Despite being a relatively fresh model, Hyundai decided to update the Tucson for the MY2017 in some key areas.
These updates include the availability of a 315-watt premium audio system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on Limited models and the addition of console-mounted rear a/c vents on Eco and Sport models.
Hyundai has also upgraded the quality inside, with the door panels now featuring more premium materials that extend to the instrument panel while a stitched soft-touch pad is now positioned near the driver’s right knee for better comfort during long commutes or spirited driving. Every touch point is trimmed with soft-touch materials as well with Hyundai also updating the switchgear to offer “a more refined feel during operation”.
The wide range of available safety features includes a Lane Departure Warning system, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Backup Warning Sensors and Automatic Emergency Braking.
The engine range remains unchanged, meaning entry-level models are powered by a 164hp 2.0-litre petrol coupled with a six-speed automatic that offers 26mpg combined fuel economy in the FWD models.
Eco, Sport and Limited models are offered with the turbocharged 175hp 1.6-litre petrol engine paired to the company’s dual-clutch transmission which offers a combined 28mpg on Eco FWD versions and 27mpg on Sport and Limited FWD ones. Each engine option is also available with all-wheel drive as well.
Hyundai has also improved the NVH levels (Noise, Vibration & Harshness) by installing larger engine mounts, new rear cross-members with a bushing-mount design, extra sound deadening on inner fenders, underbody, instrument panel, transmission tunnel and cabin pillars. A better drag coefficient was also achieved courtesy of a special design update on the A-pillars, rear spoiler and underbody panels.
Pricing kicks off at $22,700 MSRP for the FWD Tucson SE model and reaches all the way up to $31,175 for the AWD Tucson Limited.