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2016 Hyundai Tucson review, road test

Hyundai focuses on style, refinement and comfort for its third-generation Tucson.

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A crucial gap in Hyundai’s vast model range, between the hugely popular Creta and the flagship Santa Fe, was plugged with the launch of the Tucson. It also marked the return of the model to India after a gap of six years. Back in 2005, Hyundai introduced the first-generation Tucson, but it failed to find success, despite being the only diesel soft-roader around. Probably smarting from that failure, Hyundai didn’t bring in the second-generation model. Back then, the Tucson was costlier than the CR-V, and the Hyundai badge didn’t carry the same weight as a Honda. However, times have changed now, and how. The Hyundai brand is stronger than it’s ever been and SUVs are all the rage in our market. Also, with the success of the Creta, Hyundai is seen as a credible SUV manufacturer. So, there couldn’t have been a better time to bring back the Tucson. But will Hyundai’s mid-size premium SUV get traction this time around? 

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Dashboard looks neat and
smart but feels familiar to the smaller Creta. Buttons operate with a quality damped feel.
Driver’s seat large and comfortable; gets 10-way power-adjustable function.
Excellent head and legroom but restricted view outside with high window line.
The large 513-litre boot can be expanded via 60:40 split rear seatback.
No space-saver but full-size spare mounted on the same alloy wheel.
Powered tailgate on GLS variant. Opening height can be controlled.
The now familiar large hexagonal grille dominates the Tucson’s front.
Bumper line stylistically splits the fog lamp and the LED DRL.
Stylish 18-inch rims; low profile 55 tyres not suited for off-road use.
Tapering window line, sharp upward kink takes cues from the Santa Fe.
Two power sockets and one USB port. We think the other way around would have been better.
Eco, Sport and Normal drive mode selector on automatic cars only.
More feel-good than useful, inside rear view
mirror has digital display for compass heading.
Rear air-con vents have no temp or blower controls. There are no charge points either.
Glovebox is decently sized and has interior illumination and cooling via a small AC vent.
The 2.0-litre petrol same as in the Elantra but doesn’t feel as lively.
We’ve exclusively driven the third-gen Maruti Swift, compared the Dzire with all its compact sedan rivals, and tested the all-new Volvo XC60. That and lots more in the July 2017 issue!
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