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Hyundai Tucson Hybrid review: boot space, seating & practicality

There's no seven-seater version, but in all other respects the Tucson is a very practical and versatile vehicle that's ideal for family duties

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Boot space, seating & practicality rating

4.5 out of 5

Price
£35,920 - £44,630
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up/down)
4,500mm1,865mm1,651mm616/1,795 litres

This Tucson is 20mm longer, 15mm wider and 5mm taller than its predecessor, as well as having a wheelbase 10mm than before, so it's bigger than the old car, but only fractionally so. If you’re coming from a similarly sized SUV, it won’t cause you any issues – so it’s all the more impressive that the Tucson manages to be one of the most practical cars in its class.

Hyundai Tucson Hybrid interior space, storage & comfort

Four six-footers can travel in the Tucson in comfort, thanks to generous knee, leg and headroom in the back. Only a raised central floor disqualifies the car from being a true five-seater, but it’ll still be spacious enough  to go five-up for short or medium journeys. There's no scope for adding two small seats in the boot for kids – for that, you'll need to step up to the larger and more expensive Hyundai Santa Fe.

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Hyundai says there's 26mm more rear legroom in the latest Tucson compared to the old car, and the hybrid battery has been moved under the rear seats to improve the layout. The folding rear seats split 40:20:40, so two adults can sit either side of long items like fishing rods or skis, with the centre seat tipped forwards. The seats can be dropped by tugging levers just inside the boot.

Boot space

There's plenty of space in the Tucson's boot: 616 litres with all seats in place, expandable to 1,795 litres with the seats down. For reference, the similarly electrified Toyota RAV4 has a 580-litre boot, or 1,690 litres with the seats down. We’d like a few more hooks or luggage storage aids in there, but in general the space and flat floor should be able to cope with most everyday needs.

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Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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