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Hyundai Tucson Hybrid MPG & CO2 emissions

The hybrid Tucson does reasonably well here, but for the best figures we'll have to wait for the upcoming plug-in version

Hyundai Tucson Hybrid
Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

MPG & CO2 emissions rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£31,451 - £36,351
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Fuel economy (combined)Fuel economy (high)Fuel economy (low)CO2 emissions
50mpg58-59mpg48-50127-131g/km

The Tucson is a large and spacious family SUV – a type of vehicle not traditionally associated with the very best fuel-economy and CO2 emissions figures. But its petrol-electric drivetrain is an impressive effort and it does a good job of minimising use of the engine, especially when you're driving at a steady cruise.

Those looking for the lowest possible CO2 numbers – company-car drivers, for example – would be best advised to wait until the plug-in hybrid Tucson joins the range, although if lack of access to a charging point at home or work is a problem for you, the regular hybrid version is still an efficient way to get around, particularly if you do a lot of short urban journeys.

The Tucson is not a small car. At 4.5 metres, it’s longer than a Volkswagen Tiguan and only just shy of the Toyota RAV4, an obvious rival also offered with hybrid power. But around town, you should find a figure north of 45mpg quite achievable. And in truth, this figure is only likely to take a really major hit if you go beyond fast motorway running and actually start mashing the right-hand pedal for every bit of acceleration.

Hyundai Tucson Hybrid MPG & CO2 emissions

Hyundai claims official fuel economy of circa 50mpg for the hybrid Tucson, along with CO2 emissions just above or below 130g/km, with minor variations due to wheel size or trim level. These are impressive numbers for a big, essentially petrol-engined SUV, and we found around 45mpg to be easily achievable in low-speed urban driving during our time with the car.

More impressive numbers will come with the plug-in hybrid variant, which will join the range soon and should see the official fuel-economy number break into triple figures, as well as sub-50g/km CO2 emissions for ultra-low company-car tax.

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