The market is demanding and Hyundai knows that. In fact, bets have been made on the most diverse segments and with very positive results we remember, for example, the car of the year 2022 in the electric segment – the Hyundai IONIQ 5. In addition to these 100% electric solutions, the South Korean brand has electrified its range and today we are going to showcase the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid, a car that entered the list of the best compact SUVs in 2021 and has since maintained its robust commitment when it comes to vehicle performance, interior, safety reviews, reliability and much more.
Pplware has tested the Tucson HEV 1.6 TGDI at Vanguard MY22 and will give you all the details!
Hybrid Tucson: Many miles without consuming a drop of fuel
We are in the moment of the so-called energy transition. Despite constant setbacks and advancements due to geopolitical positions that change with some regularity on a global level, leaving the fuel market in regular turmoil and instability, the truth is that the segment of electrified cars continues to strengthen its position.
Aware of this reality, Hyundai has developed its Hyundai Tucson Hybrid, a car that describes itself as "very good" for its electrified SUV range. This time we've taken the "test of nine" for this Hyundai Tucson Hybrid and see if it's in fact a good bet since we know the petrol version.
Electrified SUV that meets consumer demand premium
Hyundai presents the Tucson Hybrid as the protagonist of a "design revolution", showing it with an ambitious look that follows the "Sensuous Sportiness" typology. This model is taller and wider than its predecessor, providing a forward-thinking look, "without compromising the Tucson's rugged heritage".
To integrate and meet the needs of premium consumers, Hyundai sought to develop an "imposing, bold and elegant" hybrid through "modern and dynamic lines", which "sets new standards in the segment of compact SUVs and hybrid cars ". .
The front has been completely renovated, with emphasis on the Hidden parametric optical groups: A design innovation incorporating standard grille lighting technology. When turned on, the lights create a unique road signature; once off, they blend into the Tucson's grille.
The rear, in turn, arrives completely renewed and has significant changes, such as a rear optical group with a triangular shape in LED with an illuminated line that crosses the entire width of the vehicle.
This hybrid is the first Hyundai model with a hidden rear wiper blade, making it free from obstacles.
With an advanced and innovative design, Hyundai has integrated power folding mirrors in addition to the 19" alloy wheels that complement the proportions of the Tucson Hybrid.
Modern interior with space for "everything and more"
It's not just the exterior that stands out for the revolution. After all, the interior of the Tucson Hybrid is uncluttered, spacious and just as sophisticated, promoting a high-tech experience - just the way we like it.
Lighting is placed in the lower part of the center panel, in the wireless charging station and in the door pockets, creating a welcoming atmosphere.
For the first time in a Hyundai vehicle, the brand presents a climate control system that combines direct and indirect fans.
THE Luggage space provides 103 liters, depending on the version. More than that, it offers up to a total of 616 liters with the seats upright and 1,795 liters with the seats folded.
It also guarantees 105 cm of legroom in the rear, a space that gives the Tucson an advantage over many of its rivals.
A futuristic technology offering
The Hyundai Tucson Hybrid meets modernity and offers a range of technological features, as well as advanced driver assistance and safety systems.
Hyundai Smart Sense+ is built into this Tucson and includes the following security systems:
- Blind Spot Radar (available on DCT, HEV, and PHEV internal combustion engine models);
- Collision avoidance assistant when changing direction;
- Intelligent Cruise Control (available on DCT, HEV, and PHEV combustion models);
- 360º camera;
- Blind spot detection camera.
For driver assistance, Hyundai relies on:
- Driver Fatigue Alert System (DAW);
- Hill Start Control and Descent Control (HAC/DBC);
- Autonomous emergency braking (FCA);
- Lane Keeping System (LKA);
- Tire Pressure Motorization System (TPMS);
- Lane Keeping Monitoring System (LFA);
- Maximum Speed Information System (ISLA);
- Front Vehicle Launch Alert (LVDA).
The system Bluelink Connected Car Services for example, enables online speech recognition. In addition to the smart functions that can be controlled with this system, Hyundai even provides a free five-year subscription to LIVE Services in the navigation system.
Among the specs detailed above, there's a place to highlight the 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.25-inch digital infotainment screen. It easily becomes the center of information and entertainment. However, Apple CarPlay via Bluetooth is missing. Both Apple's system and Android Auto require a cable to work. A Hyundai option.
Efficient and attractive to catch glances on the road
This hybrid version of Hyundai's Tucson features opnew 1.6 T-GDI engine and a 44.2 kW electric motor, with a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, placed under the second row of seats.
More than that, it is equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission (6AT) available with front-wheel drive and provides a Combined power of 230 hp and 350 Nm of torque. For example, it generates low emissions and, according to Hyundai, it does not compromise on "driving pleasure".
Speaking of fun, with this set you can take the SUV from 0 to 100 km / h in 8 seconds. Not bad for a car that weighs almost 1700 kg. The car has a machine speed of 193 km/h.
In terms of consumption, well, in our test, which ran this SUV through different scenarios (highway, urban, rural), we failed to achieve the brand's advertised combined consumption of 5.9 l/100 km. In our case it was always around 6.5 l/100 km. With balanced driving, a consumption of less than 6 liters per 100 km may be achieved.
Although we almost always use the most economical mode, this hybrid has two driving modes: 'Eco' and 'Sport'. It is of course in the first option that the Tucson Hybrid benefits better in terms of efficiency.
Hyundai has nine exterior colors available, including three new ones: Shimmering Silver, Amazon Gray and Teal. In addition, the Vanguard version offers the possibility of painting the roof and body in different colors.
- Car: Hyundai Tucson 1.6 T-GDI HEV
- engine: four-cylinder petrol + electric motor
- cylinder capacity: 1598 cc
- engine: turbocharger
- Fuel: petrol + electricity
- Traction: forward
- 132 kW/180 hp at 5500 rpm (combustion engine)
- + 44 kW/60 hp (electric motor)
- = 169 kW/230 hp (total combined system power)
- Binary: 265 Nm (combustion engine) + 265 Nm (electric engine) = 350 Nm (total torque)
- Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 8.0 seconds
- Maximum speed: 193 km/h
- Stream: 6 automatic speeds
- Fuel consumption (combined): 5.5 – 5.9 l/100km
- Co2 emissions: 125 – 135 gr/km
- tank contents: 52 litres
- Length: 4500mm
- Width: 1865mm
- Height: 1653 millimetres
- Length between the axle: 2680mm
- operating weight: 1639 – 1760 kg
- luggage compartment contents: 616/1795 litres
It is a car that does not go unnoticed, some like it, others don't, but it is not indifferent. It has a thermal engine, which, in combination with the electric, gives this SUV about 230 hp. This is felt. Guaranteed you will find that the car has a lot of power when you need it. In addition, the driver assistance technology that the car entails is a major advantage.
It has a good cabin, large and comfortable, although the soundproofing could be improved. Also good construction materials, but the infotainment area in the center console has plastic that is too glossy, they always show fingerprints and they are too noticeable for dust. We should also point out that it features a combination of tactile buttons and physical buttons. Even though the fashion is minimalism, we still understand that there has to be a transition, in the sense of not being "not so much at sea, not so much on land". And this car meets that.
Another positive aspect is the moderate consumption. For the size of the car that we have available, it is a very interesting consumption. This spacious, large family car, with a great boot, is one of the best in its range.
The Hyundai Tucson includes 7 year unlimited mileage warranty. The price is €46,150.
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