In its two-year stint with us, our long-term Hyundai Tucson racked up 35,000km. Suffice to say, it has been one of the crucial hardworking automobiles within the Autocar fleet. The SUV has racked up the miles doing boring workplace commutes and thrilling out-of-town getaways, and in nearly each state of affairs, the Tucson has come throughout as a cultured companion.
It has at all times been my choose of the long-term fleet each time I deliberate to go on a protracted highway journey; and for good motive – it gives a mix of nice touring means, consolation, a spacious boot and a big 62-litre gas tank. Gas effectivity has additionally been fairly spectacular for an SUV of this dimension, particularly contemplating it has an automated gearbox. A variety of over 700km on a single tank of diesel translated to fewer stops for refuelling, and I hate making frequent halts so the lengthy vary was one thing I actually appreciated. What I additionally appreciated in regards to the Tucson was that regardless of returning an excellent 10-12kpl on common, there isn't a compromise in the way in which it delivers energy. The robust mid-range is kind of addictive and that makes it easy whereas overtaking. I discovered the driving modes to be very helpful as effectively. Regular mode and Eco mode labored finest for me whereas driving within the metropolis, the place the throttle responded in a pleasant linear method. Out on the highways, Sport mode labored splendidly, making it very straightforward to entry the slightest demand of energy from the motor.
One thing that labored rather well for me was the area on supply; it’s obtained a roomy cabin and the seats are very snug as effectively. Nonetheless, a gentle grievance from my co-passengers has been in regards to the low seat top. There’s no solution to regulate the co-driver’s seat top; even handbook regulate may have been included. The sunshine-coloured seats began displaying indicators of wear and tear, with the motive force seat specifically fading. What actually added to the Tuscon’s utility although was its boot, which is giant and it has a foldable parcel shelf that helps release extra vertical area. I’ve carried out a number of airport pick-ups and drop-offs for household and pals and the boot has simply swallowed three to 4 full-sized suitcases, together with a few comfortable duffle luggage. What actually made it a rock star of a automotive, nonetheless, have been the rear seats that may fold utterly flat, increasing the boot area to almost double its dimension! And because of all this area I managed to maneuver virtually all my stuff into my new condo utilizing simply the Tucson.
Of the opposite issues, I used to be impressed with the headlights and tyres. The projector headlamps illuminate the roads rather well when driving at the hours of darkness, and the Nexen tyres have phenomenal grip with the very best bit about them being that they don’t screech simply. And even now, to my eyes at the very least, the Tucson nonetheless appears to be like actually enticing. It’s obtained that large, expensive-car look that you simply’d anticipate on one thing that prices upwards of Rs 30 lakh on-road.
Coming to the dangerous bits, if I actually needed to choose one it could be the suspension journey. The brief journey over bumps and poor sections of the highway makes the suspension backside out fairly simply. However that’s the place the negatives finish for me. The ‘possession’ expertise was greater than passable too. Sure, there have been a couple of points on the way in which, just like the air-con system that packed up however it was rapidly addressed and rectified. In any other case, the SUV was hassle-free to run with solely scheduled service visits to the Hyundai workshop.
In order you may need guessed, I actually loved my time with the Tucson. A lot so, that I stored it
for (whisper it) a 12 months over its scheduled tenure – however as they are saying, all’s honest in love and conflict.
I'm planning on doing many lengthy highway journeys within the coming months and I heard the Tucson facelift is anticipated to be launched in Could, this 12 months. Hey Hyundai, are you considering what I’m considering?
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