Hyundai Tucson 1.7 CRDi Xpossible – Debuted last year (you can read our first contact), with a return to basics as to the name, after the parenthesis ix35. The new Tucson aims to consolidate if not improve, the very positive results collected from the C-SUV Korean ultra ten-year career. It was 2004 in fact, when he got the first generation, which obtained part of his success on the lever of a very attractive price. Now the market has changed, the Brand to which he grew up and the approach is slightly different. If already the second generation, those born in 2009 under the name ix35, had moved the bar up, the third openly declares its ambition to compete on equal terms, or even better, with the competition. It remains attractive in price, but quality and technology have increased, in addition to the look, more and more markedly European (his father is in fact an Italian designer). This perhaps is the reason for choosing to give her a real name and not an acronym, just to make happy buyers of our continent. We tried it in one of the best-selling configurations, with the 1.7-liter diesel engine and front-wheel drive, combined with richer on grade, Xpossible.
The design center that developed the new Tucson is Germany Russelsheim, this is already an indication that you wanted to give her a look close to European tastes. Specifically then it was just one of our countryman, Nicholas Dance, to have drawn the lines to which we are faced. He chose not to cut with the past, in fact, are obvious similarities with the model it replaced, however, by giving a different connotation to the look of Tucson. In our view it is gone in two very precise directions: the elegance, together with a good dose of sportiness, as well as the personality. In this the nose of the third generation is really a hit at impact. No denying it, even during the period when we test the car, if we approached from behind us wanted some more attention to recognize it, but when he went to meet by looking on the front it was impossible to confuse, even from far away. Merits of a calender important, for size and for finishing, with a chrome frame and three large clear horizontal elements.
At the center of the upper flaunts proud the Tucson Hyundai logo, also chromed. But the rest of the front is very elegant, almost in contrast to the strong character of the grille. A high bonnet, but devoid of ribs too showy and LED headlights long and thin, which are wedged in the body also laterally, until the first portion of the mudguards. At the bottom we find fog lights and daytime running lights to draw a bumper closed down by a honeycomb grille and fascia clear contrast. The concept of “Fluidic Sculpture” is then evolved into a closer stylistic key to our taste, evident even shifting his gaze to the side, clean and simple, without renouncing to flex its muscles with wheel arches in the sinuous shapes and curves. Beautiful glazing, with an athletic fit that closes in the back portion, while two ribs cut the high waistline and bottom of the two doors, almost symmetrically emphasize the bumper fascia clear. We told the front is more imposing and recognizable of the rear end, but not the Tucson is anonymous when viewed from behind. It is characterized by clean lines, with elongated headlights and a small spoiler above the rear window, the latter tilted almost 45 degrees. The cleaning of the design, as well as we had also noticed during the first contact, leads to the recess for the opening of the boot lock very low down, right above the license plate.
It grows in and out, as we had anticipated. we are not referring to the size, but the quality: stylistic outside, finishes and materials inside. The dashboard has been redesigned and produced with a higher care. This is the element that, by boarding, differentiates the new Korean SUVs, earning an appearance close to those of competing premium. The path is not entirely accomplished, because some flaw the new Tucson continues to have it, especially going to meticulously analyze the detail. The Brand who make quality perceived their pride still know how to do better, but the difference, it must be admitted, to pay a higher price. Here the soft touch materials are, however, much better than the old and more basic rigid plastics, while in the center there is the ample display with 8 “.
The backlog upright than its predecessor, as well as characterize the outside line, brings with it the benefit of improved visibility. The growth in length (although Tucson remains under 4.5 meters with 447 cm) went almost entirely to the back, with a trunk that reaches 513 liters, which can be up to 1,503 with the seats folded. An interesting option that allows you to adjust the backrest of the rear seat, to less than 488 liters for luggage, but with greater comfort for passengers. Then become 468 if you choose to have a classic spare wheel instead of the standard wheel. It is confirmed the practicality of the C-Suv Hyundai, with an increase in quality that it also alerts with hearing. They have in fact been used sound absorbing materials in quantities, to improve the soundproofing, historically not right at the top on the ix35.
In addition to the improved soundproofing, we anticipated that the visibility, thanks to the upright of the rear windscreen, has grown also. It is a piece that completes a great framework, because the high driving position offers a very wide and complete view of the road around the vehicle, also in the side portion and rear. At the wheel of Tucson But what you notice most is a lot of drivers to support technology. For example, the Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) reads the lanes and controls the steering wheel to stay within the correct path. On the security front, active and passive, do not miss the Blind Spot Detection, but even the Active Hood (AHS) to assist the damping of an impact with a pedestrian with the bonnet movement.
