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Why Lease The Tucson?

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Chris Pickering is a freelance motoring journalist who has spent more than a decade reviewing the latest models from around the world. He knows the motor industry inside out, having previously worked in product development for a major car manufacturer.

The Hyundai Tucson is a mid-size SUV that has all the bases covered. It sits squarely in the middle of this highly-competitive segment, offering a little more cabin space than some rivals and a little more comfort than others. Overall, though, it’s the Tucson’s generous equipment levels and all-round ability that are its greatest strengths. 

The Tucson comes in a variety of different flavours, including a trio of mild hybrid diesels, a sporty N-Line model and a four-wheel drive version. It helps that Hyundai has an enviable reputation for reliability, while the Tucson scores a respectable 3.8 out of 5 in our customer reviews.

Practicality

Plentiful space, flexible seating arrangements and a decent number of cubby holes dotted around the cabin make the Tucson extremely easy to live with. It seats four adults in comfort – five at a push – with two ISOFIX points for child seats in the back. 

At 513 litres, the Tucson’s boot compares favourably to those on the Nissan Qashqai and the Seat Ateca, although it can’t match that on the similarly-priced Skoda Kodiaq. The 60/40 split rear seats recline and they fold flat at the pull of a lever, giving an impressive 1,503 litres of loading space. 

Interior

The Tucson’s cabin is a pleasant place to spend time. You sit quite high, giving it a proper SUV feel, while good front and rear visibility make it pleasingly easy to place on the road. Material quality is generally good and the design is neat, with logically-laid out controls and clear, easy-to-read dials. 

All versions baring the entry-level S Connect model come with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which includes a seven-year subscription to Tom Tom Live Services. The graphics are a little more basic than some systems, but the touchscreen unit is responsive and intuitive to use. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across the board, as is DAB radio, air conditioning and a rear parking camera. 

Hyundai Tucson interior

The sweet spot in the range is arguably the second tier SE Nav model, which adds things like parking sensors, 17-inch alloys and various styling enhancements for little additional outlay. That said, there are some good deals to be had further up the range too. Top spec models add numerous extras, including adaptive cruise control, heated leather seats, wireless phone charging and a heated steering wheel.

One of the most impressive things is the cabin quality, with excellent fit and finish throughout. Ford has gone to great lengths to ensure its infotainment systems are up to date and as a result the systems in the Focus are excellent, including the voice control, Bluetooth pairing, music streaming and navigation.

What's it like to drive?

The Tucson is comfortable and relaxing to drive. Ride quality is generally very good, while wind and road noise are well contained. It also feels pretty nimble for an SUV, although you’d stop short of calling it sporty. The exception to that is the Tucson N-Line. This is essentially a trim spec on the diesel versions, but on the petrol models it extends to a retuned suspension setup, changes to the steering system and bigger front brakes. The effects are subtle rather than transformative, but they do provide a little extra dynamic sparkle.

The engine options consist of two petrols and three (Euro 6d-compliant) diesels. There’s a 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine offering 132PS or a turbocharged T-GDI version of the same unit with 177PS. The main diesel options are a 1.6-litre engine in 115PS or 136PS form. Most trim specs are available with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) driving the front wheels. There’s also a 2-litre 185PS diesel that comes with four-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic, but that’s reserved for the top two trim specs.

Hyundai Tucson exterior

The petrol engines both return around 35mpg on paper, but there is a marked step up in performance from the GDI engine to the T-GDI unit. Opt for the DCT gearbox and the latter will out-sprint most of the other cars in this class, with an 8.9 second 0-to-62 mph time. It’s a similar story with the diesels, where the 136PS engine strikes a good balance between performance and economy, feeling brisker than its 11.2 second 0-to-62 mph time would imply, yet returning a respectable 48.7mpg.

Overall, the Tucson is very much a road-orientated SUV, but it does acquit itself reasonably well when the going gets tough. All versions come with Hill Descent Control, which can be very useful for negotiating slippery slopes, while the four-wheel drive models offer greater traction in snowy or icy conditions. 

Verdict

The Hyundai Tucson is a practical, dependable and user-friendly SUV. It’s not as exciting to look at or to drive as some of its rivals, but it scores well in all the fundamental areas and offers generous levels of equipment for a competitive price. You can read more in our user reviews and check out the latest deals on our leasing page.

Customer Reviews

Hyundai Tucson
Average Rating Based on 221 reviews
4.1 out of 5

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4.7 out of 5
Victoria Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Hybrid 230 Ultimate 2WD Auto MY23

Really pleased with the car. It is lovely to drive and very spacious. Fuel economy could be better and isn't as good as I expected for a hybrid

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5.0 out of 5
Claire Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Hybrid 230 N Line S 2WD Auto

Amazing vehicle love it 😊

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5.0 out of 5
Carol Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Hybrid 230 N Line 2WD Auto

Full of gadgets. Comfortable. Keen acceleration.

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4.9 out of 5
Natalie Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Premium 2WD *Free Metallic Paint*

The vehicle is missing a few premium features but knew this when selecting this model.

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4.9 out of 5
Peter Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi 48V MHD Ultimate 2WD DCT

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5.0 out of 5
Joanne Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Plug-in Hybrid N Line S 4WD Auto

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5.0 out of 5
Jacqueline Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Hybrid 230 Ultimate 2WD Auto MY23

Like the quietness about it had hyundi before comfy nice runner

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4.7 out of 5
Scott Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Ultimate 2WD

This is my 2nd Tucson great cars, roomy and for this price they are full of all the mod cons

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4.3 out of 5
Neil Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Hybrid 230 Ultimate 2WD Auto

Great car, ultimate edition has nice range of equipment as well. Only downside is the 1.6l engine is very noisy when being pushed up hills. Other than that excellent car

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4.9 out of 5
Tristan Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Hybrid 230 Ultimate 2WD Auto MY23

The car ticks all the boxes we looked for

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4.1 out of 5
Andy Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Hybrid 230 Ultimate 2WD Auto

No further comment

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5.0 out of 5
Joanne Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Hybrid 230 Ultimate 2WD Auto

Love everything about it. If it washed itself as well it would be 110%

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3.4 out of 5
Stuart Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Premium 2WD *Free Metallic Paint*

It's a solid, reliable and cost effective car however there are a few less desirable aspects. - There is just too many buttons, alerts and noises for everything. For instance you cannot permanently turn off the lane control system so the car will take control of the wheel at times. - I would go with the larger engine option as this one won't help you over lake when you really need it. - It has for instance heated seats and steering wheel but no heated wing mirrors or boot assistance.

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2.9 out of 5
Samantha Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Hybrid 230 Ultimate 2WD Auto MY23

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4.6 out of 5
Niall Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Premium 2WD *Free Metallic Paint*

A roomy and comfortable SUV with a bit of style.

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