Hyundai Tucson review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

Efficient hybrid technology dominates the Hyundai Tucson lineup, while low insurance costs and strong residuals are a real bonus

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

MPG, CO2 and running costs Rating

4.3 out of 5

  • Hybrid power
  • Great on-board tech
  • Premium feel
  • Expensive plug-in hybrid model
  • Engine thrashy at higher revs
  • Not especially fun to drive

No matter how well the Tucson drives, how comfortable it is to sit in or how much equipment is crammed on-board, if it simply costs too much to run then it won’t make it onto customer shortlists. 

Hyundai seems to have thought this one through, however, with most of the Tucson range featuring either mild-, full- or plug-in hybrid tech to help with reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The cheapest Tucson to buy is the 148bhp 1.6 TGDi petrol-only model in SE Connect trim. It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard and manages a respectable 41.5mpg on the combined cycle, while CO2 emissions are 151g/km - almost identical figures to a similarly-specced Volkswagen Tiguan in Life trim.

If you opt for a Tucson with a mild-hybrid set-up, then you have a choice of either the Intelligent Manual transmission (IMT) or a dual-clutch system, although the latter offers the marginally better economy at 43.5mpg. CO2 emissions are 144g/km.

The 227bhp full-hybrid improves on these figures significantly, approaching an average of almost 50mpg and emitting 127g/km of CO2. Hyundai has yet to publish economy data for the Tucson plug-in hybrid, but with a claimed all-electric range of up to 31 miles, it should be the best model to choose for overall efficiency.


Insurance premiums start from group 12 for the entry-level 148bhp Tucson version in SE Connect trim, which is competitive when compared to the base Volkswagen Tiguan in group 15.

The 178bhp mild-hybrid variant in the top Ultimate specification sits in group 19, while the 227bhp full-hybrid with the same equipment line is only in group 20.


Early data suggests that the Tucson should hold onto around 49% of its original list price after an average three-years/36,000-miles of ownership. Again, this is a strong performance when compared to the premium Lexus NX which is only a further 1% ahead.

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