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2022 Hyundai Tucson evaluate: Futuristic flagship | Autocar India

Written by Meera

With achieved smaller siblings just like the Creta and Alcazar, you’ll be able to wager Hyundai’s new flagship SUV has upped its sport.

A few of our youthful readers won’t bear in mind this, however the Tucson first got here to India in 2005, when the Indian automotive market was a complete totally different beast. The primary-generation SUV, which additionally used a 2.0-litre diesel engine with AWD, was a CBU import and value a princely Rs 14.three lakh, ex-showroom. It was a distinct segment product for Hyundai, but it surely set the groundwork for what we’re driving at the moment.

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is assembled in India, prices Rs 34 lakh, and makes use of a 2.0-litre diesel engine with AWD, but it surely’s not a distinct segment product for the model, whose standing as a maker of premium automobiles has since been nicely cemented. Actually, with sturdy competitors and patrons with extra spending energy than ever earlier than, the time is ripe for this flagship SUV to shine. So, can it?

2022 Hyundai Tucson will get radical exterior design

It will get off to an amazing begin simply with the way in which it seems. Edgy designs could be polarising, and this would possibly alienate conventional patrons with extra conservative tastes, however Hyundai’s new Parametric Dynamics design will certainly be successful with the more and more youthful clientele we’re instructed are procuring on this section.

New Tucson options presumably Hyundai India’s most radical design but.

The brand new Tucson brings some critical wow issue with its sharply reduce bodywork that appears to attract inspiration from the likes of the Lamborghini Urus. There’s even a brushed steel trim piece that curves alongside the highest of the window line, making this appear to be a coupe SUV, regardless that it’s not. Additionally very obvious from the facet is that that is the brand new long-wheelbase model, which Hyundai says was a no brainer for the chauffeur-driven Indian market, and the good 18-inch alloy wheels sitting below giant, angular arches.

The rear has some significantly attention-grabbing particulars, just like the rear wiper being hid below the roof-mounted spoiler and the Hyundai brand built-in inside the windscreen glass itself. The minimalist tail-lamp array is a steady, slim band of LEDs ending in a pair of slashes on both facet, however this has meant the indications and reverse lamps have moved right down to the bumper.

LED DRLs built-in in grille whereas headlamps positioned in entrance bumper.

The primary attraction, nevertheless, is entrance and centre. The Tucson’s new nostril is much faraway from its predecessor, and in reality, nearly any Hyundai on sale in India. The sharp ‘Parametric’ components within the grille are completed in darkish chrome, and fan outward into an array of angular LEDs formed like wings. These LEDs, when turned off, mix away into the grille itself, whereas the headlamps are positioned decrease down, within the bumper. It may be polarising, however there’s little question it is going to flip heads.

2022 Hyundai Tucson has ample inside house and luxury

The inside is rather less radical, and fairly much like the format we first noticed within the Creta. The gloss black centre console (extra on this later) flows as much as the highest of the sprint and spreads out in both path, ending within the outer AC vents. A pleasant, premium contact are the slim vents on the highest of the sprint, which ‘diffuse’ the AC draft gently moderately than focusing it.The steering wheel seems lots just like the Creta’s too, however has better-finished management switches, and behind it sits the Alcazar’s 10.25-inch digital dial display, besides that it’s free-standing with no shroud, moderately than sitting below a hooded binnacle – identical to within the new S-Class!

Digital dials display shows ADAS options like useful Lane Watch digicam.

Decrease down within the centre console, you’ll discover the gear lever from the Creta (no button selector such as you get abroad), seat heating/cooling switches, ample stowage house, an digital parking brake and controls for the drive modes. The 10.25-inch touchscreen blends seamlessly into its gloss black housing, as do the AC controls beneath, that are all contact. The concept is for the entire centre console to appear to be a steady black mirror when switched off, however in observe, it’s a bit fiddly to make use of on the go.

10.25in touchscreen and AC controls kind one steady contact panel.

It’s comparable in design, then, however what’s taken an enormous step ahead is the standard. Save for the transmission tunnel, your entire dashboard is soft-touch materials, as are the door playing cards, that are inlaid with a classy cloth trim. The sunshine gray leatherette upholstery feels wealthy (though it reveals stains very simply), and the metallic inserts within the entrance seats add a premium air. Even the column stalks behind are completed in a knurled gloss black plastic; all of it seems very wealthy.

Premium particulars embrace knurled end on gloss black management stalks.

The powered entrance seats, very similar to the outdated Tucson, will really feel a bit too low at their lowest setting, however fortunately provide a protracted vary of adjustment so even shorter drivers can get comfortable. And cozy they are going to be with beneficiant cushioning, heating and air flow up entrance.

It’s within the again seat the place the Tucson actually excels, and the two,755mm wheelbase (85mm longer than the earlier automotive’s) that pays dividends. Leg room is ample, letting even taller passengers stretch out, and there’s a wholesome hole between your head and the panoramic sunroof. This lets lots of mild into the cabin, as do the big rear home windows, however as with the earlier automotive, you’re sat a bit low to the ground, which robs some thigh help and doesn’t offer you that theatre-like view ahead that you really want in an SUV. Cushioning is simply spot on, although, and there’s a big quantity of recline for the backrest. There are rear AC vents although, however no blower or temperature management, and we’d have preferred to see window blinds right here too; even the Alcazar has them!

Enormous 540 litres boot can simply swallow 4 giant suitcases, and extra.

