If you don’t fancy a 4x4, then how about a 2xTucson? Hyundai has revised the Tucson line up for 2009, including an all-new two-wheel drive model priced at a level that would normally only buy you a compact family hatchback.
Starting at just £14,695, including Hyundai’s standard five-year unlimited mileage warranty, the new line-up puts SUV style within the reach of customers who would normally be shopping for something far less practical and stylish. Yet despite the affordable price tag, there’s no skimping on equipment.
The entry-level Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Comfort model comes with an impressive level of standard kit, including air conditioning, auxiliary and USB audio connections, privacy glass, body-coloured bumpers and trim, electric windows all-round, front fog lights, roof rails, dual front and side airbags and smart 16-inch alloy wheels.
Powered by a 139bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine, it offers an affordable combined fuel economy figure of 35.3mpg. Coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox, it accelerates from 0-60mph in 10.4 seconds, with a top speed of 112mph.
For those who favour diesel power, the two-wheel drive layout is also available with a 148bhp CRDi engine, with a choice of six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions. Combined fuel economy is 40.4mpg, with CO2 emissions of 184g/km.
The manual model is also offered in ‘Style’ trim at £16,695, and adds even more standard equipment, including climate control, a trip computer, leather steering wheel and gearknob, cruise control, heated seats and door mirrors, reverse parking sensors, a self-dimming rear view mirror and metal grain dashboard trim.
The automatic model is available in range-topping ‘Premium’ trim at £18,695, and adds full leather trim, ESP and traction control, automatic headlights, a sunroof and electric folding door mirrors, along with a unique alloy wheel design.
The new 2009 model year Tucsons can be distinguished by some distinctive visual changes, such as a new-look radiator grille, a new rear number plate surround and modified instrument cluster on all models.
Four-wheel drive Tucsons also remain available, priced at £17,695 for the Style model and £18,695 for the Premium, both with six-speed manual gearboxes.Published 29 July 2008