As with all competitive market sectors, pricing is close between the Tucson and its immediate rivals, although it is well equipped and feels grander and more premium inside than its badge, a brand built on affordability, would suggest.
Ditto when it comes to depreciation, with the Tucson set to retain 40% of its value after four years and 48,000 miles, a percentage point above some Japanese rivals from Toyota and Honda – which means there’s very little in it new or used.
We were fairly impressed, though, with the Tucson’s fuel consumption. This is, after all, a petrol-engined family-sized SUV that has to generate its own electric power for its hybrid (Hyundai resists Toyota’s ‘self- charging’ tag that has upset quite a lot of people) yet it returned a solid 40mpg in our hands, including a morning of performance testing. On our touring test route, we saw 48mpg, keeping up with national-speed-limit traffic on a cruise, suggesting 50mpg is to be had with even more care. Not so long ago, you’d have done well to return that from a diesel in a car of this size, weight and capability.