Hyundai Tucson review - Interior, design and technology

Cabin quality for the Tucson is a huge step forward and a match for some premium SUVs

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

4.1 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

Manufacturers across the board are raising their game when it comes to interior design and levels of on-board tech. The Tucson is no exception and the latest model feels truly premium, with plastics and material finishes pretty much on a par with Volkswagen and Audi products.

One possible criticism is that Hyundai might have made more use of colour in the cabin, but there are strips of fabric across the dash which break up the swathes of black and grey, particularly in the front.

Once sat in the driver’s seat you’re faced with a smart 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a clean, simple layout with only a few physical buttons and switches.

Standard equipment is generous with the SE Connect trim including 17-inch alloy wheels,  dual-zone climate control, cruise control, a rear-view camera, heated and folding door mirrors and the usual Bluetooth and DAB audio set-up.

Mid-spec Premium adds adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, front parking sensors, an upgraded audio system and a wireless mobile phone charging pad, along with extra active safety features such as a Blind Spot Collision Warning. If you can make do without the glass sunroof and electric tailgate included with the top Ultimate trim, then this might be the most sensible choice.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The Tucson features a cutting-edge infotainment system, with a 10.25-inch digital dashboard that is clear and easy to read and a main screen with graphics that are just as good. There are plenty of features, too, including built-in nav (which works well), along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto if you would prefer to link up your smartphone. 

The beauty of the tech is that no matter what system you use, the Hyundai’s screen is superbly responsive, and with so much screen area there are plenty of functions to display.

We like that the climate controls are separate to the main screen, and the Krell upgraded stereo, available with the Premium and Ultimate trim, is a feature worth considering. 

Hyundai’s Bluelink connected services come as standard with a five-year subscription. It’s good to see Hyundai investing in this area, as it’s undoubtedly the way infotainment will progress over the coming years.

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