Hyundai Tucson 1.6T 48V MHD Premium 5dr DCT

  • Automatic
  • Petrol
  • 44.8 mpg
  • 5 door suv
  • 143 g/km CO2
  • 143 g/km CO2 emissions
  • 44.8 mpg Fuel efficiency
  • 9.4 secs 0 to 62 mph
  • 160 bhp Engine power

Ten Second Review

Hyundai are aiming high with this fourth generation version of their stylish Tucson, a sharp-suited family mid-sized SUV aimed at the Qashqai-class. We're told it'll 'change the way you drive': this lightly improved version of this design certainly intends to change this Korean brand's fortunes in this sector.

Background

In an era where nearly a quarter of all European car buyers are looking at something from the SUV Crossover class, mainstream brands need to take this segment very seriously. Hyundai's doing just that with this car, the Tucson, this being the fourth generation 'NX4'-series model, hence reviewed in the updated form launched in Spring 2024, following this MK4 model's original introduction in 2020. Hyundai has been offering Crossovers in the mid-sized 'Qashqai'-class SUV 'C'-segment since the first generation 'JM'-series Tucson sold between 2004 and 2009. That contender was replaced by a far more competitive 'LM'-series model, which the brand chose to badge 'ix35' for Europe and which campaigned until the MK3 'TL'-series design made its debut in 2015, before being updated three years later. Very little was carried over from that MK3 model to this fourth generation one. Can this current, now much-improved car offer a genuine alternative to the established players in this sector? Time to find out.

Driving Experience

There are no engineering or handling changes to this lightly improved MK4 Tucson. As before, all versions of this model use some sort of 1.6 T-GDi petrol engine. In the base variant, this features in conventional form with 150PS and ordinary 6-speed manual transmission. Your dealer will urge you though, to find the small extra premium necessary to get this same 150PS engine with the brand's 48V mild hybrid tech and a 7DCT auto gearbox. Both these variants are front-driven. If you want a stronger dose of electrification in your Tucson, there are two full-fat Hybrid options, both of which comes as standard with a 6-speed DCT auto gearbox. The first is a self-charging full-Hybrid HEV variant, which is front-driven and uses that 1.6 T-GDi engine in 230PS form. Alternatively, you could go for the top Plug-in Hybrid PHEV variant, which can be had in both 2WD and 4WD forms and mates that 1.6 T-GDi engine to a 66.9kW electric motor for a total output of 265PS, yet can offer an all-electric driving range when fully charged of around 38 miles. The four-wheel drive PHEV models get a terrain control switch for optimal driving off-road, but obviously on-tarmac dynamics have been prioritised here, though as with the previous model, don't expect particularly involving handling. Customers are being offered a couple of suspension set-ups, with electronically-controlled adaptive dampers optional on high spec variants. These have two profiles, a softer setup for when the car is in its 'Normal' or 'Eco' drive modes. And a firmer one for when the 'Sport' mode is selected, which also firms up the steering.

Design and Build

The updates to this fourth generation 'NX4'-series Tucson model are uber-subtle. Look closely and you might notice the thinner, more angluar lines of the radiator grille and the revised front bumper. As before, the front end styling is dominated by the brand's 'Parametric Jewel' daytime running lights borrowed from the company's previous Vision T concept, which represented what Hyundai has called 'a design revolution'. The 'jewel-like' running lights are integrated into the sides of the 3D grille and can't be distinguished from it when switched off. As before, this MK4 model is oner of the larger mid-sized SUV segment models, at 4.5-metres long. And sits on big wheels of between 17 to 19-inches in size. Inside up-front, the changes to this facelifted model are much more noticeable. Borrowing from the cabin design theme seen in the company's latest EVs, the twin screens are now 12.3-inches in size (up from 10.25-inches before). One is for the instrument cluster; the other is for the centre stack and incorporates Hyundai's latest Bluelink telematics. The redesigned dashboard has a new horizontal crash pad design supposed to create a sense of openness. Physical heating and ventilation controls and a redesigned centre console with buttons for regularly used functions feature on the new centre console, whilst the automatic and hybrid powertrains feature a wireless charging pad housed in the centre armrest. As before, there's quite a spacious back seat - a 10mm longer wheelbase increase for the original version of this MK4 model improved that and added 26mm more legroom. And the boot offers up to 620-litres of space in front-driven models (though that falls to 558-litres in the PHEV variant).

