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Hyundai Tucson review - Reliability and Safety

Plenty of safety kit and a brilliant five-year warranty will give buyers some peace of mind

The Hyundai Tucson ranked 53rd out of 75 cars in our 2019 Driver Power survey, which is a 30 place drop on the year before. As a manufacturer, Hyundai finished a below-average 22nd out of 30 manufacturers, though these gripes mostly centred around interior style and driving fun, rather than any actual reliability issues. What’s more bizarre about these results is that sister brand Kia finished third overall, and the Sportage, which is closely related to the Tucson, finished 13th.

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The Tucson earned a five-star rating in its Euro NCAP crash test in 2015, in part thanks to a full suite of safety kit, including a Blind Spot Detection system, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Autonomous Emergency Braking, although these items are only available if you choose Premium or Premium SE trims. It scored 86 and 85 per cent for adult and child protection respectively.

What also helped it score well are its full complement of airbags, a traction control system, electronic stability control and ISOFIX child seat mounts in the rear. Every Tucson, whether you go for the entry-level version or the top-spec model, gets these safety features, even if the latest tech is only offered on the highest trims.

Warranty

The Tucson comes with Hyundai’s excellent five-year unlimited mileage warranty that should give great peace of mind.

It’s a huge selling point, which very few other rival manufacturers can offer. However, Hyundai’s sister brand Kia does offer the Sportage with a seven-year/100,000 warranty, which is slightly better if you're not going to get anywhere near that mileage limit for as long as you own it.

Servicing 

Hyundai offers buyers fixed-price servicing plans across its entire model range, meaning you pay a lump sum up front which covers all of your servicing costs over a certain period.

Prices for the Tucson should be similar to those on the old ix35, with three years' servicing costing around £400 for the petrol models and £500 for the diesels.

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