HYUNDAI

HYUNDAI TUCSON ESTATE 1.6 TGDi 177 Premium SE 5dr 2WD

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2185 g/km

MEET YOU IN TUCSON?

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

Back in 2018, Hyundai were aiming high with this improved 'TL'-series version of their stylish Tucson, a sharp-suited family mid-sized SUV aimed at the Qashqai-class. We're told it'll 'change the way you drive': it's certainly changing this Korean brand's fortunes in this sector.

Models

Models Covered: 5dr SUV (1.6 Gdi, 11.6 T-Gdi / 1.7 CRDi, 1.6 CRDi, 2.0 CRDi, 2.0 CRDi 48V)

History

In an era where nearly a quarter of all European car buyers are looking at something from the SUV Crossover class, mainstream brands need to take this segment very seriously. Hyundai's been doing just that with this car, the Tucson. In this 'TL'-series form, it was originally launched in 2015, but here, we're looking at the much improved version of that car that the brand introduced in 2018. Hyundai has been offering Crossovers in the mid-sized 'Qashqai'-class SUV 'C'-segment since the first generation 'JM'-series Tucson sold between 2004 and 2009. That contender was replaced by a far more competitive 'LM'-series model, which the brand chose to badge 'ix35' for Europe and which campaigned until the original version of this 'TL'-series design made its debut - at which point the 'Tucson' badge re-appeared. This more recent Tucson did well for the brand, with over 600,000 sales in its first three years on sale, thanks to higher quality, extra technology, greater standards of safety, more space and sharper driving dynamics. As part of the mid-term update we're going to look at here, quite a lot was changed to improve it. Buyers were offered an all-new entry-level diesel engine and even the option of mild hybrid diesel technology for the first time. In addition, there were smarter looks, more safety kit and extra media connectivity. Plus original customers could, with this facelifted model, have features that used to be the preserve of bigger luxury SUVs - things like full-LED headlights, adaptive cruise control and a surround view camera system. Mind you, from new, this Hyundai was priced to reflect that level of prowess, the Korean brand by 2018 having long abandoned its bargain basement beginnings. Can what's on offer in this improved 'TL'-series model make sense on the used market if you're looking for a mid-sized family SUV from the 2018-2020 period? And offer a genuine alternative to the established players in this sector? Time to find out.

What You Get

More than anything else, it's probably the design of this Tucson that will do most to interest SUV buyers browsing models from the 2018-2020 era in the mid-sized segment. The styling here was clearly inspired by the brand's larger and very good looking Santa Fe SUV and, with flowing surfaces, bold proportions and sharp lines, delivers one of the more attractive cars in this class from this period. Take a seat behind the wheel and you get the commanding view over the traffic that SUV drivers like so much in a cabin that's smart and logically laid out. For this revised model, the brand redesigned the upper dashboard, using higher-quality materials with a double-stitching line. As with the original version of this 'TL'-series design, the focal point of the centre console is a 'floating' infotainment system screen, which is 7-inches in size with entry-level trim but 8-inches in size elsewhere in the range. Either way, 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' 'Phone Projection' smartphone-mirroring is provided. It's a touchscreen monitor with the usual DAB audio, Bluetooth and informational functions, plus it features voice control and physical shortcut buttons that make it easy to quickly change between various functions. And the rear seat? Well fortunately, the rearward-sloping roof doesn't really impede access that's aided by the wide-opening doors. Take a seat in the back and it's pretty spacious by class standards. If you've previously owned or test driven a rival comparably-priced Qashqai or Ateca, you should notice how much extra leg room is freed up by this Hyundai's slightly lengthier body. As usual though in this sector, a trio of adults will certainly need to be on familiar terms over longer trips. Rear passengers will also appreciate the provision of their own air vents, the seat heating you get on top models and the fact that the seat backs recline for greater comfort on longer journeys. And out back? Well raise the tailgate - a little disappointingly, it's only electrically-powered with the very priciest models - and you'll find that boot space is about average by class standards. It varies a bit depending on the engine you choose. Petrol models offer 513-litres, the 1.6-litre diesel has 484-litres and the mild hybrid 2.0-litre diesel offers 459-litres.

