Mid-size SUV of the Year 2021: Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson is the Auto Express 2021 Mid-size SUV of the Year with the Skoda Enyaq iV and the Nissan Qashqai commended

Hyundai is on a roll at the moment. Little more than a decade ago, the Korean brand was fighting over the scraps left by mainstream rivals, but with its new Tucson it’s taking on, and beating, all comers in the fiercely fought compact SUV sector.

So what makes the Tucson such a worthy winner in this category? For starters it looks great, with bold lines, sharp creases and distinctive LED light signatures allowing it to stand out for all the right reasons. It’s a similar story inside, where eye-catching design and high-grade materials create a truly upmarket experience, while the lengthy list of standard kit includes a wide-screen infotainment touchscreen, TFT dials and numerous advanced driver aids.

Of course, the Tucson is first and foremost a family car, which means a spacious and versatile interior that’s packed with useful storage, and a vast 620-litre boot. It’s comfortable, too, with a controlled ride and low noise levels, while the handling is accurate and composed. There’s even the option of four-wheel drive for those who want to head off the beaten track.

Finally, Tucson buyers are spoiled for choice when it comes to engines, with petrol, 48V mild hybrid, full hybrid and plug-in versions all available. And the cherry on top of the Hyundai’s tasty cake is the fact that, like all models from the brand, it’s covered by a comprehensive five-year unlimited-mileage warranty. 

Stylish and sensible, the Tucson is a compact SUV that appeals to the heart and the head.

Best deal

Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi 150PS 48 Volt MHEV SE Connect (£30,540)

Until the end of September, Tucson buyers after the 1.6 MHEV SE Connect can choose between zero per cent finance (with a minimum 30 per cent deposit) or a £2,250 deposit contribution – both on two-year deals. With a 10 per cent deposit, monthly payments for the latter come to £467.

Commended

Skoda Enyaq iV

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Skoda’s first foray into the fully electric SUV class is a big hit. Combining the Czech firm’s traditional strengths of versatility and value with zero-emissions running, the capable and composed Enyaq is a real class contender. Based on the same platform as the Volkswagen ID.4, there’s a similar range of motors and battery options, as well as a similarly impressive potential range of 300 miles.

Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai 2021

All new from the ground up, the third-generation Qashqai is one of the best yet. Bold looks give the pioneering compact crossover real showroom appeal, while its classy and spacious interior is one of the most family-friendly in the business. Grown-up driving dynamics, excellent connectivity and low running costs are further strings to its bow. Only the lack of electrified engine options counts against the Nissan.

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