The Hyundai Tucson isn’t just a comeback, it’s much more than that. It’s one of the finest crossover SUVs in the country. And one needs to experience it, in order to appreciate the fine craft. Against conventional SUVs, it might not seem to be the most popular choice, but it’s one for the discerning buyer. A new one is on its way next year, and it won’t be a surprise if the current vehicle is available on discount. And that makes the deal all the sweeter.
The Hyundai Tucson has got its crossover SUV stance spot on. The front is all grille and no paraphernalia, while the rear is slightly hatchback-like. But it’s the side profile where it shines the most. It’s neither too upright, nor too coupe-like. Just right. The wheel arches come with an additional plastic cladding, and that further adds to the SUV looks. Having said that, the departure and approach angles aren’t exactly handsome, so serious off-roading isn’t its forte. On the bright side, its presence on the road is unbeatable. All colours look great on the Tucson, especially Star Dust and Wine Red, and the 18-inch wheels are an option worth choosing.
There’s no questioning the fit and finish, and even the feel of the Hyundai Tucson’s five-seat cabin. But sadly without now-common features like ventilated seats and sunroof, the Tucson does feel lagging behind a bit. The new one will indeed solve that, but if you were to buy the crossover SUV today, you might need to overlook these two features. Elsewhere it’s fitted with quite a few driver aids, has up to six airbags, and the Apple CarPlay-ready infotainment system is complemented by four speakers and two tweeters. Like more premium vehicles, the outside rearview mirrors are heated, while the in-cabin one even gets a nifty compass (on all variants except the base).
The Hyundai Tucson comes with a range of 2-litre engines. The petrol unit is shared with the Elantra but makes 155 PS here. The diesel, on the other hand, is the largest diesel engine by Hyundai in India and makes 185 PS and a whopping 400 Nm of torque. The latter is exceptionally useful on the highway and makes overtaking a breeze. The 6-speed manual gearbox is available only on the base trim, while the rest of the range gets a 6-speed AT. The top-spec version is also available with a 4WD version. But even in the 2WD guise, the Hyundai Tucson drives well. It stays stable during both straight-line runs and through the corners. That gives it a huge advantage over the conventional ladder-frame SUVs.
The Hyundai Tucson is available in three variants: Base, GL, and GLS. Prices for the petrol version start at Rs 18.63 lakh and go all the way up to Rs 23.6 lakh. The diesel, on the other hand,starts at Rs 20.67 lakh for the Base, while the GL is available at Rs 23.51 lakh. The 4WD-equipped Tucson Diesel GLS has priced at Rs 25.74 lakh.
The Tucson faces competition from vehicles like the VW Tiguan, and now the new Honda CR-V. Both are more expensive, and the same can be said about the Ford Endeavour and the Toyota Fortuner. The Jeep Compass, on the other hand, is priced between the Creta and the Tucson, but clashes with the latter, especially in its top-spec iterations.