2021 Hyundai Tucson: specifications, prices and plug-in hybrid model details

The strikingly-styled Hyundai Tucson family SUV is now on sale – with a more efficient plug-in hybrid version due in spring 2021

James Allen
Feb 10, 2021

A new version of the Hyundai Tucson is now on sale, as an alternative to other popular family SUVs like the Nissan Qashqai and Ford Kuga. By far the biggest area this new Tucson differs from the previous one is in the styling stakes - thanks to the sharp bodywork creases and funky daytime running lights setup, you won’t confuse this new Hyundai with its predecessor at a glance.

While not as big a leap forward as the distinctive styling, the new Hyundai Tucson does improve upon the old one in a number of areas. Because it’s a bit bigger this time around, the Tucson has more space inside for passengers, and the luggage volume of up to 1,799 litres is very good for this class of car.

The interior’s been given an overhaul, too, as almost all of the buttons in the old Tucson have been replaced by a large touchscreen display and a touch-sensitive control panel. This may sound like a good move, but having to rely on multiple touch controls when driving can be distracting, so if you want a simpler setup, chances are that the outgoing Tucson will suit you better. If you fall into that camp, now is a good time to buy the outgoing model, as the arrival of a new model should mean keener pricing for used models. Check out the deals currently available by clicking on the button above.

Unlike its predecessor, there are no diesel options on the new Tucson. In their place, Hyundai offers a range of petrol engines (including two mild hybrid options, which use a small battery pack and motor generator unit to save a bit of fuel under acceleration). A more conventional petrol-electric hybrid is available, too, and Hyundai promises that a plug-in hybrid option with up to 30 miles of electric-only range possible on a full charge, will arrive before summer 2021.

Quick facts

  • Petrol and hybrid options
  • Plug-in hybrid engine to follow
  • Manual and automatic gearboxes available
  • Up to 1,799 litres of luggage volume
  • Prices start from £28,495
  • On sale now

2021 Hyundai Tucson performance

While Hyundai has ditched diesel power entirely for the new Tucson, it does offer in their place a trio of petrol options - all of which use a variation of the same 1.6-litre turbocharged engine. The entry-level option has 150hp, and there are also two mild hybrid versions - one with 150hp, the other 180hp - which are claimed to be a bit more efficient than the regular petrol, thanks to their small motor generator units, which give the engines a bit of a helping hand when accelerating.

More economy-conscious drivers will likely find the conventional hybrid Tucson more appealing. Like the rest of the range, it uses a 1.6-litre petrol engine, though the extra assistance from an electric motor means this version of the Tucson produces 230hp. It’s unclear how the Tucson hybrid’s economy compares with the rest of the range, though, as Hyundai is yet to confirm any fuel consumption figures.

Gearbox choices vary, depending on which engine you go for. Both 150hp options come as standard with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual, though the mild hybrid version is available with an optional automatic gearbox instead. The 180hp mild hybrid petrol only comes with all-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox, while the hybrid is front-wheel drive and has an automatic gearbox.

In most cases, the engines are available across the Hyundai Tucson range. The only exception is the 180hp mild hybrid option - if you want this engine, you can only have it in the most expensive Ultimate spec.

2021 Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid tech

Hyundai says it will flesh out the Tucson’s engine range even further in the spring, when it introduces a new plug-in hybrid engine option. Like the rest of the Tucson range, this plug-in hybrid version has a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine under the bonnet, though it’s also supported by an electric motor and a larger battery pack, that means it is able to travel further on battery power alone. According to Hyundai, the extra assistance means the plug-in Tucson can produce up to 265hp and 350Nm of torque.

While the greater power is a plus point, the big draw of the plug-in Hyundai Tucson over the rest of the range is its claimed efficiency. Hyundai states that the car’s 13.8kWh battery pack can store enough charge to allow up to 30 miles of electric-only driving on a full charge - meaning you should be able to do short return trips without using the engine.

Details on the Tucson’s fuel economy will be confirmed closer to launch, though - as with all plug-in hybrid cars - you’ll need to charge the car regularly to make the most of the Tucson plug-in’s electric-only range and get the best fuel economy. Fail to charge the car and the empty batteries will mean the electric motor offers little assistance, though you'll have the full weight of the battery pack and motor to lug around, so you can expect mediocre economy. If you're not keen on charging regularly, therefore, one of the conventional hybrid version is likely to be a wiser choice for you.

Hyundai hasn’t yet said how long it’ll take to recharge the Tucson plug-in’s batteries. It has confirmed the car can accept charging speeds of up to 7.2kW, though, which is what many public charging points and domestic wall box units are capable of, so have one of these fitted at home and charging the Tucson should be quick and easy.

2021 Hyundai Tucson dimensions

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 offers 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.

2021 Hyundai Tucson 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 offers the new Tucson in three trim levels - SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate - with equipment varying depending on the spec. Entry-level SE Connect cars get cruise control, dual-zone air-conditioning and a reversing camera, while Premium trim adds features like front parking sensors, heated front seats and an eight-speaker sound system. Go for Ultimate trim, and you’ll gain heated rear seats and a panoramic sunroof.

In spring 2021, Hyundai will also introduce an N Line trim level. Rather than adding any extra equipment, this spec instead gives the Tucson a sportier look, thanks to the small spoiler on the roof and a more aggressive front bumper design. It should be a little bit sportier to drive than the regular Tucson, too, as the N Line trim also replaces the standard suspension with a slightly stiffer setup.

Regardless of which trim you choose, the Hyundai Tucson will come with a good amount of safety equipment. All models are fitted as standard with lane keep assist, which helps prevent the car from drifting out of its lane on the motorway, and higher-spec cars are available with a monitoring system that alerts you if there’s another vehicle obscured by one of the Tucson’s blind spots.

2021 Hyundai Tucson prices

The Hyundai Tucson range starts from £28,495 for entry-level SE Connect trim. Mid-range Premium versions will set you back at least £30,195, and the range-topping Ultimate model kicks off from £32,895. The upcoming N Line version, which goes on sale from spring 2021, will likely start from around £30,000.

Prices for the plug-in hybrid Hyundai Tucson will be revealed closer to the model’s launch in spring 2021. However, as is the case with many other plug-in cars, this version of the Hyundai Tucson will likely carry a big premium over the regular model - expect a base price of around £35,000 for the Tucson plug-in hybrid.


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