If you want a stylish, spacious mid-size SUV that'll keep the whole family happy on a long journey, you’ve found it in the Hyundai Tucson. Practical, generously equipped and great value, the Tuscon won best car for long distances in Autotrader’s 2018 New Car Awards on the basis of a survey of 40,000 car owners.
The five seats are spacious – even passengers of six foot or more will be comfortable – and the back doors and boot open wide, with no boot lip, making access, loading and unloading easy. At 513 litres the boot is bigger than some major rivals, and the back seats split 60/40 and fold almost flat. Both the driver’s seat and steering wheel are widely adjustable to allow you to get comfortable, and the controls are easy to use. The touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto is standard across the range.
On the road, the ride is smooth thanks to the soft suspension, while visibility ahead and to the sides is good. The Tucson feels safe too – as it should, as it scored a maximum five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests in 2015. Electronic stability control, front and side airbags, seatbelt pretensioners and a bonnet which rises in a crash to help protect pedestrians from injury (the extra space underneath helps absorb the impact) were all standard at the time; automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist were added in 2018.
In its latest form, the Tucson has a top speed of up to 126mph and offers a choice of petrol and diesel engines. There's a 1.6-litre petrol with either 130bhp or 175bhp, a 1.6-litre diesel with 113bhp or 134bhp, and finally a 182bhp 2.0-litre diesel mild hybrid with stop-start technology. The smallest diesel will be the most efficient, and fuel economy should top 50mpg.
Hyundai is known for its reliability –a reputation that’s well backed up by its five-year warranty. At Carwise Group, many of our used cars for sale are less than five years old, which means your Tucson still benefits from this warranty.
Value for money is another of its major strengths, and equipment levels in the Tucson bear that out. Alloy wheels, air conditioning, automatic headlights, electric heated mirrors and a coolable glovebox are all standard across the range.
The Tuscon won't guarantee the serenity of your family journeys, but it's a very good first step. Call us at our Maidstone and Harlow dealership to book a test drive in this or another of our reliable used cars.