The Tucson is able to monitor about 180 degrees behind the vehicle with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, but what is perhaps the most important contribution to safety is the automatic braking. The AEB reads the velocity and the distance from those before us, first with a warning beep and then acting on the brakes, in order to avoid a possible collision. To keep us away from a different nature danger however useful the Speed Limit Information (SLIF), which repeats the maximum speed dictated by the road signs in the instrument cluster. For the rest of the Tucson confirms excellent traveling companion, on the highway as on winding roads, where a good feeling with the steering and a quite low roll make the experience pleasurable driving. Even in town the size remained fairly compact and high position allow you to move easily and smoothly even in the search for a parking lot. If specimen tested the sensors and rear camera they simplified the task further.
There are three available engines (each of which in two steps of power, for a total of 6 possible choices): the 1.6 GDi petrol from 132 and 177 hp and two diesel, with the top 136 or the 2.0-liter with 185 horsepower . The car we tested was equipped with CRDi 1,700 115 horses, which is the preferred compromise by users. Capable of 280 Nm at very contained regime of 1,250 rpm and delivered consistently up to 2,750 share, elasticity and a delivery so fluid as to be a perfect solution. Pushes it very well from low revs, while the only small flaw is that it is slightly rough up to 2,500 rpm, then gets even more fluid and silent. The Tucson in this combination, with front-wheel drive and manual 6-speed transmission, up to 176 Km / h, pulling a decent 13.7 on 0-100. One can opt for an automatic dual clutch DCT 7-speed, in combination with a more peppery version of 1,700, which comes to 141 horses and 340 Nm of torque.
If you prefer the all-wheel drive, you have to climb displacement. The 1.7 CRDi is in fact intended to 2WD, while the 2-liter, in the two steps of power, it is only 4WD. At the top the 185 horsepower capacity of 400 Nm and that pushes the Tucson above share 200 (201 Km / h) and below that of the 10 seconds (0-100 in 9.5). All engines are Euro 6, while the start-stop system has been appreciated for quiet operation and not very invasive. Without infamy and without praise the change. Great in terms of ratios, with the benefit of a highway system under combined with good brightness even with a power not exorbitant, wowed us less for the precision of the grafts, which we would have liked more mixed. However slight the clutch, perfect for traffic and urban driving.
Three engines, three trim levels, three transmissions
A glance at the list of Tucson available options have a recurrence of the number 3. The engines are indeed one petrol and two diesel, which become well-6 considering the power levels. It ranges from 115 horses of the already lively 1.7-liter diesel, up to 185, 2 liters more powerful, more and diesel. Less wide the gap for the petrol range, with a range from 132 to 177. In the manual transmission are flanked by two other options (that’s back on 3), depending on the engine, with a conventional automatic transmission with torque converter and 6-speed, or a DCT 7 (available for the 1.6 T-GDI and for the 1.7 CRDi 2WD 141HP). I am still three trim levels: Classic, Comfort and Xpossible. Prices range from 21,800 euro (1.6 T-GDI Classic), up to 35,450 share for Tucson 2.0 CRDi 4WD A / T 185cv Xpossible. By analyzing a bit ‘the various possibilities, we begin to tell you that for a car like the one proven starts from 23,800 Euros, rising 2,250 to switch to Comfort, until the top of the stands, very rich, but with a burden of 4,650 euro for Xpossible, for a total of 28,450. Will serve 2,300 more to switch to automatic transmission, which as mentioned is also earning a few horses at 1,700 and is matched only exhibition Xpossible. In fact it is 1,700 Euros that you pay for the DCT, because this is the difference, for example, between the two Tucson with the 1.6 T-GDI with 177 horses (among other things only option if you want to gasoline and 4X4 ). 4WD range that starts from 27,800 of the 2.0 CRDi, on which the classic automatic transmission is charged with additional € 1,500. Same difference that you must shell out to go up from 136 to 185 horses of top of the range.
Turning to the consumption of our test deeper way confirmed the de facto since we noted last year, with an average consumption of around 15 km / l, even on the highway. You can do better with a particularly attentive conduct, moving closer to the figure stated for consumption in the combined cycle, which is 4.6 l / 100 km. Hyundai, as its tradition, puts on the plate the great advantage of a generous warranty 5 years unlimited mileage