Regular readers of my blog will know that we are on the hunt for the perfect family car and we are both loving SUV’s.
The initials SUV stand for sport utility vehicle, although they appear to be aimed more at the family car market these days.
We were invited to try the Hyundai Tucson Premium SE 1.6L T-GDI last weekend and it is fair to say this SUV has leapt to the top of Hubby’s wishlist after taking it to Bristol to pick Kian up from university – possibly because it was in his beloved Chelsea blue.
First of all, it is a lovely looking car both inside and out and and the doors give a lovely reassuringly solid thump as they close.
Inside feels really spacious and luxurious and the 8″ touchscreen centrepiece stands proud on a plinth, making it easier to see if you are using the satnav, rear parking camera or changing radio stations.
The infotainment system comes with Bluetooth, a USB socket and a DAB radio, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring and the car has wheel-mounted audio and phone controls for ease of use whilst driving.
Like most modern cars these days, there are large cupholders to hold your drinks on the go, or a couple of smartphones and clever wireless charging pads next to the USB socket which comes as standard on Premium and Premium SE models.
Our one disappointment with the Tucson is that it does not pass the three carseat challenge, however, you can just about fit a booster seat in the middle seat, but it is a tight squeeze. It has more than enough boot space for a buggy, shopping or suitcases (and Kian’s washing bag) with 513 litres to play with.
The rear seats can be folded flat or in a 60/40 split, which then increases the boot space to 1,053 litres.
What is the Tucson like to drive?
It is a very comfortable drive and I love that you are seated high over the road for some great views ahead of you.
It performed equally well on the winding Dorset roads as it did on the motorway and handled corners comfortably, even during a torrential downpour.
The Tucson is also equipped with Hyundai SmartSense driver assistance system which senses the road ahead with radar and a camera. The (AEB) system automatically brakes when it detects sudden braking by the car or a pedestrian ahead, initially warning the driver visually and acoustically, then it controls the brake according to the collision danger stage and applies maximum braking force to avoid a collision. The system is activated when a vehicle or a pedestrian is sensed in front of the car, operating at speeds of 7 mph or above and thankfully we didn’t have to test it.
The car also comes with automatic lights, which came on when we hit a storm, plus it has high-beam assist which detects oncoming vehicles and vehicles in the same lane ahead and switches to low-beam as appropriate.
All in all, we both loved the Hyundai Tucson and it is a very reasonably priced SUV from £20,891, although I have seen offers locally for up to £5,000 off a ’68 plate. I think, however, due to the car seat issue, we may have to look at the Santa Fe, which is their seven seat option.
Disclaimer: We were given a Hyundai Tucson Premium SE 1.6L T-GDI to use for a weekend for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own