The Hyundai Tucson faces some serious competition in the compact crossover segment, but in its latest iteration, it’s closer than ever to its rivals.
Launched earlier this year in global markets, it has a freshened up exterior, with a reworked grille and lighting units, as well as an updated cabin.
Storage spaces are sufficient, and even with a tall person sitting in the driver’s seat, rear occupants won’t struggle for space. At 488 liters (17.2 cu-ft), the boot is bigger than that of the Mazda CX-5, and its capacity can reach 1,478 lt (52.2 cu-ft) with the rear seats folded down.
All trim levels are comprehensively equipped. A 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard, although safety features such as the automatic emergency braking and lane departure alert are available only in higher trim levels.
The same goes for all-wheel drive, too, as the entry-level variant is offered solely with front-wheel drive and the 164 hp (166 PS / 122 kW) 2.0-liter GDi engine. Other engine options available in Australia are the 174 hp (176 PS / 130 kW) 1.6 T-GDi and 182 hp (185 PS / 136 kW) 2.0 CRDi, both of them with AWD.
The Tucson handles well, and the steering is light, which makes maneuvering fairly easy even if it doesn’t offer much feel.
So, can Hyundai’s compact SUV mix it with the segment’s top players such as the CX-5? Let’s watch the review below and find out.