Hyundai Tucson (2015 - present)

Cheap, well-equipped and reliable: the Hyundai Tucson is a practical family crossover

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Five year warranty and 5-star safety rating
Well-equipped
Good value with prices starting at under £19,000

Weaknesses 

Engines feel underpowered
Lacks style and distinctive features
Restricted view through rear window
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Hyundai Tucson Diesel Estate 2.0 crdi 185 premium se 5dr auto

Total RRP £33,900

Your quote £27,348

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With a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, good level of standard equipment and low prices, the Hyundai Tucson is one of the most sensible family car choices.

As a family crossover - like the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar - the Tucson aims to blend the low running costs and steady ride of a hatchback with the higher driving position and practicality of an off-roader.

You can't miss the big grille at the front, but the interior is less bold in its design. The dashboard is sensible, well-laid out and has a feeling of solidity, if not design flair.

There’s a useful range of standard equipment, with even the base S trim level featuring DAB radio, Bluetooth and automatic headlights that switch themselves on when it's dark. The most popular SE Nav trim comes with an 8in touchscreen which has sat-nav and comes with a reversing camera too.

Passengers will find that the interior is one of the most spacious in its class, ahead of the Qashqai and Kadjar. Even the roof, which slopes down towards the rear doesn’t prevent adults from sitting comfortably in the back, with plenty of legroom, too.

The 513-litre boot is also bigger than the Nissan or Renault models, as well as the Ford Kuga (over which it has a significant advantage). It’s easily big enough for a large weekly shop or luggage for a family of four.

On the road, the Tucson is comfortable but - like the rest of the car, not particularly exciting to drive, with engines that are more focused on fuel economy than performance. Hyundai has judged that low running costs are more important to most potential buyers, although the most efficient 1.7-litre diesel engine, which has an official fuel economy figure of 61.7mpg is not as efficient as the equivalent Nissan Qashqai.

It's available with four wheel drive, which provides more control on slippery surfaces, but most drivers are satisfied with the cheaper two-wheel drive option.

The Tucson also has a top five-star safety rating after being independently crash-tested by Euro NCAP, and two sets of Isofix mounts to securely attach child seats in the back. It might not stand out, but it ticks all the important boxes for a good family car.

Last Updated 

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 15:15

Key facts 

Warranty: 
5 years / unlimited miles
Boot size: 
513 litres / 1,503 litres with seats down
Width: 
1,850mm
Length: 
4,475mm
Height: 
1,645mm
Tax: 
From C (£30) to H (£300 in first year and £210 thereafter)

Best Hyundai Tucson for... 

Hyundai Tucson 1.7 CRDi Blue Drive 2WD
The 1.7-litre CRDI diesel is by far the most popular choice among buyers, the 61.7mpg economy figure proving to be one of its most appealing aspects, while low CO2 emissions of 119g/km also help keep costs down.
Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi 136PS ISG
The main drawback of the smaller diesel is its lack of power, but this 2.0-litre unit makes up for that in part, while also returning an official fuel consumption figure of 58.9mpg and emissions of 127g/km.
Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi 185PS 4WD
Boasting an additional 49 horsepower over the lower-powered 2.0-litre variant, plus four-wheel drive on all versions, this feels faster.
Hyundai Tucson 1.6 GDi 132PS 2WD with ISG
There are good reasons why this is the choice of a select few buyers: underpowered and relatively expensive to run, you must really want a petrol-fuelled Tucson to choose this variant.

Hyundai Tucson History 

  • September 2015 The current-generation Hyundai Tucson arrives in Britain.
  • 2016 The 1.6 T-GDI turbocharged petrol engine is dropped due to lack of demand.

Understanding Hyundai Tucson car names 

  • Tucson
  • Trim
    SE Nav
  • Engine
    1.7 CRDI 132PS
  • Trim
    There are five trim levels, rising in price and adding more standard-fit equipment as buyers go further up the ladder.
  • Engine
    There are four engine options. The sole petrol unit is badged GDi, while the three diesels are designated CRDi. All power ratings are expressed in metric horsepower (PS).

Hyundai Tucson Engines 

1.6 GDi, 1.7 CRDi, 2.0 CRDi

The 132 horsepower 1.6 GDI engine is the sole petrol engine available with the Tucson. You’ll have to really, really want a petrol-fuelled Tucson to choose it, though, as it’s not not quick or economical.

The least powerful diesel engine is a 1.7-litre unit. Its official fuel consumption figure of 61.7mpg (closer to 50mpg in real-world driving) is reasonable, but this comes with the cost of sluggish performance. A 0-62mph acceleration time of 13.7sec is much slower than rivals with similar engines. It's still the most popular option for Tucson buyers, though.

