What is it?
The Tucson is Hyundai’s best-selling car. That’s little surprise, since it’s a direct rival to the Nissan Qashqai. It’s the same width and height, and a hand’s width longer. And, following a facelift, the styling of the two cars are now pretty in line with each other.
Sales are growing, and Hyundai has sold more than 600,000 Tucsons now, although the Qashqai sells more across Europe. The Qashqai even took the Tucson’s title as Ireland’s best-selling car last year — its only European top spot, after the Tucson hed that title for two years.
As the industry moves towards full electrification, Hyundai sees itself as a leader in this area. Across the Hyundai and Kia brands, there are 16 electrified cars planned by 2025.
This model is one of these. It’s a Tucson with a 183bhp 2.0-litre CRDi diesel engine, and a 16bhp, 0.44kWh 48V hybrid system easing the stress of the diesel unit for claimed fuel economy and emissions improvements of 7%. It’s been introduced as part of a subtle midlife refresh that, thankfully, doesn’t change the Tucson’s handsome styling. The plain 2.0 diesel of the pre-facelift car will no longer be offered alone, with a 1.6 diesel taking up the slack.
It’s a system that’ll make it into the Kia Sportage, as well as the Santa Fe, in the next 18 months as Hyundai and Kia move to electrify their ranges. For now, though, this unit acts as the top-spec powertrain in the Tucson, with prices starting at a little more than £32,000.