Published On: 5 Oct 2022Categories: Videos


The new generation Tucson was launched in SA a few months ago, we attended the media launch. Like most cars at the moment, stock shortages are the order of the day, so it’s taken a while for us to get a test car onto the driveway.

The new car is larger and, on the top spec Elite model as tested, far more luxurious and upmarket than before. There are 2 engines available, a 2L petrol providing 115kW and 192Nm to the front wheels through a 6 speed automatic transmission. Our test car was the lone diesel model that delivers 137kW and 416Nm to the front wheels through an 8 speed automatic transmission.

The petrol model is available in Premium, Executive and Elite trim levels, the diesel is only available in Elite.

All versions share the same very spacious 5 seater cabin and generous boot space with a full size spare wheel under the boot board. Elite provides items such as full leather, dual zone climate control, inductive charging, large panoramic roof, active cruise control, lane -keep assist and forward collision warning among many other features. There are also 2x USB ports at the front and an additional 2 for rear seat passengers to keep the kids happy on long trips.

As befits a medium family SUV, the diesel Tucson is smooth and relaxed on the road with plenty in reserve for overtaking on freeways at the national speed limit.

A major plus is the fuel economy. Our test included a cruise to Hartebeespoort with the balance of the over 400km covered being urban driving. At the end of the week, the car showed overall consumption of 6.6l/100km. I rate this as a superb result.

The medium SUV segment is crowded with contenders from almost every manufacturer. The Tucson has been around through a number of generations and has certainly proven itself in the market.

The range is priced from R519 900 to R699 900 as tested and this includes a 6 year/ 90 000km service plan plus 7 year/ 200 000km warranty.



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