New Hyundai Tucson gets higher prices but a lot more safety technology
Talking further on the new Hyundai Tucson SUV released this week – the fourth generation of a medium sized SUV that’s one of the more popular choices in the market but was in need of an update. The new Tucson is an eye-catching design with some standout body cues – much the same four-cylinder engine and transmission choices but refreshed with what Hyundai call new Smartsense technology.
Prices up across the board, by $2,360 on the entry 2.0-litre petrol automatic, now from $34,500, while the higher grade 1.6-litre turbo petrol Elite and 2.0-litre turbo-diesel Highlander all-wheel-drives rise from $800 to $3,500 depending on model. For the extra money there’s a lot more active safety technology – blind spot collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, forward collision avoidance, intelligent speed limit assist, rear cross traffic alert, rear occupant alert, tyre pressure monitoring, driver attention monitoring and a rear view monitor – all of the above just so helpful in our day to day motoring although I find Hyundai’s lane keep assist rather intrusive with active steering wheel alerts that annoy.
The base Hyundai Tucson now gains an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android auto. Good news is rear air vents and a full-size spare wheel. Hyundai claims the new Tucson has more interior space on a stretched wheelbase with shorter overhangs front and rear.
I’m David Berthon
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