The compact crossover of the Korean manufacturer was in need of a recast. The second generation model appeared in 2010, and although his style has not offended anybody, he was too conservative to stand out. In a segment dominated by the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4, the Tucson had to offer more than a good value. Therefore, the 2016 edition offers an attractive style to showcase other assets
Two engines are offered, including a four-cylinder 2.0-liter direct injection mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. It produces 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft, enough to fulfill daily tasks, but a bit tight for busy families.
The optional engine is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo that develops 175 horsepower and a torque of 195 lb-ft between 1500 and 4500 rev / min. This additional muscle is well appreciated, but still does not make Tucson a fast vehicle. At least, it consumes less than the basic engine. Our Tucson 2.0L Luxury AWD test, median finish of five which includes Base, Premium, and Ultimate Limited, posted an average of 9.4 l / 100 km.
On the road, the Tucson offers a comfortable ride and quiet interior, despite a suspension noise in the city. The driving modes system changes the supply and the steering assistance with the Sport and Eco modes: the first works to make it a more entertaining vehicle, while the second is sacrificing the responsiveness of the accelerator in order to save a significant amount of gasoline. Most people will probably leave it in the Normal, the default mode.
The interior of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson is well finished, whatever this is not a big step forward compared to the previous generation. The front seats of our vehicle ensured good support, and in the rear there is enough space for the legs and the head of adults.
The cargo area is not as generous as those of its rivals, but at least the wide opening hatchback and the back of rear seats folds flat for easy loading of large objects.
Heated front seats, infotainment system on the touch screen with Bluetooth connectivity and rear-view camera are still part of the standard equipment, even in the basic version. The 2.0L LUXURY AWD version adds leather, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, navigation, dual zone climate control, electric sunroof and hatchback, at a more affordable price than several competitors in equal equipment.
This is not the most spacious vehicle, the fastest or the most energy-efficient in its class, but it does its job admirably while offering a very successful style.