If you are looking for a compact 4WD then we recommend that you take a closer look at the Hyundai Tucson we found it a likeable, relaxed and easy to drive vehicle.
We were pleasantly surprised - everything was screwed together well and the paint finish was very good. The choice of materials worked well although some of the plastics were a bit cheap looking - in other areas it exceeded our expectations. The seats were well trimmed with leather faces, which were of a high quality.
Value For Money
The entry-level 2 Wheel Drive 2.0 GSI 5-Door Hyundai Tucson is priced at a very competitive £14,395 OTR and the comparative 4 Wheel Drive model costs £15,395 OTR. However, the top of the range 2.7 V6 CDX automatic model that we tested is priced at £19,145 and although well equipped, for that money you are in Honda CR-V and Nissan X-TRAIL, territory vehicles which will command a higher percentage of their purchase price when resold.
Having said that the Tucson is backed by Hyundai's class- leading 5-Year unlimited mileage warranty which surpasses anything else on the market. Recommended service intervals are every 10,000 miles.
Hyundai's marketing slogan 'A car first. A badge second' appeals to people who are more careful with their money and don’t have their head turned by designer labels.
If you are looking for a compact 4WD then we recommend that you take a closer look at the Hyundai Tucson we found it a likeable, relaxed and easy to drive vehicle. It may not be class leading material but it does offer a good level of standard equipment at an affordable price combined with Hyundai's class-leading five year unlimited mileage warranty. The entry-level model is definitely worth a look if you are on a budget.25 November 2005
Hyundai Tucson Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Hyundai Tucson 2.7 V6 CDX|
|Colour||Ebony Black (Solid)|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10.5 Seconds|
|Top Speed||112 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||34.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
|Warranty||5-Year unlimited mileage warranty|
6-Year anti-perforation warranty
3-Years' Hyundai RAC assistance
|Price (when tested on the 25/11/05)||£19,195 OTR|