2017 Hyundai Tucson Elite Review

2017 Hyundai Tucson Elite road test and review…

2017 Hyundai Tucson Elite Review

It’s back behind the wheel of another model from the Hyundai Tucson range.

Following up from our drive of the fully kitted out Highlander last week, is a road test of the more than  adequate, mid-spec Hyundai Tucson Elite.

It may not have a many fancy features like a panoramic sunroof or ventilated seats but it does have enough for most people’s needs.

Still it contains things like a powered proximity tailgate, and AWD with diff lock and hill descent control.

The Elite would be my pick of the Tucson range.

Unlike the Highlander, the vehicle I had was a 1.6L petrol (though it does come in a diesel) along with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission but possess the same amount of alacrity as I experienced in the top of the range model.

Sport mode is similarly available but as with the Highlander, seemingly not really necessary with so much base power on hand.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Elite ReviewThe handling is just as car-like allowing you to easily throw it round corners while retaining its poise and control.

Alloy wheels are smaller than on the Highlander providing more comfort and less harness in the ride.

It might have been just the model I had but I found the transmission at low speeds a bit twitchy making hard to crawl smoothly.

Aside from that the external styling is just as attractive especially at the front end with the inclusion of fog lights and LED DRLs.

For under RRP$40k, the Hyundai Tucson Elite is an attractive proposition for decent inclusions and a great drive.

But if you  want to spend less and maybe don’t require AWD, there is a 2WD Tucson Elite alternative.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Elite ReviewThe Tucson Elite is however, devoid of hi-tech safety features like, forward collision warning, lane change/departure/keep assist and rear cross traffic alert which is only available in the top spec variant.

What is does come with is electric park brake with auto hold and an auto-dimming mirror that houses a pretty cool digital compass.

As the driver you do feel snug in the cockpit surrounded by the soft fabric seats, the wide console and armrest and a nicely moulded leather steering wheel giving great control of the vehicle.

Available at your fingertips are dual zone climate controls, sat nav on the touch screen and push button ignition.

It’s hard to fault the Hyundai Tucson no matter which variant you pick; at least there is something for everyone. A definite one to add to your mid-size SUV shopping list.

NUTS and BOLTS 2017 Hyundai Tucson Elite

Engine: 1.6L petrol producing 130kW and 265Nm

Transmission: Seven-speed Sports Automatic

Warranty: 5 Year/Unlimited km

Safety: Five Stars

Origin: Czech Republic

Price: From $39,750

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