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The Hyundai Tucson first  appeared in Hyundai’s line up in 2004. Since then, there’s now three generations of the model, with the facelifted version completed last year. We got our hands on a Tucson facelift for a little drive, courtesy of Hyundai Malaysia. Let’s take a look at the Tucson, a rather good-looking Sports Utility in our eyes.

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The facelifted Tucson is a very ‘handsome’ vehicle, it has with its athletic look all round even though it’s a more subtle family SUV., compared to the 1.6T version. The test unit comes with halogen headlights with DRLs and bulb-typed taillights; the combination makes the car look somewhat upmarket. The Tucson is also fitted with a newly-designed 17” rims and 225/60 R17 tyres.

Hyundai Tucson Elegance: Interior Bliss

The updated Tucson also brings a new dashboard design that is vastly different from its predecessor. Stepping inside the car, you’re greeted by a soft touch leather wrap steering wheel. And you get tilt and telescopic adjustment to get yourself into your driving position. The instrument cluster on the Tucson is equipped with a 3.5 TFT mono color LCD screen while having analogue speedometer and tachometer at both side of the LCD, it’s easy to read and navigate.

Moving to the center console, you’re greeted by a floating 7” display that comes with Android Auto and Carplay. The head unit is pretty simple to use and responsive to touch. The interface of the head unit is pretty similar across the range of Hyundai cars. Below the head unit, you’d find the manual climate control system, and it’s very easy to use. Along the center console, there is an upmarket feeling gear lever and a manual handbrake, which is a welcome in 2019 when other car’s parking brake is electronic. In front of the gear lever, the Tucson comes with two 12V in car charging slot and a USB port.

Beside the handbrake, there’s two cup holders along with an armrest and a storage compartment underneath. Other storage compartments are a huge glovebox and at the door panels.

Seats and upholstery

The front seat of the Tucson is a very comfortable place to be, your back is well supported by the seat backs of the front seats. There is a Tucson embroidery on the front seats that brings some style into the cabin. The rear seats is actually the more comfortable place to be, this is because you’ll get plenty of legroom and headroom, and to further enhance the experience, the rear seats has the ability to recline to suit your needs when you seat at the back seat. Another notable thing about the Tucson cabin is that it’s really quiet, it makes you feel like you’re isolated from the outside world. They did a magnificent job with insulation, we gotta say…

The boot space for the Tucson measured in at 488l with the seats up, and can be further increase by folding down the rear seats. There is no loading lip on the rear of the vehicle, which helps people who are loading heavy item to be able to load items easily. The tonneau cover can also be store away when you don’t need it as Hyundai have fitted extra slots to keep it. There is also another 12V socket in the boot to allow owner to use a refrigerator or in car vacuum to clean up the car when needed.

Tucson Elegance safety

On the safety front, the 2.0 Tucson comes fitted with 2 airbags instead of 6 airbags, like the 1.6 turbo version. Apart from that, both Tucson comes standard with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill-start Assist (HAS), Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Brake Assist System (BAS), and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM).

Engine and Drive

The 2.0-liter inline 4 engine fitted to our test unit produces 155PS at 6,200rpm and 192NM at 4,000rpm. We managed to return about 10l/100km through the weekend with a mixture of city and freeway drives.

With the usage of front McPherson strut and rear multilink suspension, the suspension is tuned towards the comfort side. The potholes and bumps on the uneven road are absorb by the suspension. Through our testing, we also feel that the suspension is able to keep the tall car’s body roll in check. To accompany the great suspension, Hyundai fitted the Tucson with a sporty electric power steering. It’s slightly lacking on feel, but the weighting of the steering wheel gives you the confidence in pointing the car at the direction you want it to go. Four disc brakes helps bring the car to a stop, but the brake pedal might need some getting used to because the initial bite is not prominent, but after a while, you’d be able to get the biting point, and the brakes are very strong in bringing such a big car to a stop.

The Tucson Elegance is actually a premium SUV if you can live past the lack of certain accessories. This car is a very comfortable long distance cruiser, the good NVH further help your noisy kids to sleep in the car during the long drives. The boot also have large enough space to bring all your luggage or do some Ikea runs. Priced at RM 123,888, the Tucson comes with 5 years or 300,000km warranty coverage. And to sweeten the deal, Hyundai Malaysia provides customers with a 3 years or 50,000km free service with parts and labor included.

Text/Images: See Zhanwei