- Does it look good?
Excellent, in fact. You’ve seen pictures of the Tucson and it looks as good in the metal, particularly from the front where Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic 2.0’ design language is at its most aggressive. The hexagonal grille that has been enthusiastically appropriated by Hyundai is now a signature that runs across the range and it’s heavily chrome laden in the Tucson with three prominent horizontal strakes. The headlamps are aggressively stretched back and have a distinctive statement – the twin-barrel LED headlamps. Both these LEDs are the low beam while the main beam that is positioned closer to the grille is a halogen element, and in between the two are the static cornering lamps that light up the blind spot when the steering wheel is turned. The eyebrows at the top of the headlamp unit are a styling element that is also seen on the Elite i20 but these aren’t the DRLs, the LED day time running lamps are on the bottom of the bumper, below the fog lamps. That’s a lot of lighting elements on the Tucson!
The sides have the typically-SUV pumped up wheelarches with the rear ones sporting a square profile. The tyres are 18-inchers, shod with Nexen rubber, the first time we are experiencing those tyres. The rear, meanwhile, is the least inspiring angle of the Tucson and the taillamps look heavily inspired by the Elite i20’s.
- What about the interiors?
There’s a lot of space, a perfect half-way house between the Creta at one end and the Santa Fe at the other. With the black and beige colour scheme the cabin feels light and airy and there’s plenty of space to move around in. Rear seat passengers have plenty of knee and headroom, nearly as much as a Santa Fe, though the latter is appreciably wider.
Quality is also good with the top of the dash sporting soft touch plastics though the rest of the plastics are hard to touch. The 8-inch infotainment screen is familiar from the Elantra and has easy to navigate menus while also being more responsive thanks to capacitive touch. The stereo also sounds much nicer than the Elantra’s thanks to sound engineering by Arkamys.
- Any other feature I should know about?
It’s got puddle lamps and keyless entry but the neatest feature is the electric opening tail gate that detects the key in your pocket and opens the boot for you so you don’t have to struggle with bags and whatever is filling your hands. Neat.