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Hyundai Tucson Review: 2022 Hyundai Tucson First Drive Review – Best Premium SUV? |

Hyundai Tucson Review: 2022 Hyundai Tucson First Drive Review - Best Premium SUV?  |
The popularity and sales of premium SUVs in India are increasing every day. With increasing competition, Hyundai has decided that now is the right time to move the Tucson into the serious premium SUV segment.

The previous generation Tucson was a car that sold itself mainly on usability and family friendliness. Taking a leaf or two off Crete’s success story, this premium SUV is one of the best equipped in the segment and is offered with AWD and multiple engine options. Priced between Rs 27-34 lakh. We’ve now driven it and passed our extensive testing to know how it performs in the real world.
2022 Hyundai Tucson: What’s it like on the outside?
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson has a more pronounced exterior design and styling than any other Hyundai currently for sale. Its futuristic look attracts attention and takes on Hyundai’s new design language. At the front, it gets a parametric grille with LED DRLs neatly incorporated at both ends. The DRLs are built into a geometric grid pattern, so when they’re turned off, it looks like just a big dark grid.

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If you go to the side there are a lot of sharp angles and cuts that look great. The generous wheelbase becomes apparent here and Hyundai claims to have the longest wheelbase. The dimensions of the new Tucson are 4,630 mm long, 1,865 mm wide and 1,665 mm high. It has a wheelbase of 2,755 mm.

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The Tucson sits on 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in 235/60 section rubber. At the rear, the Tucson’s design is very well defined and specific and differs from other Hyundais. It gets claw-like continuous taillights are a cool signature. It gets a power tailgate and square wheel arches with plastic trim, completing the SUV stance. The rear window wiper is concealed and neatly incorporated under the rear spoiler.

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2022 Hyundai Tucson: What’s it like inside?
The interior of the new Tucson is a bit more conventional. The Tucson’s cab follows a two-tone gray and white theme. The dashboard gets piano black and silver inserts, while a similar treatment can also be seen on the door cushions. All four vents are cleverly concealed in the chrome that runs the width of the dashboard.

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Where Tucson really scores is the quality of the cab. The choice of materials used gives a premium feel. The richly textured dashboard top, flat-bottomed steering wheel with built-in piano black and silver accents, and beautifully crafted knobs, along with the overall tactile feel of all switchgear, deliver a luxurious in-cab experience.

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The Tucson’s interior is dominated by a large 10.25-inch infotainment screen and climate-controlled touchscreen. The touchscreen and the touch-sensitive climate control panel look almost integrated. The Tucson also features a fully digital instrument panel similar to the Alcazar with different themes and different information.

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The touchscreen functionality and menu are very similar to what we have Creta and Alcazar. Beneath the climate control unit is a wireless phone charger and USB inputs and surprisingly nowhere USB-C, which is a disappointment.

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There are all the expected features, such as automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof and wireless phone charging. There is also a brilliant sounding Bose audio system with 8 speakers, 64-colour mood lighting, both heated and cooled seats and a perfume dispenser.

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Controls for the exterior cameras for the seat ventilation, Hill Assist and parking sensors can be operated with a set of buttons positioned flush with the top of the lower center console. The buttons to change the driving mode and terrain mode are neatly incorporated in the center console.

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The rear seats are very comfortable and similar to those in the front with the same impressive contours, support under the thighs and cushioning. The rear passengers get AC rear vents with USB inputs for charging.
2022 Hyundai Tucson: How does it perform and trade?
The Hyundai Tucson comes with two engine options: 2.0-litre NA petrol (156 hp/192 Nm) with a 6-speed torque converter and a 2.0-litre turbo diesel (185 hp/416 Nm) with an 8-speed torque converter automatically. You get four driving modes: Eco, Normal, Sport and Smart.

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The Hyundai Tucson we drive was equipped with a 2.0-litre CRDi diesel engine, mated to an 8-speed torque converter.
The diesel engine, like all Hyundais, is smooth and refined until you reach the upper extremities of the rev band, where you can hear a little clatter and grumble.

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The diesel engine responds off-the-line and gets four driving modes – Eco, Normal, Sport and Smart – and they do what they’re supposed to do. Eco, Normal and Smart offer similar responsiveness and ease of use. Sport mode is great for overtaking on the highway, as it stays in a lower gear longer, making it more responsive.

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The 8-speed torque converter is smooth but feels a little lethargic. The gearbox has more ratios for each gear and almost always had the right ratio for every situation. However, paddle shifters would have been a nice addition this time around.

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The diesel version offers the kind of hassle-free driving experience that long-distance buyers would need. At high speeds and on broken roads, the Tucson feels like a real SUV. The Tucson took up huge potholes with ease, and the minimal 235/60 R18 tires smothered our rock-filled roads well.

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In terms of handling, the car feels nicely planted and offers a lot of confidence at high speeds, making it a good long-haul cruiser. The overall grip through the corners is good, but the body roll is apparent as soon as you push it. The disc brakes on all wheels give him extra confidence. The steering feel is similar in that there isn’t much feedback, but on the plus side it’s light enough around town and has a decent weight at higher speeds.
2022 Hyundai Tucson: Safety
The big addition to the new Tucson is ADAS technology. It has Level 2 ADAS technology and uses cameras and radar sensors to detect cars, pedestrians or cyclists on the road.

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The SUV will receive Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Lane Following Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning.
Standard safety features such as 6 airbags (double front, side and curtain airbags), front and rear parking sensors, electronic stability control, Hill Descent Contro, Hill Assist Control, BVM (Blind-Spot View Monitor) / SVM (Surround View Monitor).
HTRAC four-wheel drive
Hyundai introduced the HTRAC all-wheel drive system in 2013, and the Hyundai Genesis was the first model to adopt this technology.

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The ‘H’ stands for ‘Hyundai’ and ‘TRAC’ is an abbreviated form of the word ‘Traction’, which stands for technical characteristics of the four-wheel drive system.
The HTRAC system electronically controls the torque distribution between the front and rear axles, depending on road and driving conditions, for greater stability on slippery roads and when cornering.

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The Hyundai Tucson is the first model in India to receive this technology. The AWD system in the new Tucson comes with multiple terrain modes: snow, mud and sand. One thing to note is that the AWD will only be available in the diesel engine option.
2022 Hyundai Tucson: price, variants and rivals
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is available in 5 variants, hereby the list –

variants Price ex-showroom
Platinum gasoline Rs 27.69 lakh
Platinum diesel Rs 30.19 lakh
Signature gasoline Rs 30.17 lakh
Signature Diesel Rs 32.87 lakh
Signature Diesel AWD Rs 34.39 lakh

Signature variants with a two-tone exterior are available at an additional cost of Rs 15,000.
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will compete with the Volkswagen Tiguan, Jeep Compass, Citroen C5 and Skoda Kodiaq.
Should you buy it?
The Hyundai Tucson is smart, powerful, efficient, safe and has a ton of features. It’s a comfortable car, good-looking and futuristic, and it has many first-class features. Now, however, with the ADAS it is a lot safer, not only for you and your family, but also for the people around you.

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With a sticker price of Rs 27 lakh and a top model fetching more than Rs 34 lakh, the Hyundai Tucson is an expensive SUV. As a result of its premium ambitions, multiple engine options, Level 2 ADAS along with a comfortable cabin and stunning design, we think the Hyundai Tucson is priced aggressively, not just competitive.

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