Tuned extensively here in Australia, the Hyundai Tucson is the Korean brand’s best-ever car.
Hyundai’s significant investment in engineering – poaching talent from well-regarded brands, and generously funding research and development – is paying dividends.
The Tucson name has returned and this new model slots into the chaotic medium SUV field, taking the place of its predecessor – the ix35.
The new model looks good, drives well and is still decent value to buy – three factors which have already put it in third place among this field of 14 competitors.
Only the sportier Mazda CX-5 and stalwart Toyota RAV4 stand in the Tucson’s way – and the Hyundai is, in every way, a better buy than the Toyota.
The question is really ‘should I buy a Hyundai Tucson or a Mazda CX-5?’ Well, depending on how much you’ve got to spend, the answer may well be in the Hyundai’s favour.
While it’s not a particularly sharp handler, the Hyundai has the upper hand under the bonnet. With a superb turbocharged petrol and a refined diesel available, the Tucson drives like an expensive European.
It also looks right. The Tucson is a handsome and well-proportioned little truck, particularly in the trademark blue metallic or in the deep brown option. It isn’t fussy or overdone. It feels up-to-date against the Mazda, whose design is starting to age.
Pair these virtues to a solid, comfortable interior and the Tucson starts to look like a pretty smart option for smaller families.
Key specs (as tested)
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