What You Pay

Prices start at around £16,600 for a typical 'SE Nav' 1.6 GDi variant on a '19-plate, with values rising to around £18,500 for the last of the '20-plate models. For an 'SE Nav'-trimmed version of the T-GDI 175PS petrol turbo model, a '19-plate variant prices from around £17,200, with values rising to around £19,200 for a later '20-plate car. If you want a diesel, a '19-plate 1.7 CRDi model with 'SE' trim prices from around £16,500, with a later 1.6 CRDi 'SE Nav' model on a '20-plate valuing at about £23,750. For a 2.0 CRDi diesel with 'SE Nav' trim, values start at around £17,100 on a '19-plate. The rare 2.0 CRDi 48V mild hybrid diesel prices in 'Premium' trim from around £24,500 on a '19-plate, with values rising to around £28,000 for the last of the '20-plate models.

What to Look For

Most MK3 Tucson owners we came across in our survey were very happy with their cars, but inevitably, there were a few issues. One owner had a problem with his car's start/stop system. Two others had constant problems with the satellite navigation (one owner had to replace this setup four times in a year). Make sure you check that out on the test drive. One owner complained about a stiff clutch. In another case, the gear knob came loose and fell off. One owner reported a grinding gear change. It's extremely unlikely that the Tucson you're looking at will have been seriously used off road (particularly if it has a higher-spec trim level), but just in case, check the underside of the car for dents and scrapes. It's more likely that you'll find scratches on the alloy wheels caused through ham-fisted parking. Check out the rear seating row for scratches caused by unruly children. And of course, insist on a fully stamped-up service history.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2016 Tucson 1.6 GDi - Ex Vat) An oil filter is in the £3-£9 bracket. An air filter is in the £7-£10 bracket and a pollen filter costs typically between £9 and £16. A water pump is in the £52-£63 bracket and a thermostat is around £16. Front brake pads sit in the £28-£40 bracket; rears will sit in the £16-£45 bracket. Front brake discs sit in the £106 bracket; rear discs are about £25.

On the Road

Quite a lot of work went into improving the engineering of this improved 'TL'-series Tucson model, some of which paid off immediately. Into that category falls the 'Smartstream'-series 1.6-litre CRDi diesel powerplant introduced as part of this facelift, which turned out to be quieter and more flexible than the rumbly 1.7-litre unit it replaced. It's the engine we'd recommend for this car, offered in 115 and 136PS guises and in its perkier form was available with 7-speed auto transmission and AWD, should you require these things. There are two alternative petrol options - a base 132PS 1.6-litre GDi normally aspirated unit that's a bit lacking in pulling power and refinement. And a preferable 177PS 1.6 T-GDi turbo powerplant. At the top of the range as part of this facelift, Hyundai introduced a pricey 2.0-litre CRDi mild hybrid diesel model, which was the only one in the range that offered AWD. This variant featured a lightly electrified 48-volt 'EcoDynamics+' powertrain to try and silence the diesel doubters. Here, a 'Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator' (or 'MHSG') unit is linked up to a compact little 48-volt lithium-ion battery. This can store energy generated when decelerating, under braking or when coasting, then deploy it to give a 16PS boost to the 185PS combustion unit when needed, reducing the load on the engine and improving economy; Hyundai quoted NEDC figures of 49.6mpg on the combined cycle and 151g/km of CO2. The battery and the 'MHSG' also support a 'Moving Stop & Start' function which automatically turns off the engine during in-gear deceleration and braking. And the whole thing is mated with a super-smooth 8-speed auto gearbox specifically developed for this variant.

Overall

So, what do we have? The tough looks of an SUV, the sensible practicality of a 5-seat People Carrier and much of the affordability of a family hatchback. These are virtues that most mid-sized Crossover models from the 2018-2020 era offer, but this one delivers them with more space for less money than the majority of rivals can offer. It's nicely built, efficient to run, better equipped than most rivals from this period and the Slovakian factory buillt it better too. We also think it was smart of Hyundai to have differentiated this car from its Kia Sportage cousin by including standard autonomous braking across the range. Of course, this Tucson isn't perfect - a class-leading family hatch might offer slightly sharper handling and better all-round visibility - but these aren't deal-breaking issues. More important will be this model's competitive pricing and lengthy warranty. In summary, what we've got here is very much a Hyundai of the modern era. And that makes it a used car you might find it very difficult to ignore in its segment.

