On smooth and well-maintained but undulating roads the Tucson feels nicely tied down, while speed humps are dealt with without too much body bounce. That said, the firm set-up struggles on rougher surfaces and can be quite uncomfortable over expansion joints at higher speeds.
Access and ride height are very good, meaning you're able to slide seamlessly through the large door aperture and into the driver’s seat. Getting comfortable is easy with seat height adjustment and an adjustable reach and rake steering wheel. There’s plenty of room for six footers and visibility is excellent all round, aided by a reversing camera and parking sensors.
Three adults can sit more comfortably in the rear than is possible in most small crossovers, thanks to a low transmission tunnel and good head, leg and shoulder room, although two adults will be happier in the back on a long journey. The boot has a square opening and its floor is level with a low loading lip. With the back seats folded down, though, the extended load bay floor isn’t quite flat.
High-quality cabin materials have been strategically used to give a more upmarket feel in the areas you come into contact with. However, the top of the dash comes in a harder plastic and spills too far down the facia, undermining the effort taken. The controls are easy to use and well damped, though.
Standard equipment levels are generous, with automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth connectivity, USB connections and a five-year unlimited-mileage warranty. SE Nav adds 17in alloy wheels, an 8in colour touchscreen sat-nav, DAB radio, heated front seats, lumbar support, dual-zone climate control and cruise control.
Safety equipment includes a full-size spare wheel, six airbags and electronic stability control. The Tucson has yet to receive its Euro NCAP rating.