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HYUNDAI TUCSON ESTATE

1.6 TGDi Hybrid 230 N Line S 5dr 2WD Auto

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Hyundai's fourth generation Tucson mid-sized SUV has a smarter look and feel - and a very clever Hybrid engine. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

For some time now, the established brands have been unable to ignore Hyundai - and they certainly won't be able to ignore this fifth generation version of its Tucson mid-sized SUV. The Tucson has yet to break into the top five sellers in its class, where cars like Nissan's Qashqai, Volkswagen Tiguan and Ford's Kuga tend to dominate, and it isn't going to unless it dresses itself in a form that's going to make people really sit up and take notice. Well this 'NX4'-series MK4 model certainly does that. This fourth generation model offers a token conventionally powered unit at the foot of the range, but otherwise everything on offer is in some way electrified: mild hybrid, full hybrid, plug-in hybrid - take your pick. It's the full-Hybrid HEV version we try here.

Driving Experience

For electrified engine technology that'll really make a difference to your Tucson, you'll need some sort of full-Hybrid powertrain, your options for that beginning with the 2WD-only HEV Hybrid model we look at here. With this variant, a 'Prius'-style self-charging petrol/electric engine working with a 6-speed auto gearbox is mated to a 60PS electric motor powered by a 1.49kWh battery, which provides sufficient extra urge to this powertrain's combined power output to 230PS. Enough to deliver a 62mph sprint stat of 8s and a top speed of 120mph. Although the battery on offer in a Tucson HEV isn't very big, it's very good at constantly replenishing itself with regenerative energy, so that much of the time in town travel, you'll be able to cruise through the urban sprawl in a dignified silence. You can leave the powertrain to do its own thing, or use the centre console HEV/EV button to make your own choice between full-Hybrid or full-Electric motion - though the latter won't last for very long. You might not be quite so impressed out of town. The self-charging full-Hybrid system adds 73kgs of weight, enough to see a well equipped Tucson HEV model tipping the scales at nearly 1.7-tonnes. Combining that with the electric motor's relatively feeble output can only have only one result: a frequent propensity for the 1.6 T-GDi petrol unit to kick in (sometimes quite vocally) virtually all the time in usual driving. Once it has, should there be a need for more urgent forward thrust, then a prod of the throttle is accompanied by a pleasing initial stab of electrified torque, but this doesn't last for long because torque is more restricted than it would be with a comparably-powerful diesel-engined rival.

Design and Build

There's little to differentiate this HEV Hybrid Tucson variant from other derivatives in the range. This fourth generation 'NX4'-series model, based on the previous Vision T concept, has represented 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 MK4 model is bigger than any previous generation Tucson too, at 4.5-metres long. 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. There's decent space on the back seat - and lots of headroom. The boot is hardly compromised at all in this HEV form, with a 616-litre capacity that's just 4-litres less than the base un-electrified 1.6 T-GDi model. The MHEV Mild Hybrid variant, in contrast, only offers 577-litres and the Plug-in version is 558-litres.

Market and Model

From launch, the full-Hybrid version of this mid-sized SUV was priced in the £32,500 to £37,500 bracket, offered only in front-driven form and available across five trim levels - 'SE Connect', 'N Line', 'N Line S', 'Premium' and top 'Ultimate'. This model's two key rivals are Honda's CR-V and Toyota's RAV4: those two models these days only come in self-charging full-Hybrid form. All Tucson HEV models include lots of kit. Tick off roof rails, auto headlamps and wipers, LED tail lights, cruise control, Hyundai's 'Drive Mode Select' drive mode system, rear parking sensors, rear privacy glass and an alarm. Plus a wide range of camera safety features too. Standard cabin items include a rear view camera and dual zone climate control, plus you can also tick off an auto-dimming rear view mirror and powered lumbar support for the driver's seat. Along of course with plenty of media tech. The standard GPS system works on a 10.25-inch 'Touchscreen Satellite Navigation' display screen that includes Hyundai's Mapcare and 'LIVE' traffic services. In addition, there's the usual 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring features; a DAB audio system with a couple of front and rear speakers, plus two tweeters; and a 'Bluelink' connectivity section, offering a calendar, weather info and a vehicle diagnostics menu. Through the leather-stitched multi-function steering wheel, you view a 'Supervision Instrument Cluster Screen', also 10.25-inch in size, that can be customised with individual drive mode layouts and various informational features. Features specific to the base 'SE Connect'-grade of trim include 17-inch alloy wheels and Halogen projector headlamps.

