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
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
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.
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.
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.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe new Hyundai Tucson has all the essential qualities to mix it with the mid-size SUV class leaders
- 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 lineup, 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