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Hyundai Tucson Hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort

Premium-quality materials and cutting-edge on-board technology combine to make the Tucson's interior one of the best in its class

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Interior, dashboard & comfort rating

4.5 out of 5

Price
£34,251 - £41,391
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol

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. Material quality has improved, and the Tucson’s cabin now feels like something from a ‘premium’ brand.

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.

There are a number of useful features to find, such as a real-time blind-spot display shown when you indicate and a reminder of what lighting setting you’ve just selected. With no cowl for the digital instrument cluster, the dashboard feels spacious and uncluttered.

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 five trim levels: SE Connect, N Line, N Line S, Premium and Ultimate. Prices start at just over £33,000, 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; the sporty N Lines add 19-inch alloy wheels, black exterior trim, 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 for a hefty list price.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, alongside Hyundai's own Blue Link system, which offers online services and Google or Apple calendar integration.

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