- Bold appearance stands out from the crowd
- Interior is upmarket and very spacious
- Wide range of hybrid engines
- Responses from the DCT automatic gearbox can be a little tardy
- Ride quality is harsh – especially with 19-inch alloy wheels
- It's really not the affordable SUV it once was
Gone are the days when the Hyundai Tucson undercut mainstream alternatives like the Skoda Karoq, Peugeot 3008 and Kia Sportage. You only need to look at the latest Tucson to realise that there's been a step change at Hyundai - the brand's family SUV is now utterly on trend and we reckon it's one of the best SUVs currently on sale. Find out why in our Hyundai Tucson review.
While the Hyundai Tucson's exterior will get tongues wagging, its interior is a little more conventional. But it still has the power to surprise owners of the previous Tucson – with its plush finishes and high-tech infotainment system. Fortunately, all this added style doesn't come at the cost of practicality. Measuring 4.5m long and 1.85m wide, it's roomy enough for a family of four or five (even the tallest of teenagers will be comfortable in the back), while Tucson's boot space is one of the biggest in the class at up to 620 litres.
There isn't really a billy-basic Hyundai Tucson. The most affordable model is the Hyundai Tucson SE Connect, which itself has pretty much everything you could possibly want. There's a 10.25-inch navigation system, an equally large digital instrument cluster and a reversing camera. The Tucson Premium trim adds bigger wheels, chrome exterior styling, ambient lighting and a premium sound system, while the sporty N Line model features 19-inch alloy wheels, part-leather seats and, on the Tucson N Line S, a premium sound system. The top-spec Ultimate is fully-loaded, with ventilated leather seats, a panoramic glass sunroof and a powered tailgate.
You can no longer buy a Hyundai Tucson with a diesel engine. Instead, there's a line-up of petrol and hybrid power – including mild-hybrid, conventional hybrid and plug-in hybrid. Essentially, the more you're willing to pay, the further the Tucson can travel on electric power. The PHEV can cover 38 miles from a charge before the petrol motor kicks in, which is ideal for those who want to cover a short commute during the week before hitting the motorway at the weekend. We've rounded up the best hybrid SUVs if you want to know more.
You won't really go wrong with any of Hyundai Tucson's engines but, if there's a black sheep in the family, it's probably the 180PS mild-hybrid petrol. This is only available with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. As such, it's pretty thirsty (our N Line test car was only getting early-30s MPG on a motorway run) and the auto gearbox is very easily flustered.
Hyundai has tried to make the Hyundai Tucson sportier than before, and it certainly remains surprisingly composed in the corners. It's not as enjoyable to fling around as a SEAT Ateca, but it's more satisfying to drive than a Skoda Karoq. That comes at the expense of ride quality, though, especially as most Tucson models come with chunky alloy wheels and rubber band tyres.
Of course, the Hyundai Tucson's shift upmarket is going to hit buyers in the wallet. The most affordable models start from around £30,000 – and that's Volvo XC40 or BMW X1 money. You do get a lot of equipment for the cash, though, and if you're not fussed about ordering a brand new car, there are lots of used examples.
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Is the Hyundai Tucson right for you?
If you need a spacious family SUV and want something that's going to turn heads, the Hyundai Tucson is a great choice. It's got a smart interior that's well kitted out, while the infotainment system is one of the best in the business. There's an engine to suit almost every buyer (although high-mileage drivers will have to look elsewhere for diesel power), and hybrid models ought to be cheap to run.
What other cars are similar to the Hyundai Tucson?
The Nissan Qashqai offers strong competition to the Hyundai Tucson, as does the ever-popular Skoda Karoq and Peugeot 3008. Other VW Group offerings include the SEAT Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan, while there's also the Kia Sportage. You should also consider the Ford Kuga, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V (especially if hybrid power appeals), while you may also wish to look at premium alternatives like the BMW X1, Volvo XC40 and Audi Q3.
The Hyundai Tucson's interior represents a vast improvement over that of its slightly drab predecessor. We like the curved dashboard, while an abundance of different materials and chrome trim means it looks (and feels) a lot classier than a Kia Sportage or even a Volkswagen Tiguan.
There's a flat centre console housing a wide range of touch-sensitive buttons. While traditionalists (us included) would prefer actual, physical controls for things like the climate control, at least you don't have to wade through endless menus to perform simple tasks with the Hyundai Tucson. It could look a bit cleaner and more minimalist, but it's all very useable. Automatic models get buttons rather than a traditional gear selector, which adds to the upmarket vibe.
The Hyundai Tucson's seating position isn't as high as some drivers will want from a family SUV, but we found it easy to get comfortable. Electric lumbar adjustment is standard across the range, but you'll need a top-spec Ultimate model for full electric height adjustment. The Ultimate even gets ventilated seats while the rest of the range (bar the SE Connect) features heated seats.
Quality and finish
If the 2024 Hyundai Tucson is serious about competing with upmarket rivals like the Volvo XC40, it has to be pretty much perfect in terms of interior quality. And it is. You won't find a flimsy finish or hard material.
A leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard across the range, while all but the entry-level SE Connect feature ambient lighting. N Line and N Line S models feature part-leather seats, while the Ultimate trim level features full leather.
Infotainment: Touchscreen, USB, nav and stereo in the Hyundai Tucson
No matter which Hyundai Tucson you buy, you'll get the same excellent 10.25-inch navigation system. It's one of the best displays on the market, we reckon, with fast responses, crisp graphics and logical menu layouts. There's DAB radio as standard, of course, as well as Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.
A 10.25-inch digital instrument display is also provided across the range – this is equally impressive, only really beaten by the Virtual Cockpit you'll find in an Audi Q3. A Krell premium sound system is standard on N Line S, Premium and Ultimate models, while a wireless phone charging pad features on all but SE Connect trim levels.
Space and practicality: Hyundai Tucson boot space
The Hyundai Tucson's boot capacity can accommodate up to 620 litres of luggage (depending on the engine – batteries eat into boot space on the more electrified models). This makes it competitive against the likes of the Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Karoq, while it's significantly bigger than a Nissan Qashqai or Peugeot 3008.
The boot's usefully wide, while a false floor means there's not much of a lip for lifting items over. If you're after an electric tailgate, you'll need to find a range-topping Ultimate trim.
Boot aside, there's plenty of room in the Tucson. It's incredibly spacious up front, with a huge amount of head and legroom. You get endless storage options, too, including a generous glovebox and very usable cupholders in the centre console.
Those in the back should be equally happy. It's more than spacious enough to carry two adults, although the Citroen C5 Aircross (with its three individual rear seats) is a better option if you need to carry more. Big rear windows mean it doesn't feel claustrophobic, and even with taller adults in the front, there's plenty of knee room.