It’s a bold move – reintroducing a compact SUV model universally panned upon release. Does the revived Tuscon deserve a pat on the back or the cold shoulder?
New Hyundai Tuscon 2015 Turbo Diesel Review
What it's Got:
On first glance, the Tuscon is a marginally larger version of the ix35, which this model replaces. Keeping with Hyundai’s New Mexican theme, it’s the smaller brother of the full-fledged SUV Santa Fe. The result is a stretched chassis and higher wheelbase. A 488L boot and spacious back section is a vast improvement on the original. In the comfortable driver’s seat, an 7” touchscreen that controls entertainment and satellite navigation crowns the console, increasing to 8” in the pricier Elite and Highlander models.
They can even plug in their iDevices or Androids with USB connectivity and 12V power outlets. The folks in the back miss out, though. The Elite and Highlander get a 2L turbocharged diesel, rustling up 136Kw and a respectable 400Nm of torque. The Elite and up also get an all-wheel drive system. Most of the interior are given soft-touch plastics or leather, upping the compact SUV’s “more bang for your buck” cred.
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Compact SUVs aren’t known for their world-rocking drive or handling. The Tuscon continues that unceremonious tradition. That’s not a drawback, though. Around corners and through straights, the Tuscon performs like it should – nothing more and nothing less. It does at least as well as other compact SUVs in its class.
The suspension over bumps and divots is by far the best, though. That’s one thing going for it. Through long country drives and city streets, noise from the outside and the engine doesn’t creep in. The entertainment functions entertain as well as it can…just don’t ask much more of it. What the turbo diesel does make light of is gunning up the torque – you can really feel a build-up of power through the throttle and the six-speeds.
The brakes, however, are a little mushy. Unfortunately the (ever popular) LED headlights are a little too bright – if Hyundai can tone them down, oncoming motorists would thank them kindly. Luckily for passengers, long trips are comfy. Hey, even the driver won’t mind skipping a rest stop or two. A consumption of 6.4L/100km allows one to do just that, too.