Hyundai Tucson - 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
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.
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
The latest Tucson’s wheelbase is only marginally longer than the previous model’s, but 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 from finding a truly comfortable position. The seats themselves are supportive, and there’s plenty of space under the front seats for rear passengers’ feet.
The Tucson’s maximum boot capacity is a family-friendly 620 litres, which is around 30 litres more than you get in a Kia Sportage and a whopping 116 litres more than the Nissan Qashqai can manage. However, It’s worth noting that the plug-in hybrid version has a reduced load space of 558 litres.
Fold the rear seats down and you can carry up to 1,795 litres in the Tucson, or 1,737 litres if you get the plug-in hybrid version.
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. The Tucson also has a modest amount of under-floor boot storage, which is always handy.
The only exception is the Tucson Plug-in Hybrid which has a maximum towing capacity of 1,350kg.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Hyundai Tucson combines refinement, space, style and hybrid technology to create a mid-size SUV that’s proving hard to beat
- 2Engines, performance and driveHyundai’s experience with petrol-hybrid powertrains pays off with the Tucson
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsEfficient hybrid technology dominates the Hyundai Tucson line-up, while low insurance costs and strong residuals are a real bonus
- 4Interior, design and technologyCabin quality for the Tucson is a huge step forward and a match for some premium SUVs
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingA decent boot, plenty of room for passengers and useful practical touches means the Hyundai Tucson should fit seamlessly into family life
- 6Reliability and safetyWith impressive safety kit and five years of warranty cover, the Hyundai Tucson is a great family choice