Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hyundai's Offering for the Modern Age; Hyundai Is Aiming High with the Stylish Tucson, a Sharp-Suited Family Crossover Aimed at the Nissan Qashqai. JONATHAN CROUCH Checks It Out

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hyundai's Offering for the Modern Age; Hyundai Is Aiming High with the Stylish Tucson, a Sharp-Suited Family Crossover Aimed at the Nissan Qashqai. JONATHAN CROUCH Checks It Out

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Byline: JONATHAN CROUCH

UNTIL the arrival of this Tucson model, Hyundai's idea of a Qashqaistyle family crossover model was encapsulated by its ix35.

That car sold quite well but somehow never quite captured the imagination of the buying public. The Tucson, though, is a leaner, meaner-looking contender that might well catapult the Korean brand into credible contention in this important growing segment.

People have come to expect a lot when it comes to driving crossover cars. Although they want a lofty perch, they also want to feel like they could be driving a hatchback. The Tucson delivers exactly this blend of virtues, hence its very road-biased suspension set-up - and the overwhelming emphasis on two-wheel-drive models across the range.

People have come to expect a lot when it comes to driving Crossover cars. Although they want a lofty perch, they also want to feel like they could be driving a hatchback. The Tucson delivers exactly this blend of virtues, hence its very road-biased suspension setup - and the overwhelming emphasis on two-wheel-drive models across the range.

Most bases seem to be covered when it comes to engines, with a good selection of both petrols and diesels. At the lower end of the range, there's a choice of a 132PS 1.6 GDi petrol - or a 116PS CRDi 1.7 diesel that's uprated to 141PS if you order it with 7DCT auto transmission. Move a little higher and you can upgrade to a turbocharged 1.6 GDi petrol unit with 177PS. Diesel drivers in search of extra towing capacity and long-distance pulling power will find a 2.0-litre CRDi unit offered with either 136PS or 185PS. If you want 4WD, then you'll need the turbo petrol or one of the 2.0-litre diesels.

That 4WD system is fine for slippery surfaces but don't expect a great deal of mud-plugging ability. As usual with Hyundai models, there's the option of varying the feel of the steering feedback, via different modes.

On to design. It's in this area that Hyundai has arguably made the biggest step forward. …

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