0345 811 9595

Mon-Fri 9am to 5.30pm

Why Lease The Tucson?

Photo of Chris Pickering by: Chris Pickering

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. 

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.

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 109 reviews
4.0 out of 5

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
4.7 out of 5
Paul Hyundai Tucson 1.6 GDi SE Nav 5dr 2WD

Would have preferred marginally better acceleration, but car is acceptable and cruises well once speed is reached. Insurance costs OK, but Hyundai Main Dealer Servicing is very expensive. Nationwide kindly advised me that I can use other Service providers subject to them being VAT registered and this has halved my Servicing costs.

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
5.0 out of 5
John Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi 177 SE Nav 2WD

Good car

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
4.9 out of 5
Michael Hyundai Tucson 1.6 CRDi 48V MHD SE Nav 2WD

Excellent first year with our Hyundai Tucson Lovely car very comfortable and so good on fuel

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
4.6 out of 5
Gregory Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi 177 N Line 2WD

The Hyundai Tucson is an extremely comfortable, roomy car. Excellent on long or short journeys.

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
2.1 out of 5
Robert Hyundai Tucson 1.6 CRDi 48V MHD 136 N Line 2WD DCT

Things go constantly wrong been taken back to the Main dealer twice on a low loader ,also back to the garage for several recalls not done 9k miles yet says it all really , AA also been to it twice .

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
1.0 out of 5
James Hyundai Tucson 1.6 CRDi 48V MHD 136 N Line 2WD

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
4.9 out of 5
Anne Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi 177 Premium 2WD DCT

Really nothing to add I have absolutely no complaints I love my car.

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
1.0 out of 5
Grant Hyundai Tucson 1.6 GDi SE Nav 5dr 2WD *Free Metallic Paint*

Poor to run

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
2.6 out of 5
Gillian Hyundai Tucson 1.6 GDi SE Nav 5dr 2WD *Free Metallic Paint*

Underpowered and basic drive and almost dangerous when overtaking, steering very heavy

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
3.9 out of 5
John Hyundai Tucson 1.6 GDi SE Nav 5dr 2WD *Free Metallic Paint*

Perhaps a bigger engine and automatic

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
3.6 out of 5
Paul Hyundai Tucson 1.6 GDi SE Nav 5dr 2WD *Free Metallic Paint*

The vehicle is great, just lacks power with it being a big car, I would certainly use the scheme again but a different vehicle next time around. The scheme is mostly good value for money and I like that there are no unexpected bills.

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
4.1 out of 5
Gordon Hyundai Tucson 1.6 GDi SE Nav 5dr 2WD *Free Metallic Paint*

In a difficult year I have found the vehicle most satisfactory and reliable.

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
3.3 out of 5
Paul Hyundai Tucson 1.6 GDi SE Nav 5dr 2WD *Free Metallic Paint*

Overall good value for money. Biggest issue is very underpowered for its size. Interior finish is a little basic (plasticy) despite good level of equipment.

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
4.7 out of 5
Emma Hyundai Tucson 1.6 GDi SE Nav 5dr 2WD *Free Metallic Paint*

The car is very spacious, has great technology and is a pleasure to drive. The only thing I have found is that the power isn’t great driving uphill in 3rd gear

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
3.3 out of 5
Michael Hyundai Tucson 1.6 GDi SE Nav 5dr 2WD *Free Metallic Paint*

Very nice car, my only criticism is that due to the global pandemic I will only being doing just over half of the mileage I thought when I took out the contract. I requested a new quote and it was only £9 cheaper a month based on 37,500 miles compared to 60,000 miles plus you have to pay an admin fee so overall there is no real reduction. This has put me off leasing a car in the future as leasing company will now be getting a car back with much lower mileage.

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
Top