Hyundai Tucson (2015-2020) review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Tucson is a reasonably spacious crossover - ideal for growing families
Four six-footers won’t have any trouble getting comfortable in the Tucson, thanks to a roomy cabin that’s near the top of the class space-wise. Room in the boot is competitive as well; with the back seats in place, there’s 513 litres on offer.
This swells to 1,503 litres with the seats folded, which is comfortably larger than the Kadjar’s 472 and 1,478 litres. However, it’s just a shame that the rear seat backs don’t lie flat when folded, robbing the Tucson of a few extra litres of space.
Even with the Tucson’s sloping roof, there’s plenty of headroom, and all the doors open wide allowing easy access. But that sloping roof and thick rear roof pillars do have impact on rear visibility – parking sensors are a must.
The Tucson is both longer and wider than its closest rival, the Nissan Qashqai, a car which isn’t exactly short on space inside.
The larger body naturally makes for more space inside than some of the Tucson's most competitive rivals, so you certainly won't feel claustrophobic when you're behind the wheel.
Leg room, head room and passenger space
Whether you're transporting three children or three adults, there’ll be no complaints about a lack of space in the Tucson. Even behind a long-legged driver, there’s still enough space for another adult, while the shallow transmission tunnel means there’s also a good amount of legroom for those in the rear, too. However, the centre rear seat isn’t the best in the class: it’s quite narrow and firm, meaning that the Tucson isn’t the most comfortable family crossover with three passengers in the back.
The 513-litre boot in the Tucson is 83 litres larger than the Qashqai’s capacity, while with the rear seats folded flat space increases to 1,503 litres. However, these capacities are for the petrol models. Go for a diesel, and the need to fit an AdBlue tank means boot space decreases to 484 litres and 1,474 litres respectively.
If you go for the Tucson 4x4, load capacity is affected again to accommodate the additional drive and the 48-volt hybrid system beneath the rear seats. Boot space decreases to 459 litres with all five seats in place and 1,449 litres with the rear seats folded. All cars have a space-saver spare wheel under the boot floor except for the 2.0 CRDi Mild Hybrid, which has a tyre repair kit.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Hyundai Tucson comes with a long kit list, family-friendly practicality and good looks
- 2Engines, performance and driveSmooth and powerful engines are offered, but mild-hybrid tech doesn't deliver the cost savings you'd expect
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsA revised engine range means the Tucson is cheaper to run than ever, but the high-CO2 petrol models are best avoided
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Tucson offers a functional and clean exterior design, but the interior lacks flair
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe Tucson is a reasonably spacious crossover - ideal for growing families
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Tucson's excellent safety kit and a reassuring five-year warranty will give buyers peace of mind