HYUNDAI TUCSON REVIEWS | 2015 – 2019 MODEL
Read and compare reviews on the Hyundai Tucson 2015 – 2019 Model from top New Zealand automotive journalists on trusted websites.
Hyundai Tucson 2019 Car Review
SOURCE: AA | YEAR: 2019 | WORDS AND PHOTOS: AA
Hyundai’s Tucson SUV has had a revamp, including a new front grille, updated headlights and fresh alloy wheels for looks more reminiscent of the Santa Fe, plus a bit more kit for no extra money over the outgoing version.
The line-up now includes three specification levels, three engines, and three transmission choices, with 2WD or 4WD depending on the model you choose – and the depth of your wallet, for 24K separates the entry car from the top-spec 2.0 CRDI Limited we tested.
This 2.0-litre turbo-diesel delivers 136kW and 400Nm of torque, enough to give you nothing to complain about round town, or while cruising. However this model tips the scales at 1800kg, and even in sport you can’t expect brisk acceleration. The variable geometry turbo cuts lag, but the gearbox seems to take a too-relaxed approach even with one’s foot down, and we resorted to flicking down a gear manually to get the response we were after.
The weight payoff comes with a ‘never mind the heft, feel the size’ ethos which delivers plenty of cabin space and leg room for passengers, enough headroom despite a standard sun roof, plus the 488 litres of boot. Fold the second row of seats and you get a flat load floor.
2019 HYUNDAI TUCSON II CRDI – TUCSON II GO
SOURCE: AUTOCAR | YEAR: 2019 | WORDS: PETER LOUISSON
For its midlife upgrade, Tucson, now with the Series II suffix, adds some new styling features either side of the glasshouse, along with an update to safety, and with some extra tech on board.
Well the Tucson Series II gets all the improvements we’re about to mention at no extra cost over its forebear. And the top Limited models really are chocker with gear, down to ventilated seats and glove compartment, smart key and Qi phone charging, heated wheel and mirrors, Infinity sound system with separate subwoofer, power operated seats and tailgate, surround view camera, and full LED lighting.
Oh and there’s on-demand AWD with hill descent control. Plus a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
The spec list is expanded further with safety items like active cruise with stop and go, lane keeping, blind spot monitoring with RCTA, and driver fatigue warning. For those wondering, there are actually three different spec levels and three separate powertrains for Tucson II. Seeing as we’re counting there are three different transmissions too.
But it’s the two-litre turbodiesel we got to drive. The oiler outputs 136kW and offers 400Nm from 1750rpm so it’s a bit of a grunter, working effectively in Normal mode round town, and clearly boosted in Sport mode for rural running.
Camping with the Hyundai Tucson
SOURCE: DRIVEN | YEAR: 2017 | WORDS AND PHOTOS: CAMERON OFFICER
The summer camping ritual brings with it plenty of gear. But it’s all manageable when you have a worthy packhorse like the Hyundai Tucson at your disposal.
When summer finally remembers to turn up (more often than not, once everyone is back at work these days), it remains a magical season. And for many, a spot of camping beside the sea is an essential component of the warmest months; something that planning for begins back in about September.
Camping appeals to gearheads in a particular way. In my experience, it’s not uncommon to angst over a necessity or a way in which to set up the campsite for maximum efficiency, only to walk past a fellow camper’s impressive set-up half an hour after arriving and perform the slow shake of the head that denotes “I wish I’d thought of that”.
More than gas cookers, shelters and air mattresses, the vehicle you elect to take camping will have a big impact on two vital parts of the process; getting everything to your campground of choice and getting everything home again.
If you’re taking a boat or hauling a caravan (cheat!), your decision will revolve primarily around pulling power.