Hyundai Tucson - Reliability and safety
With impressive safety kit and five years of warranty cover, the Hyundai Tucson is a great family choice
Hyundai has good experience with electrified powertrains and we’d expect the Tucson to prove to be a reliable family SUV. The fourth-generation model didn’t make it onto our list of the best cars to own based on owners’ feedback in the 2023 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. However, its sister car, the Mk5 Kia Sportage, came 70th.
Hyundai was represented in the top 20 (on the 75-car list) with the now-discontinued Ioniq hatchback and Kona crossover securing 11th and 16th spot, respectively. Hyundai itself managed to finish 17th out of 32 in the best car manufacturer rankings – down from 11th in 2022.
Standard safety kit on the Tucson is good, although to benefit from the full suite of active systems you’ll need to upgrade to Premium or Ultimate trim. Both of these include a Blind Spot Collision Warning, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance, which helps to avoid any potential hazards as you reverse out of a driveway or parking spot.
Crash safety experts Euro NCAP awarded the fourth-generation Tucson a full five-star rating when it tested the family SUV in 2022. It received an 86 per cent score for adult occupant protection and 87 per cent for child occupants, although protection of the driver's chest was assessed as being only marginal.
Hyundai offers a reassuring five-year, unlimited mileage warranty for all of its cars. Also included is 12 months roadside assistance and free annual health checks (visual inspections) of your vehicle.
Service intervals for the Tucson are annually or every 10,000 miles, whichever comes first. Hyundai also offers tailored servicing plans, with flexible payment options available to make it easier to manage the cost of scheduled maintenance.
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 spaceA decent boot, plenty of room for passengers and useful practical touches means the Hyundai Tucson should fit seamlessly into family life
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingWith impressive safety kit and five years of warranty cover, the Hyundai Tucson is a great family choice