Round a decade in the past, Hyundai launched a compact SUV within the UK called the Tucson. Then got here the freshly designed and European constructed ix35 in 2009 which took away the Tucson name, and offered as many automobiles in its first yr as that authentic Tucson sold in its whole UK lifespan.

Now, things have come full circle, as Hyundai returns the Tucson title to its C-Segment SUV.

First Drive 2015 Hyundai Tucson Review
First Drive 2015 Hyundai Tucson Review

First Drive 2015 Hyundai Tucson Review

Within the six years between this all-new car and its namesake, the C-SUV market has develop into vastly necessary, with the ix35 shifting itself to being Hyundai’s second greatest-vendor within the UK. Which suggests nailing the product on this sector is significant for Hyundai’s future plans.

The result’s a good-looking new Tucson that may be very a lot on development, with a bluff chrome-covered nostril, sharply creased and sculpted sides, and a roofline that curves in direction of the rear. Additional options comparable to uneven wheel arches, distinctive LED daytime operating lights, and twin exhaust tailpipes, means the brand new Tucson has actual visible impression.

There’s additionally thoughtfulness within the design, such because the lower part of the tailgate being fabricated from plastic so it’s cheaper to switch within the occasion of an accident. The brand new automobile options fifty one% excessive power metal, boosting crash safety and refinement over the departing ix35.

Prices start at £18,695 for the entry-level S trim car with a 1.6-litre petrol engine, climbing to £32,345 for the highest-spec Premium SE 4WD 2.0-litre diesel with 182hp.

2015 Hyundai Tucson

The anticipated greatest-promoting 2WD 1.7-litre diesel SE Nav rolls in at £22,795, undercutting a equally geared up Nissan Qashqai by £650.

Most of our time on check was spent within the vary-topping 182hp diesel 4WD mannequin, mated to a six-pace automated gearbox. With 295lb-ft of torque it has essentially the most twist of the Tucson vary, but by no means felt really able to the claimed 9.5 seconds zero-62mph time. The engine is no less than refined, and the gearshifts clean if barely gradual.

We additionally skilled the 1.6-litre T-GDI turbocharged petrol engine, fitted with the seven-speed DCT twin-clutch transmission. With 175bhp, and a kerb weight some 80kg lower than the massive diesel, the turbo petrol feels extra able to hitting zero-62mph within the 9.1 seconds. It’s no GTI, however presents first rate cross-nation progress.

Automatic versions do function a Sport mode, though this appeared to make little distinction to general driving past encouraging the gearbox to cling onto a gear for barely longer.

2015 Hyundai Tucson Exterior
2015 Hyundai Tucson Exterior

Journey high quality is usually good, and while the larger 19-inch wheels fitted to prime-spec automobiles do make you conscious of bumps and potholes within the street, the Tucson does a powerful job of isolating you from them.

Body control can be spectacular – there’s no sense of the Tucson being a wallowing SUV – with a crisp flip-in to corners. Steering really feel is missing, however Hyundai is hardly pitching the Tucson as sports activities automobile, and it doesn’t detract from the flexibility to position the car precisely on twisty roads. Braking is robust and progressive, with out being overly aggressive in preliminary chunk.

Hyundai’s launch route included using gravelled forestry tracks to exhibit the Tucson’s SUV credentials. Whereas most consumers won’t ever enterprise additional off-highway than parking on a kerb, the Tucson does provide some skill away from tarmac.

2015 Hyundai Tucson Exterior

In 4WD models 100% of the torque is shipped to the entrance wheels till they lose traction, after which as much as 50% might be despatched to the rear axle. There’s additionally the choice to lock the torque cut up at 50/50 at speeds under 25mph. On the unfastened gravel surfaces the Tucson maintained the identical assured composure as on tarmac, with the 4WD system subtly transferring torque to maintain issues shifting.

2015 Hyundai Tucson Interior

While the previous ix35 was by no means praised for its interior, Hyundai has made a leap ahead with the brand new Tucson. Every little thing is ready out clearly and logically, with most features managed by way of the eight-inch touchscreen.

