Hyundai Tucson 2021: prices, details, pictures and on-sale date
The new Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid arrives in spring 2021; mild-hybrid and hybrid variants have been on sale since January
This is the latest Hyundai Tucson, the South Korean brand's mid-sized family SUV. It shows off a new design direction for the company and is offered with a choice of mild-hybrid, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains.
Bigger and wider than the old car, the Tucson has a long bonnet, short overhangs and a longer wheelbase, all helping to create a sportier-looking SUV. A more rakish roofline is in keeping with current trends, while the overall look focuses on sharp lines and angles, all of which form part of Hyundai's new 'Sensuous Sportiness' design language that'll be making its way onto other models in due course.
The all-new Tucson went on sale in mild-hybrid and full-hybrid guises in January 2021, with the plug-in hybrid version arriving in the spring. Prices start at £29,235 for the mild hybrid and £32,255 for the full hybrid in entry-level SE Connect trim. The plug-in hybrid is priced from £39,330 in Premium trim. Read on below for full pricing and specification details.
2021 Hyundai Tucson prices, range, specification and options
The Hyundai Tucson is available in three trim levels: SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate. The cheapest version is the non-electrified 1.6 T-GDI petrol model, at £28,495, followed closely by the mild hybrid at £29,235, but we're more interested in the full hybrid, which starts at £32,255.
For that, you get 17-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, heated folding door mirrors and body-coloured bumpers on the outside, paired with a leather steering wheel and gearknob and dual-zone air-conditioning on the inside.
Standard technology includes parking sensors and a rear-view camera, along with a comprehensive suite of active safety and driver assistance features, including lane-keeping assistance, cruise control and automatic emergency braking. All models get a pair of 10.25 screens, too.
Premium trim adds 19-inch wheels for full-hybrid cars, along with LED headlights, ambient interior lighting, heated front seats and steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, all-round parking sensors, wireless phone charging and keyless entry. A Krell sounds system also features, with eight speakers and a subwoofer. You get some more safety kit, too, including blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic assistance.
Top-of-the-range Ultimate cars also get 19-inch wheels, plus satin-chrome door mouldings, leather upholstery and power-adjustable, heated and cooled memory seats. Three-zone climate control is added, complete with rear-seat controls, plus a panoramic sunroof and a powered tailgate. Even more safety kit is added, too.
A highlight from the options list includes the Tech pack, which adds electronically controlled suspension, a 360-degree camera and a blind-spot view monitor. Hybrid models get remote parking assistance as part of this pack.
Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid details
The plug-in hybrid model is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine and an electric motor fed by a 13.8kWh battery, with four-wheel-drive offered as standard. Total system power is 261bhp, with 350Nm of torque.
CO2 emissions and fuel-economy figures have yet to be finalised; the plug-in hybrid drivetrain is offered in the top two Tucson trim levels – Premium and Ultimate – only. It's priced at £39,330 and £42,030 respectively.
The Tucson plug-in hybrid has a 7.2kW on-board charger, which is about par for the course in this segment. It'll therefore charge at the maximum speed of most home wallboxes, but not any faster than that from public rapid chargers. Charging can be controlled remotely on compatible smart-chargers using Hyundai's Blue Link phone app.
The car's batteries don't seem to have caused too much of a problem in the boot space department, with 558 litres quoted, or 1,737 litres with the seats folded down. That compares to 616 and 1,795 litres for the non-plug-in variants.
Interior and technology
Hyundai has revealed that the Tucson will sport some impressive new technology – not least within its slickly designed interior. A new 10.25-inch infotainment screen sits in the centre of the dash, while all physical buttons found on the outgoing model have been replaced with touch-sensitive equivalents. A second screen sits behind the car's steering wheel.
The uprated infotainment system, called AVN-T, features Hyundai's BlueLink connected online services, with many car features operable via a dedicated smartphone app. The system can also integrate with your Apple or Google calendar, as well as supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – both of which will also feature on the smaller eight-inch screen that'll be found on lower-spec models.
The car's interior is more luxurious than before, with soft-touch trim and a clean, modern look. A number of options are available for the leather and textile upholstery, while ergonomic armrests and ambient interior lighting also add to the high-end feel.
Practicality and safety
The Tucson is bigger than before in all directions and this is reflected inside: the hybrid version gets a 616-litre boot, expandable to 1,795 litres with the seats down. Hyundai also says that rear occupants have 26mm more legroom than before.
Hyundai claims that the Tucson now offers a best-in-class lineup of driver assistance and active safety systems. Seven airbags are fitted, including a central front airbag that stops front-seat passengers colliding with each other in an accident. Automatic emergency braking features alongside a system that applies the brakes after the airbags have deployed to mitigate against any further collisions.
Other systems on-board include lane-keep and lane-follow assistance, driver attention warning and lane-departure alert. Hyundai says that its 'Highway Driving Assist' system – essentially a one-button active cruise control system – is a first for the class. It works together with a system which can anticipate motorway corners and slow down accordingly using sat-nav data.
Other highlights from the huge list of safety kit include a 360-degree camera, remote parking assistance and advanced blind-spot monitoring that can prevent a collision by applying the brakes to keep the car in-lane.
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