  • Rear wash/wipe with intermittent wipe setting
  • Electric front/rear windows with drivers one touch/anti-trap
  • Automatic defog system
  • Solar glass with windscreen shade band
  • Automatic windscreen wipers with rain sensor
  • Adjustable intermittent front windscreen wipers with aero wiper blade
  • Privacy glass - Rear windows and tailgate
  • Front windscreen wiper de-icer

  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Vehicle stability management
  • Downhill brake control
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Brake assist function
  • Traction control
  • Electronic Stability Programme

  • Bluetooth system
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Wireless phone charging pad

  • Parking system with surround view monitor
  • Speed limit information
  • Flex Steer variable steering settings
  • Driver alert system
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Reversing camera
  • Lane keep assist
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Power assisted steering

  • Smart power tailgate

  • 8" touchscreen satellite navigation including traffic messaging channel, map care and live services
  • Supervision cluster
  • Windscreen washer fluid sensor and warning indicator
  • Trip computer
  • Rev counter
  • Digital clock
  • Trip odometer
  • Water temperature gauge
  • Roll over sensor
  • Tailgate open warning light

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror with compass
  • Electrically adjustable, heated and power folding door mirrors
  • Body colour door mirrors with integrated indicators

  • Faux leather wrapped dashboard

  • Krell premium audio system with 8 speakers and subwoofer
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/phone controls
  • USB and aux connection in front
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Integrated rear spoiler
  • Chrome beltline
  • Electric tilt/slide panoramic sunroof
  • Black roof rails
  • Twin exhaust pipes
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Grey bodyside mouldings
  • Rear skid plate - Grey
  • Chrome illuminated front door handles
  • Front skid plate - Grey
  • Chrome effect radiator grille

  • LED rear lights
  • Door mirror puddle lights
  • Bi LED headlights
  • High beam assist
  • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Positioning Lights - LED
  • Static Cornering lights
  • Front fog lights
  • LED brake lights
  • Follow me home headlights

  • Dual zone climate control

  • Driver and passenger front seat pockets
  • Knee bolster - driver only
  • Cupholders in centre and rear console
  • Luggage area underfloor compartment
  • Front armrest with storage box
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Illuminated/air conditioned glove compartment
  • Leather upholstery
  • Luggage cover
  • Luggage net
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front door pocket bottle holders
  • Luggage hooks
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Retractable load cover
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob
  • 12V power outlets in front console and luggage compartment

  • Door courtesy lights
  • LED personal light
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Map reading lights

  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Front side airbags + full size curtain airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system with individual tyre pressure display - TPMS
  • Active bonnet
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation switch
  • Autonomous emergency braking

  • Ventilated front seats
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats
  • Driver's seat electric lumbar support
  • Heated outer rear seats
  • Electric adjustable front seats including height adjust
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Adjustable head restraints
  • Reclining rear seats
  • Heated front seats

  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Deadlocks
  • Perimeter alarm
  • Remote control central locking
  • Smart key with keyless entry and engine start/stop button
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking

  • Trailer stability assist

  • Driver and passenger sunvisors with illuminated LED vanity mirrors

  • 19" Alloy wheels

  • Temporary space saver steel spare wheel

  • CO2 (g/km): 168
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 185

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 77
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 85.4
  • CC: 1591

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 29.4
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 44.8
  • EC Combined (mpg): 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 27.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 35.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 34.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.1

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 20A
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 177
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Premium SE
  • Coin Description: TGDi 177
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 27
  • Engine Power - KW: 130
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 195
  • Engine Torque - NM: 265
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 177
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.2
  • Top Speed: 126

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/45 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/45 R19

  • Width (including mirrors): 2065
  • Height: 1650
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4475
  • Width: 1850
  • Wheelbase: 2670

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1470
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2110
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 62
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 513
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1900
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 640
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1503
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.6

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £665
  • Pearlescent paint: £665

  • Metallic - Stellar blue: £665
  • Metallic - Olivine Grey: £665
  • Metallic - Silky bronze: £665

  • Pearl - Sunset red: £665
  • Pearl - Dark Knight: £665
  • Pearl - Phantom black: £665
  • Pearl - Platinum silver: £665

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Leather - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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