Atecas and closer to slightly larger, slightly pricier volume brand mid-size models like Volkswagen's Tiguan and the current Ford Kuga. Doing that will involve not just sharper looks but a greater degree of technology - and that certainly been prioritised here. The twin 10.25-inch interior screens are one example of that, the central infotainment monitor not only including 'Android Auto' and 'Apple CarPlay' connectivity but also Google and Apple calendar integration, along with selectable user profiles. There's also a 'last mile navigation' feature, meaning that if the driver won't be able to find a place to park actually precisely at his or her intended destination, further directions can be sent to their smartphone so that the final part of the journey can be finished on foot. Live parking and traffic information is also included, thanks to up-to-the-minute Hyundai Bluelink telematics. And of course there are up-to-the-minute driver assistance safety features, including the company's latest 'Highway Drive Assist' semi-autonomous capability. This can brake and accelerate the Tucson to keep it a pre-set distance from other motorists, using a 'Lane Follow Assist' system to keep the car in lane on major roads. There's even a 'Remote Smart Parking Assist' feature, allowing the car to be summoned from a parking spot via a button on the key.

Cost of Ownership

By offering the broadest range of electrified powertrains in the mid-sized SUV segment, this Korean brand aims to take a lead in terms of drivetrain efficiency in this class, with mild hybrid, full hybrid and plug-in hybrid tech available to customers. Let's get to the WLTP figures. The conventional version of the company's 1.6 T-GDI Smartstream engine puts out 151g/km of CO2, but you can improve that marginally to 148g/km if you get this powerplant with the brand's 48V mild hybrid tech. The full-Hybrid model improves that showing to 127g/km. In all its forms, this 1.6-litre powerplant has been optimised for efficiency and gets Hyundai's Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology. CVVD optimises engine performance and fuel efficiency while also being eco-friendly. The valve control technology regulates the duration of the valve opening and closing, according to driving conditions. This is the only system that can change the duration of valve opening during driving. The company's latest iMT intelligent manual transmission also helps efficiency by working purely electronically, de-coupling the engine from the transmission after the driver releases the accelerator while driving at a constant speed, allowing the car to enter into a coasting mode, which obviously improves overall fuel efficiency. And as usual with Hyundai, with all Tucsons, you get one of the best customer assurance plans in the industry. The Five Year Triple Care warranty includes five years of mechanical cover with no mileage limit, annual vehicle health checks and roadside assistance.

Summary

Hyundai is much more than just of value volume brand these days - and this fourth generation Tucson provides ample proof of that. It's a family SUV you'd choose for its looks, secure in the knowledge that in terms of practicality, safety and connectivity, it's also cutting-edge. Engine electrification is also up-to-the-minute here. Only if you're looking for a truly involving drive might you have reason for pause for thought with the Tucson. But few customers in the mid-sized crossover sector prioritise that, so Hyundai hasn't. And it goes without saying that this car isn't intended for serious off-road expeditions. Serious family expeditions - to the shopping mall, the in-laws or Inverness - are well within its remit though. We think this car will really properly establish Hyundai in this segment.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions148.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed117mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 10.25" super vision instrument cluster
  • 10.25" touchscreen satellite navigation with mapcare and live services
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Bluetooth system
  • Cruise control
  • Digital clock
  • Drive mode selector
  • Driver attention warning
  • E-call
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) - Car, Pedestrian and Cycle
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Intelligent speed limit assist
  • Lane follow assist
  • Lane keep assist
  • Manual speed limit assist (MLSA)
  • PAS
  • Rev counter
  • Reversing camera
  • Roll over sensor
  • Tailgate open warning light
  • Trip computer
  • Trip odometer
  • Voice recognition
  • Water temperature gauge
  • Windscreen washer fluid sensor and warning indicator
  • Wireless phone charging pad

Entertainment

  • 2 front and 2 rear speakers with 2 tweeters
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/phone controls
  • USB connections in front and rear

Exterior Features

  • Adjustable intermittent front windscreen wipers with aero wiper blade
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic defog system
  • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
  • Automatic windscreen wipers with rain sensor
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • Body colour exterior door handles
  • Body coloured wheel arches
  • Dark chrome effect radiator grille
  • Electrically adjustable, heated and power folding door mirrors
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Front and rear electric windows with anti-trap mechanism and one touch control
  • Front fog lights
  • Gloss black door frame moulding
  • High beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear lights
  • MFR - LED headlight with static bending light
  • Positioning Lights - LED
  • Privacy glass - Rear windows and tailgate
  • Rear wash/wipe with intermittent wipe setting
  • Roof rails
  • Silver front and rear skid plate
  • Tinted glass with windscreen shade band
  • Trailer stability assist

Interior Features

  • 12V power outlets in front console and luggage compartment
  • 40/20/40 split folding rear seat
  • Adjustable head restraints (Up and down)
  • Alloy pedals
  • Ambient lighting
  • Cupholders in centre and rear console
  • Cupholders in rear armrest
  • Door courtesy lights
  • Driver and passenger sunvisors with illuminated LED vanity mirrors
  • Driver's seat electric lumbar support
  • Driver's seat manual height adjust
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front armrest with storage box
  • Front door pocket bottle holders
  • Front passenger seat lumbar adjustment
  • Heated front seats
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Illuminated/air conditioned glove compartment
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob
  • Leather/suede upholstery
  • Luggage area underfloor compartment
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Luggage cover
  • Luggage hooks
  • Manual height adjustable front passenger seat
  • Map reading lights
  • Retractable load cover
  • Sunglasses holder

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Active bonnet
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Brake assist function
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Downhill brake control
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Electric parking brake with auto hold function
  • Electronic stability control
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front center airbag
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation switch
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Front side airbags + full size curtain airbags
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Multi-Collision braking
  • Seatbelt height adjustment for front seats
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system with individual tyre pressure display - TPMS
  • Vehicle stability management

Security

  • Alarm
  • Deadlocks
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote control central locking
  • Smart key with keyless entry and engine start/stop button
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking

Wheels

  • 19" alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    148

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1598
  • Compression Ratio
    10.5 : 1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    75.6
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    89
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    6.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    35.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    44.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.6
  • Badge Power
    150
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TGDi 48V MHD
  • Coin Series
    N Line
  • Generation Mark
    4
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    15E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    86
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    87
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    66
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    70
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    9.6
  • Engine Power - BHP
    150
  • Engine Power - KW
    110
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    184
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    25.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    250
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1500
  • Top Speed
    117

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1653
  • Length
    4500
  • Wheelbase
    2680
  • Width
    1865

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    54
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1756
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    577
  • Max. Loading Weight
    609
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1650
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1491
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.9
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Customer Reviews

   
Julie Judge

Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

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"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

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"The whole team at SFM have been great from start to finish! Aby talked me through lots of options before I finally made a choice and ordered. Holly has kept me updated through out and been on hand to answer any questions I have had. Scott also spent time with me and rid me of my range anxiety going across to a full EV. I would highly recommend getting in touch with SFM for any of your car needs."

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