Hyundai Tucson Review and Specs

Hyundai Tucson Review


  • A great all-around 4x4, the Tucson provides superior power, handling, and manoeuvrability
  • A high seating position allows drivers a wide view of the road and a good, solid stance
  • The interior gets high marks for being well-laid out and spacious


  • Doesn’t offer the same level of luxury as some of its 4x4 competitors
  • A thirsty 4x4, thus higher maintenance costs over the years
  • Low ground clearance can cause issues when off-roading or on rough roads
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Overview, Look, and Feel of the Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson is a compact crossover 4x4 manufactured and sold by the Hyundai Motor Company. First produced in 2005, the Tucson is Hyundai’s first ever attempt at a compact 4x4 and has fared well from launch to present day in Australian markets and internationally. The Tucson has gone through two successive generations, the first from 2005-2009, and the second from 2009 to present day. Throughout that time, many different trims and options were available for the Tucson, so a wide variety of different alternatives are available on the used car market.

The vehicle was designed to combine city comforts with country handling. The comfortable and spacious interior makes the Tucson a great choice for families on the go and makes long drives a breeze. The exterior features clean lines and a distinctive, aerodynamic profile that many drivers find attractive. A combination of European styling and 4x4 performance has made the Tucson a popular choice from 2005 to today. A paragon of safety, the Tucson received an ANCAP safety rating of four stars in 2006.

Two generations of the Tucson have come to define the make in the Hyundai line-up. The first generation Tucson of 2005-2009 featured various engine options in either manual or automatic transmission. The second generation, rebranded as the ix35, got a full interior and exterior facelift. Still on the market today, the ix35 offers three trims with three different engine options as well as 2WD and 4WD alternatives. The wide spectrum of Tucsons on offer over the years means that a buyer in the market for a Tucson should have no problem finding the perfect 4x4 to fit his or her needs.

Hyundai Tucson Engine Specs and Performance

The first generation Tucson was offered in a range of trims. Buyers were given the option of a 2.0-litre V4 engine with an output of 104kW and a torque of 184Nm or a 2.7-litre V6 alternative with that performed at 129kW and 241Nm. The new version of the Tucson (the ix35 available since 2009) features three engine options. The first option is only available in a 2-wheel drive. It is a 2.0-litre V4 in-line engine with an output of 122kW and 197Nm of torque. The second alternative, only available in all-wheel drive, is a 2.4-litre DOHC V4 engine that can get up to 130kW and 227Nm of torque. The range-topping all-wheel drive R-series features a 2.0-litre DOHC V4 with an output of 135kW and an impressive 392Nm of torque. All options are readily available on the used car market. You’ll need to decide which of the many engine options is right for you before making any purchase decisions.

Standard Equipment and Options for the Hyundai Tucson

The original Tucson was offered in three levels of trim. The model range was comprised of the Tucson City SX (the base model), the Tucson City Elite, and the Tucson SX V6, which featured the 2.7L engine. The standard equipment on all models is comprehensive, with air con, cruise control, alloy wheels, premium cloth seats, keyless entry, six airbags, a CD player, and electronic stability control standard. More luxurious options for the upper range models included fog lights, a six-CD changer sound system, leather seating, heated seats and automatic climate control. Newer Tucsons (the ix35s) have similar features and options.

Hyundai Tucson's Competition

The Tucson has had major competition throughout its run in the form of the Honda CR-V and the Subaru Forester. As comparison, the CR-V now offers a base model with a 2.0-litre V4 with 114kw and 190Nm and a range-topper that features a 2.4-litre V4 DOHC engine with an output of 140kw and 222Nm. Alternatively, the newest Forester is offered in a base-level 2.5-litre engine with 126kW and 229NM or a turbocharged range-topper that features a 2.5L V4 with an impressive 193kW and 347Nm. However, throughout the years, the Tucson has proved to be a formidable competitor, selling well in both the new and used car markets.

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