Hyundai Tucson vs Renault Kadjar
Can Hyundai’s new Tucson knock classy Renault off top spot in crossover class?
Over the years, Hyundai has evolved from being a worthy budget brand to one that makes a number of front-running cars in their classes. The likes of the i10, i30 and Santa Fe have pushed sales to new levels, and the firm’s five-year warranty is a great buying incentive.
To find out, we’ve lined it up against another recent newcomer that’s made a big impact in the class – the Renault Kadjar. The new model has the measure of the related Nissan Qashqai, and its combination of value, quality and practicality means it’s a tough rival for the Tucson to take on.
Head to head
The Kadjar has a bigger boot, at 527 litres, compared to the Tucson’s 488-litre capacity. Yet while the Renault features a false floor with added storage underneath, the Hyundai comes with a full-size spare wheel. For some buyers that will be enough to justify the smaller boot, although Renault does offer a space-saver spare for £95.
These cars aren’t really designed for off-road use, but higher-spec versions are available with 4WD. Intriguingly, the front-wheel-drive Tucson still features hill descent control. Simply press a button next to the gearlever, and the electronics limit the car’s speed on steep slopes.
The standard Kadjar 1.5 dCi has the Tucson beaten for emissions, but company car buyers can cut their Benefit in Kind bills further by specifying 17-inch wheels. Not only does this reduce emissions to 99g/km, it gives the Kadjar a comfier ride.
1st place: Renault Kadjar
It’s two out of two for the Kadjar, as it sees off the Tucson. Renault really has found its feet in the crossover class, and this car offers more space and a smarter cabin layout. It’s well built and drives reasonably well, while lower running costs make up for the diesel’s slightly poorer performance. The standard car rides well, but the 17-inch wheels are a no-brainer for company car users.
2nd place: Hyundai Tucson
The Tucson brings the Santa Fe’s family face to the compact crossover class, but, apart from that, it’s much like the old ix35. That’s no bad thing, as it’s well built and has decent kit, but in a class where the competition is so intense, it’s treading water rather than making an impact on the front-runners. Poor emissions are a letdown, although the five-year warranty helps compensate.
Mazda CX-5 2.2 (150) SE-L Nav
Price: £24,995Engine: 2.2-litre 4cyl, 148bhp
There’s no shortage of class rivals, and the CX-5 is a great choice if you want low running costs and a sharp drive. The base SE-L Nav is pricey, but company car costs are well matched to the Hyundai’s, at £1,047 for lower-rate taxpayers.
Kia Sportage 1.7 CRDi Axis Edition
Price: £21,195Engine: 1.7-litre 4cyl, 114bhp
If the Hyundai’s warranty appeals, then why not get two more years with Kia’s cover? The Sportage isn’t very efficient, but as it’s set to be replaced in 2016, expect discounts – even on this Axis special with two-tone leather and sat-nav.
|Renault Kadjar 1.5 dCi Dynamique S Nav||Hyundai Tucson 1.7 CRDi SE Nav|
|On the road price/total as tested||£22,395/£24,120||£22,795/£23,380|
|Residual value (after 3yrs/36,000)||£9,675/43.2%||£12,195/53.5%|
|Annual tax liability std/higher rate||£760/£1,519||£955/£1,910|
|Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)||£1,261/£2,101||£1,333/£2,222|
|Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost||14/£521/A/£0||16/£482/C/£30|
|Servicing costs||£399 (3yrs/30k)||£499 (3yrs/30k)|
|Engine||4cyl in-line/1,461cc||4cyl in-line/1,685cc|
|Peak power/revs||108/4,000 bhp/rpm||114/4,000 bhp/rpm|
|Peak torque/revs||260/1,750 Nm/rpm||280/1,250 Nm/rpm|
|Transmission||6-spd man/fwd||6-spd man/fwd|
|Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel||55 litres/£95||62 litres/full size|
|Boot capacity (seats up/down)||527/1,620 litres||488/1,478 litres|
|Turning circle||10.7 metres||10.6 metres|
|Basic warranty (miles)/recovery||4yrs (100,000)/4yrs||5yrs (unlimited)/5yrs|
|Service intervals/UK dealers||18,000 miles (1yr)/153||10,000 miles (1yr)/162|
|Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos.||7th/12th||21st/17th|
|Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./stars||89/81/74/5 (2015)||86/85/71/5 (2015)|
|0-60/30-70mph||12.0/12.2 secs||11.5/12.0 secs|
|30-50mph in 3rd/4th||4.8/7.5 secs||4.4/5.9 secs|
|50-70mph in 5th/6th||10.7/13.8 secs||9.6/14.8 secs|
|Top speed/rpm at 70mph||113mph/2,000rpm||109mph/1,950rpm|
|Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range||47.6/10.5/576 miles||45.0/9.9/614 miles|
|Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket||159/99g/km/17%||168/119g/km/21%|
|Automatic box/stability/cruise control||£1,200/yes/yes||No/yes/yes|
|Climate control/leather/heated seats||Yes/no/no||Yes/no/yes|
|Metallic paint/LED lights/keyless go||£525/no/yes||£585/no/no|