2015 Hyundai Tucson Launch Review

2015 Hyundai Tucson Launch Review
2015 Hyundai Tucson Launch Review.

Dave Conole reports from the Hyundai Tucson Australian launch.

2015 Hyundai Tucson Launch Review
2015 Hyundai Tucson Launch Review.

The Hyundai ix35 has long been the most popular small SUV in Australia and now Hyundai is steering buyers towards an all-new offering – the Hyundai Tucson.

Sporting a much more dynamic and even aggressive look than the now aging ix35 design, the 2015 Hyundai Tucson is even more attractive in the flesh.

The official Australian launch of the Hyundai Tucson gave journalists the opportunity to check out all four models in the new Tucson range – Active, Active X, Elite and Highlander.

Under the bonnet of the Tucson Australian buyers initially get the pick of three different engines;

  • 121kW/203Nm 2.0 litre petrol
  • 130kW/265Nm 1.6 litre turbo-petrol
  • 136kW/400Nm 2.0 litre turbo-diesel

The entry-level Hyundai Tucson won’t arrive in Australia until a little later in the year and will be offered with a less-powerful version of the 2.0 litre petrol engine, as yet Hyundai hasn’t confirmed exact stats and specifications for that one.

Hyundai_Tucson_159Across all four model grades all-wheel drive is available only with the turbo-petrol and turbo-diesel engines.

So, what’s it like to drive? Well, I got to drive a Hyundai Tucson with all four different engines around Sydney and there’s no doubt that on the road the pick is the diesel.

With what seems to be a never ending surge of torque it is an easy and well-balanced small SUV.

In saying that, the Hyundai Tucson Active X, with just over 200Nm and a slick shifting six-speed auto, also never seemed lacking for urge, even with four adults on-board.

Ride quality across the Tucson range is superb, with firm yet compliant suspension around town. It was also noted just how refined the ride in the cabin felt and also how quiet it was too.

2015 Hyundai Tucson Launch Review
2015 Hyundai Tucson Launch Review.

One area where the new Hyundai Tucson also is a huge step-up from the ix35 is the finish inside the cabin. The new offering boasts a thoroughly high quality look and feel throughout.

Technology is also at the cutting-edge with the new Hyundai Tucson boasting Apple CarPlay – you can find out more on about that new technology in this story from Simon Lai.

The new 2015 Hyundai Tucson range is priced from $30,490 (Active X), when the Active grade arrives later in the year prices there will start from $27,990.

Summing it up; the new Hyundai Tucson is a giant leap ahead of the old ix35. Set to take on rivals like the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Nissan X-TRAIL, the new Hyundai offering looks set to continue to be the dominant player in the market.

Check out more details on the all-new Hyundai Tucson here and Behind the Wheel will bring you more detailed reviews of the new Hyundai Tucson in coming months.

Dave Conole owns and writes the independent vehicle review and news website – A Wheel Thing.

With over 15 years of automotive journalism and reviewing experience, plus front line experience in vehicle sales, Dave is proud to be aligned with Behind the Wheel.

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