Hyundai Tucson Hybrid interior & comfort
Premium-quality materials and cutting-edge on-board technology combine to make the Hyundai Tucson interior one of the best in its class
Hyundai didn't just spend all its time making the latest Tucson look great from the outside; there's a major improvement over the previous model inside, too. That car was functional but pretty plasticky from the driver's seat, and although this Tucson is still quite grey it feels very up-to-date, with a clean layout that's light on switches.
Hyundai Tucson Hybrid dashboard
The dashboard is designed to reflect the look of the Tucson's front end and does so to great effect; piano-black trim, good-quality materials, ambient lighting and a pair of 10.25-inch screens all contribute to a plush and modern feeling.
The heating and ventilation controls get their own dedicated area rather than being buried in a screen menu, while those large screens have excellent resolution, rich colours and deep blacks. It all feels very well integrated, and while there isn't much in the way of colour variety, there is at least a nice mix of finishes: piano-black panels, chrome strips, nice fabric and pleasingly squishy plastics. It's the equal of anything you'd find in an equivalent Audi or Volkswagen, which represents a real step up for Hyundai.
Equipment, options & accessories
The Tucson is available in three trim levels: SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate. Prices start at just over £32,000, with 17-inch alloys, dual-zone air-conditioning, heated folding door mirrors and a leather steering wheel amongst the standard equipment, plus parking sensors, a rear-view camera and a suite of active safety and driver assistance features, such as cruise control.
Equipment increases gradually with each step up; Premium models seem to offer a good balance of cost versus kit, with added LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, wireless phone charging, 19-inch alloy wheels, a premium sound system and ambient lighting on the kit list.
Top-spec cars get the appropriate designation of 'Ultimate' and sport luxuries such as leather upholstery three-zone climate control, heated rear seats, a powered tailgate, a panoramic sunroof and even more safety equipment – but at a hefty list price.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
In This Review
- 1VerdictA strong look, great build quality and lots of equipment make the latest Hyundai Tucson Hybrid a real contender in the family SUV 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 costsThe cheapest Tucson to run will be the forthcoming plug-in hybrid, but for now the hybrid is pretty affordable to keep on the road
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Tucson's hybrid drivetrain works well and the SUV is a satisfying and capable performer in town, country or on the motorway
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingPremium-quality materials and cutting-edge on-board technology combine to make the Hyundai Tucson interior one of the best in its class
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThere's no seven-seater version, but in all other respects the Tucson is a very practical and versatile vehicle, ideal for family duties
- 7Reliability & safetyThere'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