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
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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.
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.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Hyundai Tucson Hybrid is a stylish, well built and practical hybrid family SUV that's up there with the best contenders in its class
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsThe hybrid Tucson does reasonably well here, but for the best figures (and lowest company-car tax) you're better off with the plug-in version
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe cheapest Tucson to run is the plug-in hybrid, but the hybrid is pretty affordable to keep on the road, too
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Tucson's hybrid drivetrain works well and the SUV is a satisfying and capable performer in town, country or on the motorway
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortPremium-quality materials and cutting-edge on-board technology combine to make the Tucson's interior one of the best in its class
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingThere'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
- 7Reliability & safety ratingA top crash-safety rating and Hyundai's strong record for reliability and customer service should inspire confidence in Tucson owners