Hyundai Tucson review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

A decent boot, plenty of room for passengers and useful practical touches means the Hyundai Tucson should fit seamlessly into family life

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

4.2 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

Passengers won’t be disappointed with the amount of interior space on offer in the Tucson, while the driver’s seat has plenty of adjustment, as does the steering wheel, for rake and reach.

Hyundai has added a lot of features, even to entry-level cars, to make the Tucson a truly versatile family SUV. The rear seats fold in a 40:20:40 configuration, while there are front and rear armrests with cupholders and extra storage for assorted oddments. You’ll also find useful USB ports front and back, along with standard parking sensors and a rearview camera.

If you want to pay for it, you can also have luxuries such as an electrically-operated tailgate, three-zone climate control and heated and ventilated seats to make longer journeys that bit more comfortable.

Size

The Tucson measures 4,500mm in length, 1,865mm wide (excluding door mirrors) and has a maximum height of 1,651mm. As a comparison, the Volkswagen Tiguan is ever so slightly longer at 4,509mm, although the Tucson is 26mm wider.

Leg room, head room and passenger space

Although the latest Tucson only has a marginal increase in wheelbase over the previous model, Hyundai has been clever with the car’s packaging to ensure that the cabin can easily accommodate four six-footers, with plenty of knee, leg and headroom. There is space for a third rear passenger, but the raised central floor prevents them finding a truly comfortable position.

Boot

The Tucson’s maximum boot capacity is a family-friendly 620 litres, which is around 35 litres more than you’ll find in a Toyota RAV4. We think a few more hooks and individual storage compartments would be helpful, but overall the space and flat floor should be fine for most day-to-day needs. It’s worth remembering that the plug-in hybrid version has a reduced load space of 558 litres.

Towing

All Tucson models have a maximum braked towing weight of 1,650kg, which is the same as the best Toyota RAV4 model, but not as good as the maximum 2,500kg the Volkswagen Tiguan is capable of.

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