Market and Model

The Tucson used to be a budget-orientated choice in the mid-sized family SUV segment. No longer. There are five trim levels - 'Advance', 'Premium', 'N Line', N Line S' and 'Ultimate' - and prices start at around £32,000. Most Tucsons will be sold in the £35,000-£40,000 bracket that's becoming common for electrified crossovers in the mid-sized family SUV segment. For the HEV Hybrid, prices start from just under £36,000. And for the Plug-in hybrid variant, prices start at just under £40,000 for the base 'Advance' version. With this fourth generation Tucson, Hyundai has been aiming to move slightly away from comparisons with cheaper mid-sized crossovers like Nissan Qashqais and SEAT Atecas and closer to slightly larger, slightly pricier volume brand mid-size models like Volkswagen's Tiguan and the Ford Kuga. Doing that requires not just sharper looks but a greater degree of technology - and that's certainly been prioritised here. The twin 12.3-inch interior screens are one example of that, the central infotainment monitor not only including 'Android Auto' and 'Apple CarPlay' connectivity but also Google and Apple calendar integration, along with selectable user profiles. There's also a 'last mile navigation' feature, meaning that if the driver won't be able to find a place to park actually precisely at his or her intended destination, further directions can be sent to their smartphone so that the final part of the journey can be finished on foot. Live parking and traffic information is also included, thanks to up-to-the-minute Hyundai Bluelink telematics. And of course there are up-to-the-minute driver assistance safety features, including the company's latest 'Highway Drive Assist' semi-autonomous capability. This can brake and accelerate the Tucson to keep it a pre-set distance from other motorists, using a 'Lane Follow Assist' system to keep the car in lane on major roads. There's even a 'Remote Smart Parking Assist' feature, allowing the car to be summoned from a parking spot via a button on the key.

Cost of Ownership

By offering the broadest range of electrified powertrains in the mid-sized SUV segment, this Korean brand aims to take a lead in terms of drivetrain efficiency in this class, with mild hybrid, full hybrid and plug-in hybrid tech available to customers. Let's get to the WLTP figures. The conventional version of the company's 1.6 T-GDI Smartstream engine manages 41.5mpg on the combined cycle and puts out 151g/km of CO2, but you can improve that marginally to 43.5mpg and 148g/km if you get this powerplant with the brand's 48V mild hybrid tech. The full-Hybrid model improves that showing to 50mpg and 127g/km. The PHEV version is rated at up to 201.8mpg and up to 31g/km - in 4WD form. In all its forms, this 1.6-litre powerplant has been optimised for efficiency and gets Hyundai's Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology. CVVD optimises engine performance and fuel efficiency while also being eco-friendly. The valve control technology regulates the duration of the valve opening and closing, according to driving conditions. This is the only system that can change the duration of valve opening during driving. The company's latest iMT intelligent manual transmission also helps efficiency by working purely electronically, de-coupling the engine from the transmission after the driver releases the accelerator while driving at a constant speed, allowing the car to enter into a coasting mode, which obviously improves overall fuel efficiency. And as usual with Hyundai, with all Tucsons, you get one of the best customer assurance plans in the industry. The Five Year Triple Care warranty includes five years of mechanical cover with no mileage limit, annual vehicle health checks and roadside assistance.

Summary

Hyundai is much more than just of value volume brand these days - and the improved version of this fourth generation Tucson provides ample proof of that. It's a family SUV you'd choose for its looks, secure in the knowledge that in terms of practicality, safety and connectivity, it's also cutting-edge. Engine electrification is also up-to-the-minute here. Only if you're looking for a truly involving drive might you have reason for pause for thought with the Tucson. But few customers in the mid-sized crossover sector prioritise that, so Hyundai hasn't. And it goes without saying that this car isn't intended for serious off-road expeditions. Serious family expeditions - to the shopping mall, the in-laws or Inverness - are well within its remit though. We think this car will continue to really properly establish Hyundai in this segment.

  • Hyundai road side assistance
  • Smart power tailgate
  • 2 front and 2 rear USB-C ports
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Krell premium audio system with 8 speakers and subwoofer
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/phone controls
  • Black wheel arches
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour exterior door handles
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Roof rails
  • Soft touch rear door paneling
  • 12V power outlets in front console and luggage compartment
  • Cupholders in rear armrest
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front armrest with storage box
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Illuminated/air conditioned glove compartment
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob
  • Luggage cover
  • Luggage hooks
  • Luggage net
  • Premium cloth/leather upholstery
  • Rear side window sunblind
  • Retractable load cover
  • Sunglasses holder
  • TUCSON branded metal door scuff plate
  • Trailer wiring package - Tucson
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Active bonnet
  • Airbag - Front, front side, curtain and centre front airbags
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Curtain airbag roll over sensor
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation switch
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Outer rear seatbelt height adjustment
  • Seatbelt height adjustment for front seats
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system with individual tyre pressure display - TPMS
  • Deadlocks
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote control central locking
  • Smart key with keyless entry and engine start/stop button
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 143
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 143
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 155
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 133
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1598
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75.6
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 89
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 47.9
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Badge Power: 160
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: T 48V MHD
  • Coin Series: Premium
  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 20P
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.4
  • Engine Power - BHP: 160
  • Engine Power - KW: 118
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 195
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 27
  • Engine Torque - NM: 265
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Top Speed: 119
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2
  • Alloys: True
  • Space Saver: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Height: 1650
  • Height (including roof rails): 1650
  • Length: 4510
  • Wheelbase: 2680
  • Width: 1865
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 54
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2125
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1756
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 577
  • Max. Loading Weight: 619
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1510
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1506
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11