In its two-year stint with us, our long-term Hyundai Tucson racked up 35,000km. Suffice to say, it has been some of the hardworking vehicles within the Autocar fleet. The SUV has racked up the miles doing boring workplace commutes and thrilling out-of-town getaways, and in nearly each state of affairs, the Tucson has come throughout as a elegant companion.
It has at all times been my choose of the long-term fleet at any time when I deliberate to go on a protracted highway journey; and for good motive – it gives a mixture of nice touring means, consolation, a spacious boot and a big 62-litre gas tank. Gasoline effectivity has additionally been fairly spectacular for an SUV of this measurement, particularly contemplating it has an automated gearbox. A variety of over 700km on a single tank of diesel translated to fewer stops for refuelling, and I hate making frequent halts so the lengthy vary was one thing I actually appreciated. What I additionally favored concerning the Tucson was that regardless of returning an excellent 10-12kpl on common, there isn’t any compromise in the best way it delivers energy. The robust mid-range is kind of addictive and that makes it easy whereas overtaking. I discovered the driving modes to be very helpful as properly. Regular mode and Eco mode labored greatest for me whereas driving within the metropolis, the place the throttle responded in a pleasant linear method. Out on the highways, Sport mode labored splendidly, making it very simple to entry the slightest demand of energy from the motor.
One thing that labored rather well for me was the area on provide; it’s obtained a roomy cabin and the seats are very comfy as properly. Nevertheless, a gentle criticism from my co-passengers has been concerning the low seat peak. There’s no strategy to regulate the co-driver’s seat peak; even handbook regulate may have been included. The sunshine-coloured seats began displaying indicators of wear and tear, with the motive force seat specifically fading. What actually added to the Tuscon’s utility although was its boot, which is giant and it has a foldable parcel shelf that helps unlock extra vertical area. I’ve achieved a number of airport pick-ups and drop-offs for household and buddies and the boot has simply swallowed three to 4 full-sized suitcases, together with a few smooth duffle luggage. What actually made it a rock star of a automobile, nonetheless, had been the rear seats that may fold utterly flat, increasing the boot area to almost double its measurement! And because of all this area I managed to maneuver nearly all my stuff into my new condo utilizing simply the Tucson.
Of the opposite issues, I used to be impressed with the headlights and tyres. The projector headlamps illuminate the roads rather well when driving at midnight, and the Nexen tyres have phenomenal grip with the perfect bit about them being that they don’t screech simply. And even now, to my eyes no less than, the Tucson nonetheless seems actually enticing. It’s obtained that large, expensive-car look that you just’d count on on one thing that prices upwards of Rs 30 lakh on-road.
Coming to the unhealthy bits, if I actually needed to choose one it might be the suspension journey. The quick journey over bumps and poor sections of the highway makes the suspension backside out fairly simply. However that’s the place the negatives finish for me. The ‘possession’ expertise was greater than passable too. Sure, there have been a couple of points on the best way, just like the air-con system that packed up but it surely was shortly addressed and rectified. In any other case, the SUV was hassle-free to run with solely scheduled service visits to the Hyundai workshop.
In order you might need guessed, I actually loved my time with the Tucson. A lot so, that I stored it
for (whisper it) a yr over its scheduled tenure – however as they are saying, all’s honest in love and warfare.
I’m planning on doing many lengthy highway journeys within the coming months and I heard the Tucson facelift is predicted to be launched in Might, this yr. Hey Hyundai, are you pondering what I’m pondering?