Korean car maker, Hyundai has just launched its latest SUV – the Tuscon. The new compact SUV will plug the gap between the Creta and the Sante Fe. The new Tuscon looks great, in fact, the previous generation Tucson was the car that heralded the fluidic sculpture design philosophy at Hyundai. Although India never got to see the previous generation of the Tuscon, the market is now more than ready for the new and improved version.
The new design is certainly sharp, contemporary and upmarket. The hexagonal grille creates a distinct identity, while the double-barrel LED headlamps and daytime running lamps make it look futuristic. It also has some muscle with its 18-inch wheels and the rear seems to be inspired from the i20.
On the Inside, the cabin also carries a sense of comfort and luxury with the black and beige interiors. The cabin quality is definitely a step up from the Creta, but, on top of that there is also soo much technology packed inside. There is an 8-inch touchscreen, which also features navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is also an electronic parking brake, with an Auto Hold function, and the boot door is powered, and it opens automatically through motion detectors as long as the key are in your pocket.
The Tuscon comes with two engine options. There is a 2.0-litre petrol engine that produces 152bhp and 192Nm of torque, and there is also a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel with an output of 182bhp and 400Nm of torque. Both engines can be mated to either a 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox. We only drove the diesel variant, which offers great acceleration and is extremely punchy in the mid-range. There is no turbo lag and the automatic gearbox makes quick shifts. The engine is also very smooth and refined. There is a Drive Mode button, which allows you to engage ‘Sport’, so that you get better throttle response. The car also handles well but the steering feels a bit rubbery and there is no change when you engage Sport mode.
The overall ride quality is very good and the car can take on any road surface you throw at it comfortably. The Tucson feels like the perfect machine in which to drive across the country, but at the same time it’s good in the city too. However there is no all-wheel drive system, which means it’s not really ideal for lots of off-road excursions. Overall, though it’s a great car and drives beautifully and looks good, and is very comfortable. It is very versatile indeed.
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