When you need a car big enough to cart around people or things, but you don’t want one so big it’s hard to drive around on a daily basis, your answer is a crossover SUV like the Hyundai Tucson.
We recently got the chance to try out the Executive variant of the Tucson, which although we initially found to be slightly intimidating in size, we thought it to be a very satisfying drive in the end.
We are more used to driving compact cars, so we weren’t sure how we would handle the Tucson, but it didn’t take long driving it on the road to notice how zippy it is for a vehicle of its size.
The Tucson is a nicely packaged vehicle, being spacious, comfortable and good looking on top of that.
Despite its size, it wasn’t bulky looking, and still managed to pull off a streamlined look, with its lines and dynamic silhouette lending to an overall sleekness.
Hyundai’s iconic hexagonal radiator grilled gave the vehicle a bold look, while not taking away its family-friendly look, and we felt this enhanced its appearance.
On the driving experience, a big plus point was the confidence we felt behind the wheel, mostly due to our height above the road, enabling us to see further forward.
The Nu 2.0 MPI engine was silent throughout driving, and only rumbled on shifting gears which was a bit slow, but this was made up for by its quick acceleration.
However, the height also means it may not be very accessible for the elderly or those with any conditions that don’t allow them to step up too high.
Parking was a bit of a challenge, but it was made easier by clear reverse cameras, and front sensors were also incredibly helpful when maneuvering tight spaces as it could be difficult to see beyond the hood.
We found the navigation to be a hassle and not very user-friendly; it took us a while to understand how to use it, and searching destinations was frustrating at times, so we ended up just using Waze anyway in the end.
One thing we weren’t too sure of was the brake; we felt it was rather low, and we would have to step on it harder to stop completely, but we’re not certain if that’s a quirk of that particular car or a characteristic of the model.
The model we took was upholstered with White Nappa Leather which comes at an additional cost of RM1,988.
The leather felt soft and luxurious, lending added comfort to our drive, while the driver’s eight-way adjustable power seat (available only in the Executive variant) in combination with the telescoping steering made it easy to find the perfect driving position.
We didn’t get the chance to take it for a long drive, but we are confident if we had, we would have felt comfortable in those seats throughout the journey.
The Tucson comes with black leather as standard, with Red Leather at an additional RM1,288 or the White Nappa Leather as optional upgrades.
The seats are arranged in a 60:40 formation to enable fitting in large objects, and boasts 488 litres of cargo space as well as a 1,094mm opening of the tailgate that eases loading and unloading.
Customers can also opt for the Urban Bodykit for an extra RM2,000.
Safety-wise, the Tucson is equipped with ABS, ESC, hill assist, downhill brake control, brake assist system and vehicle stability management as standard in both Elegance and Executive variants, and a safe drive recorder standard in the Executive.
Overall, we believe this car is a good choice for those with small families, and is suited both for daily driving and long distance driving.
This is one vehicle which manages to be practical and comfortable without any compromises in its looks, being attractive at the same time.
2016 Hyundai Tucson Nu 2.0 MPI Executive
|Price (RM)||RM146,888 OTR with insurance|
|Engine Type||Nu 2.0 MPi|
|Power||155hp @ 6,200rpm|
|Torque||192Nm @ 4,000rpm|
|Front Suspension||MacPherson Strut|
|Front Brakes||Ventilated Disc|
|Rear Brakes||Solid Disc|
|Tyre Size||225/60 R17|