Hyundai Tucson Hybrid review
The Hyundai Tucson Hybrid is a stylish, well built and practical hybrid family SUV that's up there with the best contenders in its class
- Striking looks
- Great to drive
- Impressive build quality
- Not the most fun-to-drive SUV
- Plug-in version will be more efficient
- More expensive then previous models
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The Hyundai Tucson looks like it could be a concept car on a motor-show stand, but it’s not just the dramatic styling that helps it to stand out. The Tucson has plenty of great qualities that mean it’s worth considering - though it does have plenty of strong rivals including the Vauxhall Grandland, Peugeot 3008, Kia Niro, Ford Kuga and Toyota RAV4.
There are even more rivals to consider, though; hybrid SUVs are very much the trend right now, so there’s also the Honda CR-V and Citroen C5 Aircross. And the Hyundai’s high-quality interior means even the likes of the Lexus NX, Audi Q3 and Volkswagen Tiguan can be considered as rivals
The Tucson’s look has an almost sci-fi feel to it, thanks to the rows of LED projector lights and the sharp bodywork styling. Hyundai’s cars were once dull and bland, but these days they’re anything but, at least when it comes to design. The Tucson itself has become a very distinctive car despite previous models being very ordinary.
There are normal petrol and mild hybrid options, but here we’re looking at the full hybrid version, which uses a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and a small (1.49kWh) battery. The combined output of these is 227bhp, using a six-speed automatic gearbox. There are front and four-wheel drive models available.
There’s also a plug-in hybrid, which could present the option for even lower running costs if you have somewhere to charge it overnight. If not, this hybrid model is the best option for low running costs, since it returns around 50mpg and emits 131g/km of CO2.
The Tucson is a great all-rounder. It’s comfortable and composed, and while it’s not as much fun as a Ford Kuga on a twisty road, it’s decent to drive as well. It has a high-quality interior that feels upmarket and well-built, plus its hybrid powertrain works very well – it’s efficient and switches seamlessly between electric and engine power while on the move.
Overall, the latest Tucson is one of the finest mid-sized SUVs on the market. There’s a powertrain to suit all needs (apart from a pure-electric option) and every important aspect has been carefully considered and well executed – including some genuine showroom appeal. Throw in Hyundai's excellent warranty and strong reliability record and things start to look even more promising for the South Korean brand's latest effort. For a more detailed look at the latest Tucson, read on for the rest of our in-depth review...
In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingThe Hyundai Tucson Hybrid is a stylish, well built and practical hybrid family SUV that's up there with the best contenders in its class
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsThe hybrid Tucson does reasonably well here, but for the best figures we'll have to wait for the upcoming plug-in version
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe cheapest Tucson to run will be the forthcoming plug-in hybrid, but for now the hybrid is pretty affordable to keep on the road
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Tucson's hybrid drivetrain works well and the SUV is a satisfying and capable performer in town, country or on the motorway
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortPremium-quality materials and cutting-edge on-board technology combine to make the Hyundai Tucson interior one of the best in its class
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThere's no seven-seater version, but in all other respects the Tucson is a very practical and versatile vehicle, ideal for family duties
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThere's limited independent data on these areas so far, but Hyundai's reputation is good in both respects, so the Tucson should be a good choice