This second generation Hyundai Tucson is the latest in a long line of crossovers to go up against the still firm favourites, and the Hyundai has to beat the class-leading Seat Ateca and Nissan Qashqai, with its existence coming about as a slightly larger replacement for the now-superseded ix35, which ironically replaced the first-gen Tucson in 2009.
Even before turning a wheel, the Hyundai Tucson has much in its favour. For example, it comes with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty. That eclipses the vast majority of its rivals, which typically feature three-year, 60,000-mile warranties.
Understanding the Hyundai Tucson USPs
There’s a sense from the outset that the Tucson has been designed to be painless to live with. From its simple push-to-open fuel filler door to the easily dropped rear seats, every aspect appears pleasingly straightforward.
Even with six core trim levels the Tucson caters well for most driver's need with its entry-level S trim, which equips the crossover with 16in alloy wheels, auto headlights and wipers, electrically adjustable and heated wing mirrors, hill start assist and trailer stability assistance as standard. Inside there is reclining rear seats, USB and Bluetooth connectivity and air conditioning.
Upgrade to SE and the Tucson gains 17in alloys, cruise control, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, parking sensors, roof rails and a full sized spare wheel, while the opting for SE Nav adds an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system complete with sat nav, speed limit notification and a reversing camera. For those after a sportier version of the SUV, there is the Sport Edition, which equips the Hyundai with 19in alloys, electrically adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, front parking sensors and tinted rear windows.