Hyundai’s Tucson has been a top-contender in its market segment since the launch of the first generation in 2009.
By RUBIN VAN NIEKERK
Besides cosmetic changes a redesigned dashboard features a floating 7-inch screen for its infotainment system that offers Apple CarPlay.
A stunning new 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission works well with the lively new turbocharged 1,6-litre engine. High levels of standard features include an Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), leather seats, Blind Spot Detection for side mirrors, Cross Traffic Alert detectors at the rear, electric seat adjustment for the driver and a full auto air conditioner with climate control. It also has a massive panoramic sun roof, and keyless entry. An easily accessible extra USB port in the rear is quite handy for recharging gadgets.
Hyundai’s new in-house developed 7DCT transmission is a state-of-the-art gearbox. Compared with an automatic transmission, it enhances fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and performance while maintaining its high shifting quality.
A Vehicle Stability Management keeps the car stable on wet, slippery or rough roads, as well as Hill-start Assist Control to prevent roll-back when pulling off against an incline.
Having lived with the Tucson for a month, aspects like the build quality, lively engine and incredibly smooth gear change characteristics were highlighted. It explains why there is such brand loyalty amongst Hyundai owners. Resale values are high and Hyundai cars have been aging well since about 2002. Before then the build quality was poor and the level of improvement in that respect is incredible.
I have yet to encounter a recent model Hyundai with a rattle. Renting cars is a crucially important experience in determining how cars age and many new cars with less than 40 000 kilometres on the clock show advanced signs of aging in the rental pool.