Cost of Ownership

The efficiency figures reveal that Hyundai's MHEV mild hybrid tech gives you hardly any benefit over the standard version of the brand's 1.6 TGDi petrol engine. It all merely illustrates what we've been saying for some time, which is that mild hybrid tech doesn't really have much to offer the modern motorist. To start seeing more of an efficiency benefit, you'll need a full-Hybrid engine - one that is able to run independently on battery power. The HEV self-charging unit fitted to the Hybrid petrol model can certainly do that. Though not for very long, thanks to the combination of a near-1.7-tonne kerb weight, a relatively feeble 60PS electric motor and the small size of the 1.49kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack that powers it. Still, this front-driven HEV model's efficiency showing - 49.6mpg combined and 127g/km of CO2 - is much better than you'd get from a diesel rival, even a more feebly-powered one. A Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI DSG model with just 150PS for instance (80PS less than a Tucson HEV), manages up to 46.3mpg and a smoky 160g/km - with a higher tax exposure, running on pricier fuel. These days, unless you're planning to tow with your mid-sized SUV, it's really hard to make a case for choosing a diesel with it - and those figures clearly illustrate just why. With a full-Hybrid engine, it's all good.

Summary

Hyundai still has to work out a way to make all Tucson variants - including this one - ride and handle with the polish common to the best of this car's mid-sized SUV rivals. The marque also needs more of a brand identity, though with future models all now slated, like this one, to carry a more distinct and individual personality, it seems likely that the days when people primarily chose a Hyundai merely on the basis of price and value will soon be behind us. And if you're looking for efficiency, then this HEV Hybrid model has far more to offer than its MHEV Mild Hybrid range stablemate. Overall, there's no doubt that this Korean maker has turned quite a corner here - a switch from delivering the kind of mid-sized SUV you might need to providing one you might genuinely really want. Which of course, as every modern brand knows, makes all the difference in the world in such an over-crowded segment. The Tucson model line needed a bit of a spark to really ignite its appeal. Well that's been delivered here - in every sense.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
Emissions
Emissions131.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed120mph

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
  • Blind spot Collision Warning (BCW)
  • Bluetooth system
  • Cruise control - smart adaptive speed control with stop and go function
  • Digital clock
  • Drive mode selector
  • Driver attention warning
  • E-call
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist Junction Turning (FCAJX)
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Intelligent speed limit assist
  • Lane follow assist
  • Lane keep assist
  • PAS
  • Rear cross traffic collision avoidance (RCCA)
  • Rev counter
  • Reversing camera
  • Roll over sensor
  • Smart power tailgate
  • 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

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Krell premium audio system with 8 speakers and subwoofer
  • 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
  • Black headlamp bezels
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • Body colour exterior door handles
  • Body coloured wheel arches
  • Dark chrome effect radiator grille
  • Electric tilt/slide panoramic sunroof
  • 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
  • N Line body coloured side mouldings
  • N Line design front grille
  • N Line Exclusive front and rear bumpers
  • N Line rear spoiler with fins
  • Positioning Lights - LED
  • Privacy glass - Rear windows and tailgate
  • Rear wash/wipe with intermittent wipe setting
  • Roof rails
  • Silver front and rear skid plate
  • Sports twin tip exhaust and diffuser
  • 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
  • Black headliner
  • 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
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front armrest with storage box
  • Front door pocket bottle holders
  • Front passenger seat lumbar adjustment
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Illuminated/air conditioned glove compartment
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather/suede upholstery
  • LED personal and overhead console lamp
  • Luggage area underfloor compartment
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Luggage cover
  • Luggage hooks
  • Manual height adjustable front passenger seat
  • Map and reading lights
  • N Line logo on steering wheel
  • Rear side window blinds
  • Retractable load cover
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Three zone climate control

Passive Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Active bonnet
  • Airbag - Front, front side, curtain and centre front airbags
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Brake assist function
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Downhill brake control
  • Electric parking brake with auto hold function
  • Electronic stability control
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation switch
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • 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

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    1.5
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    131

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
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    4.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    58.9

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.6
  • Badge Power
    230
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TGDi 230 Hybrid
  • Coin Series
    N Line S
  • Generation Mark
    4
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    20E
  • 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)
    8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    230
  • Engine Power - KW
    169
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    258
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    35.7
  • Engine Torque - NM
    350
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1500
  • Top Speed
    120

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)
    52
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2175
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1795
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    616
  • Max. Loading Weight
    611
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1650
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1564
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.9
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

Olivia Creemer

"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

"2 months ago"

Oliver Blayney

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"We were really impressed with the service provided from Silverstone Fleet Management. The team were responsive, committed and friendly and ultimately provided the best price for the deal we were enquiring about. I would recommend them to anyone looking to lease a new car, you'll be well looked after! :)"

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"Ryan was the most helpful person I’ve ever dealt with. He was very informative and gave me updates on my vehicle all throughout! If I’m going to anyone for cars, it’s Ryan! Great experience."

"a month ago"

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