Hyundai Tucson: Ten things you need to know before you buy

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Hyundai Tucson is not a very new name in India. The SUV was first introduced more than a decade back in 2004. However, considering its poor show in the domestic market, it was pulled off in the first generation itself. This could be because of the meagre demand for a compact SUV prevalent at that point in time.

But, considering the present market status for such powerful compact SUVs, the South Korean car maker has very rightly, launched the new and improved Hyundai Tucson that fits-in perfectly between the Hyundai Creta and the Hyundai Santa Fe SUV.

The Hyundai Tucson does looks a lot better on the road with looks that could kill. But there are a number of factors that need to be known if you are, in any ways, interested in the compact crossover SUV.

Hyundai Tucson: Ten things to know

Hyundai 2.0 Fluidic Sculpture: The Hyundai is based on the automaker’s 2.0 Fluidic Sculpture, which is marked by hexagonal chrome slatted grille, sweptback headlamps and sloping roofline.

Multiple Drive Modes: The Hyundai Tucson gets new Drive Mode Select on its automatic transmission variants only. There are three available drive modes, namely, Normal, Eco and Sports.

Bold Exteriors: The Hyundai Tucson has the perfectly sized aesthetics body with 4,475 mm length, 1,850 with and 1,660 height. This new Tucson is bigger than before. The exteriors give an impression of its butch appearance with bold lines and curves every here and there. The big size makes for a bigger boot and a much more spacious interiors.

Luxurious Interiors: The Interiors of the Hyundai Tucson has been added with a dual tone colour combination with black and beige on the fabric upholstery on high end variants, there is an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with satellite navigation and voice recognition system. An optional panoramic sunroof is added in top end trims.

Safety Features: The Hyundai Tucson is one of the safest bet in terms of safety features. The SUV, from the South Korean company, has ABS with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution), rear parking sensors along with rear camera as standard across all trims. Apart from these, optional features like Electronic Stability Control, side and curtain airbags, vehicle stability management, downhill brake control, brake assist and hill start assist control are also available.

Innovations of Fundamentals: The Hyundai Tucson is the first SUV from the company to be built on the new philosophy of “Innovations of Fundamentals” that primarily focuses on performance, safety, durability and great handling.

Power under the hood: The Hyundai Tucson is offered with both petrol as well as diesel engine options. The 2.0-litre VTVT petrol motor makes 153 bhp of maximum power and 192 Nm of highest torque. The 2.0-litre CRDi motor makes more power 182 bhp and 400 Nm of peak torque. The power is transmitted to two wheels a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Fuel efficiency: Hyundai does not disappoint with the overall economy fuel efficiency as well. The manual transmission of the petrol car offers 13.03 km/litre, while the automatic transmission has 12.95 km/litre. The diesel trim is much more economical with 18.42 km/litre for the manual trim, while the automatic transmission trim offers 16.38 km/litre mileage.

Mid-sized crossover: The Hyundai Tucson looks like a smaller version of the big Hyundai Santa FE. However, it is slotted above the Hyundai Creta. It can be called as a replacement to its predecessor, ix35, a mid-sized crossover.

Better than competitors: The Hyundai Tucson is directly thrown into competition with the Honda CR-V, which looks very similar to each other. But the Tucson turns out to be the better among the two considering the features offered for the price.

Another such competition for the Tucson is the premium Skoda Yeti. The Yeti does not have the loud aesthetic design as the Tucson does and has a touch of sophistication about it. But again, in terms of value for money, the Hyundai car flatters its nemesis by a margin.

The Hyundai Tucson is one of the few cars that had pulled off great popularity even before its launch. Thanks to its physical appearance, which looks utmost attractive with a wide range of styling elements. That said, the car, a compact SUV as you could call it, holds a real powerful engine up at its heart with absolutely no compromises on comfort ride quality and handling, durability and safety.

The Hyundai Tucson manual transmission trims are given the retail tag of Rs. 18.99 lakhs for petrol and Rs. 21.59 lakhs for the diesel. The automatic transmission variant is priced at Rs. 21.79 lakhs for petrol and Rs. 23.48 lakhs for the diesel car. All the figures are in exclusive form as in Delhi.