2016 Hyundai Tucson Review – Great at the Start, Then it Becomes Stale

The original Hyundai Tucson came out in 2004 and after the second-generation Tucson came out five years later, it represented a major leap for the vehicle as everything was better like it leapt a full generation and a half with its styling and very nice cabin, and now we see that the second generation was a huge improvement over the first one, the third generation 2016 Hyundai Tucson has a lot of expectations to fulfil.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Review – Great at the Start, Then it Becomes Stale

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson Looks Like a European-Made Vehicle

The massive grille, the long swept-back headlights with nice contrast with inner components of the light cluster, and the handsome body makes for a very stylish design for the 2016 Hyundai Tucson. By combining broad strokes and defined creases, it draws attention in a regal manner.At the sides, the European style is even more prominent as it is reminiscent of the BMW X3. Under the hood is a 2-liter turbodiesel putting out 176hp and 400Nm with punchy torque readily available at 1750rpm. The Tucson’s powertrain is finished off with a 6 speed automatic.

The cabin in the 2016 Tucson is a little plasticky, which is typical for an Asian vehicle but the plastics have nice feel. The leather seats have good support, and they remain comfy over long distance driving. The blue luminescent gauges we’ve seen for several years in Hyundais are still here, but their intensity has been toned down.Interior features include – two cup holders, a receptacle for coins and keys, a larger cubbyhole for mobile phones, and two 12V sockets.

Driving the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, you can instantly feel the punch of the turbodiesel as its torque is readily available at under 2000rpm making easy bolts from stoplights, and quick overtakes in traffic a cinch. Featuring different driving modes, in sport mode, the six speed automatic does a superb job of handling the gears. When summoned, the Tucson’s acceleration is prodigious. Forward movement is lovely and even exhilarating. All this driving excitement takes a toll on fuel economy, which is an average of 7.7km/L in bad traffic. Thank god for inexpensive diesel. While all is well and good for the Tucson, the longer you are in it you’ll start to notice some flaws, the chassis is spongy and has low feedback making the ride feel a bad match for the very eager engine.


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