From £23,1758
Price, fuel economy, range and depreciation

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.

Hyundai is the cheaper than both the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, but after four years will be worth 40% of its original value (its two rivals 39%).

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.

What Car? New car buyer marketplace - Hyundai Tucson