2020 Hyundai Tucson: specifications, dimensions and practicality

The latest Hyundai Tucson SUV has been revealed with a striking design, improved practicality and an array of engine options

James Allen
Oct 30, 2020

A new version of the Hyundai Tucson is set to go on sale by the end of 2020, to take on other popular family SUVs like the Nissan Qashqai and Ford Kuga. As the pictures show, it will also be a far more striking car to look at than the one it replaces - though Hyundai says there’s more to the new Tucson than its bold new design.

Because the new Tucson is a bit bigger this time around, Hyundai says it’s been able to improve the amount of space inside for passengers and their luggage. It’s also given the interior design a very drastic makeover, as almost all of the buttons in the old Tucson have been moved into a new touchscreen display and a touch-sensitive control panel.

The Tucson’s engine range is pretty comprehensive too: there are plenty of petrol and diesel options to choose from; most of which are mild-hybrids that use a small motor-generator unit to marginally improve fuel economy. A conventional hybrid will also be offered, and Hyundai promises a plug-in hybrid option (which offers a larger battery and greater electric range but needs to be charged periodically to make the most of the electric power for reduced emissions) will join the range later down the line.

At the time of writing, there’s no concrete launch date for the Hyundai Tucson just yet, though the new SUV should start arriving in showrooms before the end of 2020. Expect a broader range of versions to be available in the first half of 2021.

Quick facts

  • Petrol, diesel and hybrid engine options
  • Plug-in hybrid engine to follow
  • Manual and automatic gearboxes available
  • Up to 1,799 litres of luggage volume
  • Prices yet to be confirmed
  • On sale from late 2020

2020 Hyundai Tucson performance and economy

Hyundai Tucson buyers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking an engine, as there’ll be no less than six options available at launch. It’ll be a pretty varied selection, too: while they all use variations of a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol or diesel engine, they’ll be available as standalone combustion petrol/diesel engines, conventional hybrids (where you can't plug the car in), plug-in hybrids or mild-hybrid units that use a motor-generator to give the engine a bit of a helping hand.

If you’re after diesel power, your options will be limited to the regular version with 115hp, or the marginally more potent 136hp mild-hybrid version. Both come as standard with two-wheel drive and a manual gearbox, though you’ll need to go for the mild-hybrid diesel if you’d prefer to have an automatic gearbox and/or all-wheel drive.

The petrol range is a bit more varied in comparison: there are 150hp and 180hp mild-hybrid options, as well as a 150hp petrol without any electrical assistance. Unlike the diesels, all three engines can come with manual gearboxes and front or all-wheel drive, but an automatic won’t be offered on the non-hybrid petrol.

Last but not least, the Tucson will also be available with a 230hp petrol-electric hybrid format. Because it’s a conventional hybrid, this version of Tucson should be able to cover up to a mile or two on electric power alone - though, due to the small size of the 1.49kWh battery, don’t expect to cover anywhere near as far on electric power as the plug-in hybrid version that features a much larger battery.

2021 Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid technology

The Tucson will launch with mild-hybrid and conventional hybrid engine options an is set to gain a plug-in hybrid version in 2021. Full details are yet to be confirmed, but we do know that it will use the same petrol-electric setup that will soon be available in the larger Hyundai Santa Fe: a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that’s paired to an electric motor.

Like the petrol-electric Santa Fe, the plug-in hybrid Tucson will also have a total power output of 265hp. If the larger SUV’s figures are anything to go by, the Tucson plug-in could have an electric-only range of around 30 miles - though that will depend on whether Hyundai can fit the larger Santa Fe’s 13.8kWh battery pack inside the smaller SUV.

2020 Hyundai Tucson dimensions and practicality

The new Tucson is only marginally bigger than the outgoing one, though Hyundai says that’s freed up enough room inside to make this new version noticeably more spacious. Taller passengers in particular should benefit from the increase in size, as Hyundai claims the new Tucson has 26mm more rear seat legroom than the one it replaces.

Being a boxy family-sized SUV, the Hyundai Tucson also has a good amount of boot space - though, because of factors such as the space taken up by the batteries on the hybrid versions, how much room you’ll have will vary across the range.

With the rear seats in place, the Tucson has between 546 and 620 litres of luggage volume, and this can increase to 1,725-1,799 litres by folding the rear seats down. Both pairs of figures are reasonably high for a car of this size, so if you need a large boot in your mid-size SUV, the Tucson should be a good option.

2020 Hyundai Tucson specifications and in-car tech

Like the exterior, the Hyundai Tucson’s interior is also a big departure from the outgoing car. Gone are the conventional buttons from the old Tucson; in their place are a large 10.3-inch touchscreen display and a gloss black panel with touch sensitive controls for the heating and air-conditioning. If you find prodding away at touchscreens distracting while driving, you might prefer the outgoing car, as it still offers plenty of touchscreen controls, but doesn't force you to use a touchscreen to change basic functions such as the air-conditioning.

Hyundai also says the new Tucson will be available with an extensive array of tech. Features confirmed so far include a fully digital instrument display, climate control, an upmarket sound system and smartphone connectivity with the previously mentioned touchscreen.

There’ll also be an abundance of driver aids, ranging from autonomous emergency braking, blind spot warning and an adaptive cruise control that can use sat-nav data to adjust the car’s speed for upcoming corners. However, as with the other in-car tech details, Hyundai hasn’t yet said what will come as standard or be offered as optional extras on the new Tucson.

2020 Hyundai Tucson prices and release date

Hyundai hasn’t said exactly when the Tucson will go on sale in the UK, though it promises the new SUV should arrive before the end of 2020. Prices will be revealed closer to launch, but it will likely carry a slight premium over the outgoing version - expect the new Tucson range to start from around £24,000.

 

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