2016 Hyundai Tucson eu version Review
The All-New Tucson compact SUV is changing perceptions of the Hyundai brand in Europe. With its bold and athletic design, high levels of comfort and convenience and extensive use of new technology, the All-New Tucson indicates the future direction of Hyundai in Europe. Hyundai Motor was one of the pioneers in the European SUV segment. Now the All-New Tucson takes another leap forward, and has been built to introduce the brand to a wide range of new customers who may not have considered Hyundai before.
Bold and athletic exterior creates unique SUV appearance
The All-New Tucson design concept incorporates a sleek, urban style combined with the strong ruggedness typical of an SUV. Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer at Hyundai Motor Group, explains how Hyundai designers achieved the dynamic proportions:
“Design expresses our progressive spirit and passion, and it is transforming our brand. The All-New Tucson has a distinctive and athletic presence achieved through refined, flowing surfaces, bold proportions, sharp lines and most importantly, our newest generation hexagonal grille – our brand signature,” summarised Schreyer.
The front of the All-New Tucson is dominated by the hexagonal grille, which connects with the LED headlamps to create a distinctive identity. A wing-shaped horizontal bar at the front bumper, which incorporates the LED daytime running lights, gives the car a unique style and provides a visual reference for the car’s wide track.
By moving the A-pillar back it becomes visually disconnected from the long bonnet, accentuating the sleek profile. The directional shape of the wheel arches contributes to the car’s agile and dynamic appearance, even at standstill. The expressive ‘Z’ character-lines above the rear wheel arches emphasise the powerful stance, while the kick-up belt moulding converges with the falling roof line to complete the sculptural side profile.
At the rear, the All-New Tucson’s personality is reinforced by strong horizontal lines flowing from the wheel arches. The combination lamps and reflectors are stretched to the body edges to further underline the bold proportions, with the rear skid plate and twin exhaust adding a sporty touch.
Generous space from efficient packaging
The All-New Tucson is built on a completely new platform that endows the C-SUV with generous interior dimensions. There is an excellent exterior-to-interior dimension ratio, continuing the Hyundai tradition for highly efficient packaging. With all seats upright, the roomy luggage area is 1,030 mm wide, 889 mm deep and 806 mm tall, delivering up to a substantial 513 litres of capacity. This increases to a maximum of 1,503 litres with the rear seats folded.Practicality is boosted by a lower trunk-sill height, two-level trunk floor and a stowable cargo screen.
Convenience and connectivity features are tailored to customer needs
The All-New Tucson includes a Smart Power Tailgate with the widest opening in the class. To ease loading, this opens as the key-holder approaches. Keyless-entry and engine start and an electronic parking brake offer added convenience. The intuitive Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS), available with only automatic transmissions, can help with both parallel and bay parking. Using radar technology, the system identifies a free parking space before reversing the car into it, with only the brakes operated by the driver. In addition, the exit mode function provides hands-free driver support when leaving a parking space.
The interior has been ergonomically designed to enable intuitive operation. The instrument cluster has been positioned towards the windscreen for excellent visibility and minimum distraction. The A-pillar has been engineered to reduce blind-spot width by 6 mm compared to the previous model, with visibility from the lower side window increased by 37 mm. A panoramic sunroof adds to the airy feel, providing 30% wider opening than before.
The centre console is fitted with a large, non-reflective 8-inch display screen for the new-generation navigation system, which is more than three times faster than the previous version. It also has more route options with quickly updated map material stored on an SD card. The new navigation system comes with a seven-year free subscription to TomTom LIVE services including TomTom traffic, Places, Speed Cameras and Weather.