There are two versions of the range-topping 2.0-litre diesel, producing 136 horsepower or 185 horsepower. The lower-powered option – which is available with front-wheel or four-wheel drive – officially returns 58.9mpg and can hit 62mph from a standing start in 10.6 seconds (10.9 seconds with 4WD), which isn’t lightning fast, but not bad.

The extra power produced by the 185 horsepower diesel results in a little more urgency on the road, but it's still not particularly fast and also uses much more fuel, with an official 47.9mpg figure that you can expect to dip below 40mpg in real-world driving.

Hyundai Tucson Trims 

S, SE, SE Nav, Premium, Premium SE

The Tucson is a well-equipped model, The entry-level S trim includes standard features such as 16in alloy wheels, air conditioning, DAB digital radio with MP3 compatibility, wireless Bluetooth connectivity for your phone, USB and Aux connections, and automatic headlights.

Stepping up to SE (for an additional £1,850) adds 17in alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, heated front seats and dual-zone climate control so both front passengers can choose the temperature for their side of the car.

The next trim level is SE Nav, which is the most popular choice for buyers (over 60% opt for this trim level). An extra £800 over the cost of SE models adds touchscreen satellite navigation plus a Speed Limit Information System (SLIF), which recognises traffic signs displaying speed limits and alerts the driver to them.

Features added to the Premium trim level (for an additional £3,750 over the cost of SE Nav versions) include 19in alloy wheels (excluding 1.7 CRDi Blue Drive, which has 17in Alloy Wheels), leather upholstery, front parking sensors, automatic rain-sensing wipers, heated front seats and an automatic braking system that can stop the car if it's headed straight for an object in the road.

The range-topping Premium SE (an extra £3,300 over the price of Premium cars) adds a number of mostly comfort-oriented features including heated steering wheel, keyless entry with engine start/stop button, a motorised bootlid, brighter, LED headlights, a full-length sunroof and ventilated front seats that cool your back.

Hyundai Tucson Reliability and warranty 

Buyers can take comfort from the fact that Hyundai offers a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty on the Tucson, which also includes five years of roadside assistance and annual vehicle healthchecks for five years.

Used Hyundai Tucson 

You're unlikely to get a bargain in the second-hand market, because the Tucson is expected to hold its value well. After three years, some models are predicted to be worth half the list price when new, which is a strong performance.

You can still save with nearly new models, but discounts of around £3,000 are not far off the best new Hyundai Tucson deals. 

List price

BuyaCar new

1 year old

2 years old

3 years old

Best for economy

Price

£20,495

£18,181

£19,489

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Hyundai Tucson 1.7 CRDi Blue Drive 2WD

Save

12%

5%

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Best for families

Price

£25,545

£23,332

£19,989

N/a

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Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi 136PS ISG

Save

9%

22%

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N/a

Best for performance

Price

£28,400

£24,096

£20,995

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Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi 185PS 4WD

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16%

26%

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Prices correct at time of publication

Hyundai Tucson Prices

Hyundai Tucson Premium

1.7 crdi blue drive premium 5dr 2wd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,661

You could save up to: £4894

1.7 crdi blue drive premium 5dr 2wd dct

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,609

You could save up to: £5351

2.0 crdi blue drive premium 5dr 2wd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,795

You could save up to: £5160

2.0 crdi premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 46.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,484

You could save up to: £5711

Hyundai Tucson Premium SE

1.7 crdi blue drive premium se 5dr 2wd dct

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,888

You could save up to: £6022

2.0 crdi 185 premium se 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,348

You could save up to: £6552

2.0 crdi blue drive premium se 5dr 2wd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,044

You could save up to: £5811

2.0 crdi premium se 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 46.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,744

You could save up to: £6401

Hyundai Tucson S

1.6 gdi blue drive s 5dr 2wd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,485

You could save up to: £3670

1.7 crdi blue drive s 5dr 2wd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,692

You could save up to: £3963

Hyundai Tucson SE

1.6 gdi blue drive se 5dr 2wd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,983

You could save up to: £4022

1.7 crdi blue drive se 5dr 2wd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,191

You could save up to: £4314

1.7 crdi blue drive se 5dr 2wd dct

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,038

You could save up to: £4747

Hyundai Tucson SE Nav

1.6 gdi blue drive se nav 5dr 2wd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,698

You could save up to: £5107

1.7 crdi blue drive se nav 5dr 2wd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,839

You could save up to: £4466

1.7 crdi blue drive se nav 5dr 2wd dct

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,686

You could save up to: £4899

2.0 crdi blue drive se nav 5dr 2wd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,973

You could save up to: £4732

2.0 crdi se nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 46.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,581

You could save up to: £5264