Whereas it’s an apparent enchancment in high quality, with the Tucson protecting such a large value vary, what feels acceptable at £18,000 may not be so nicely obtained at £32,000. Hyundai is focusing on BMW and Audi clients with the premium Tucson fashions and while the inside definitely doesn’t really feel low cost, some patrons would possibly view it as a compromise.

2015 Hyundai Tucson Interior
2015 Hyundai Tucson Interior

Nevertheless, the payoff is a normal specification way more substantial than the equal German-model automobile. DAB radio is commonplace throughout the vary, together with USB / AUX inputs, Bluetooth connectivity and air-con. Transferring up the vary, SE grade provides rear parking sensors, local weather management, heated entrance seats, and cruise management over the usual ‘S’ specification.

Premium adds extra toys in the form of auto wipers and lights, privateness glass, leather-based seats and a blind spot warning system. SE Nav, unsurprisingly, provides satellite navigation that options TomTom Stay updates, but in addition features a helpful reversing camera.

Go all out on the Premium SE model, and also you’ll profit from ventilated entrance seats, an enormous panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, heated steering wheel, and an electronically assisted tailgate. This flagship trim stage could also be expensive, however there’s nearly nothing further you might ask for when it comes to expertise.

2015 Hyundai Tucson Interior

Interior room is respectable and boot area is above common for the class, with 513 litres with the seats up, increasing to 1,503 litres when the seats are folded. A full-dimension spare tyre reduces issues by 25 litres however we will attest that it’s value having, after choosing up a puncture from a gravelled forestry highway.

2015 Hyundai Tucson Price

The anticipated greatest-selling 2WD 1.7-litre CRDi diesel engine features an official mixed fuel economy of 61.7mpg, and 119 g/km of CO2.

Relying on the gearbox, drivetrain and horsepower flavour chosen, the 2.0-litre diesel will formally return between 43.5 and 58.9mpg. For reference, we skilled the 185hp model with 4WD and 6-velocity automated gearbox, seeing a median of 36mpg.

On the different finish of the dimensions, the 1.6-litre T-GDI turbo petrol with DCT gearbox and 4WD system maintained a gentle 28mpg when examined, in comparison with a claimed 37.7mpg official mixed determine. CO2 emissions are excessive at 175g/km, with the accompanying VED penalty.

2015 Hyundai Tucson Price
2015 Hyundai Tucson Price

The 2WD – and manual gearbox only – naturally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine affords up a 44.8mpg common.

Hyundai is pleased with the anticipated residual values, that are set to supply a 9 – 15% enchancment over the outgoing ix35, depending on trim degree. After three years/60,000 miles patrons ought to see their Tucson holding 42% of its authentic worth. It’s ought to assist Hyundai provide enticing PCP offers to entice clients in, together with the standard 5-yr/unlimited mileage guarantee.

Verdict: 2015 Hyundai Tucson

The all-new Tucson is a totally competent C-phase SUV, and one which makes a robust case for itself within the UK. Whereas there is no such thing as a one explicit stand out characteristic, the Tucson manages to do plenty of issues nicely to supply an efficient total bundle.

Up in opposition to opponents such because the Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-5 and Ford Kuga the Tucson is an actual contender and one to not be ignored by potential patrons. Taking over the likes of Audi and BMW on the prime of the Tucson vary is one other battle, and one the place prospects might have extra persuading to avert their badge snobbery.

However, in a lot the identical approach Aldi and Lidl have quietly taken the battle to established supermarkets by providing the squeezed center-lessons higher worth for cash, there’s no motive why Hyundai can not do the identical with the Tucson within the SUV market.

Specification: 2015 Hyundai Tucson

Engines: 1.6, 1.6 turbo four-cylinder petrol; 1.7 and 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel

Gearbox: Six-velocity handbook and 6/seven speed automatic; 2WD or 4WD

Prices from: £18,695

Power: 114hp – 182hp

Torque: 119 – 295lb ft

0-62mph: 9.1 – 13.7 seconds

Top speed: 109 – 125mph

Gasoline economy: 37.2 – 61.7mpg

CO2 emissions: 119 – 177g/km