The lengthy wheelbase additionally means the seating space doesn’t compromise the boot, which at 540 litres, is significantly huge. Our crew of 4 was capable of match all their stroller baggage and kit in comfortably, with room to spare, so airport runs needs to be a bit of cake within the new Tucson. Keep in mind, although, the spare wheel is an area saver.

2022 Hyundai Tucson is full of options, together with ADAS

Sure, Superior Driver Help Programs (ADAS) is the speaking level of the brand new Hyundai Tucson, and that is the primary mannequin from the model in India to supply it. Hyundai says this can be a Stage 2 system and that features adaptive cruise management, emergency auto braking, lane departure warning and help, lane watch digicam, blind spot warning, driver consideration monitor, 360-degree cameras and rear cross visitors help. Hyundai mentioned particular care was taken to calibrate the system for Indian situations, together with sensor sensitivity, delay earlier than intervention, the diploma of intervention, and the quantity of driver enter required.

360-degree digicam show is obvious and offers a number of angle choices.

For as soon as, this effort actually reveals, because the Tucson’s ADAS feels useful and never distracting (or worse, overly intrusive) in typical Indian highway situations. The methods don’t overreact to errant highway customers, there’s simply the correct amount of delay earlier than energetic intervention, it could learn worn out lane markings and even the auto steering correction isn’t too forceful. It needs to be famous, although, that ‘vital’ security options like auto emergency braking, if turned off, will robotically swap on once more when the automotive is began subsequent.

Panoramic sunroof solely provides to the large sense of house.

Even on the subject of extra standard options, the Tucson is, expectedly, full of them. Highlights embrace dual-zone local weather management, a panoramic sunroof, auto headlamps and wipers, powered entrance seats with driver-side reminiscence, entrance seat heating and air flow, wi-fi cellphone charging, on and off-road drive modes (the latter solely within the AWD model), linked automotive tech with Alexa and Google Assistant help, and, in fact, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, albeit not wi-fi. There are USB ports for each rows of seats, however they’re kind A, not kind C.

2022 Hyundai Tucson engines, gearboxes and efficiency

An space the place not a lot has modified with the Tucson is its powertrains. As earlier than, you get a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol mated to a 6-speed torque-converter auto, and a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel mated to an 8-speed torque-converter auto, the latter getting the choice of AWD on the highest mannequin. This time, nevertheless, there aren’t any handbook gearboxes.

Hyundai estimates about 70 p.c of Tucson gross sales to be diesels, and with its headlining figures of 186hp and 416Nm, there’s lots to be enthusiastic about. It’s not the efficiency that strikes you first although; it’s the refinement, and whether or not at standstill or on the transfer, the engine stays nicely muted. The 8-speed auto is remarkably clean, ushering you off the road with none drama or jerkiness and hustling by means of its ratios seamlessly. You don’t get paddle shifters within the Tucson, however frankly, you don’t miss them, as a result of this gearbox could be very intuitive.

It is also as a result of, for all its energy, it’s not a high-strung or rev-happy powertrain, and as a substitute, prefers to be pushed in a relaxed trend; simply as nicely for a giant household SUV. Do you have to need to all of a sudden go three automobiles on a freeway although, there’s ample torque, and a fast downshift simply accessed with a fast faucet on the accelerator. There are drive modes – Eco, Regular, Sport and Good (adaptive) – however other than a slight spike in revs utilizing Sport, we didn’t discover too stark a distinction amongst them in both powertrain.

186hp turbo-diesel is refined and highly effective, with a intelligent 8-speed AT.

The petrol powertrain is much less convincing, and whereas it feels fairly sturdy within the Alcazar, within the bigger, heavier Tucson, it could really feel overwhelmed at instances, particularly out on the freeway. Its 156hp and 192Nm sound adequate, however what this old-school naturally aspirated engine is lacking is that sturdy mid-range slug of torque that one can find in its petrol rivals, all of which use turbochargers.

Strong high-speed stability makes the Tucson nice on the freeway.

Nonetheless, it manages nicely sufficient at low speeds and in metropolis confines, however an even bigger irritant right here is the 6-speed auto gearbox, which isn’t as fast or intelligent because the diesel’s 8-speed unit. There are sometimes delays earlier than a downshift or an upshift, leaving you both with an ungainly pause earlier than getting a transfer on, or at larger revs regardless that you haven’t flattened your foot. The latter state of affairs additionally ends in an disagreeable roar from the in any other case quiet petrol engine because it nears the higher finish of the tachometer. All issues thought-about, the Tucson’s petrol powertrain does its greatest work when pushed in an unhurried method.

2022 Hyundai Tucson trip, dealing with and suspension

Experience consolation was a energy of the earlier Tucson, and that continues right here. Using on huge, chunky 235/60 R18 wheels and tyres, the SUV has a assured stance, and is nicely geared to take in the sharp edges of potholes or craters. It’s best to know proper on the outset that the petrol Tucson is about up noticeably softer than the diesel, and, because of this, it takes on lower-speed highway imperfections simply that little bit higher, however can be vulnerable to extra physique motion and roll.

Not probably the most participating SUV, however mild manoeuvrable for its measurement.

General, regardless of which model you select, this can be a largely softly set-up SUV, and that’s simply as nicely for its supposed position. It’s nice round city, the place it rides authoritatively over potholes and steep velocity breakers, with little intrusion into the cabin. The suspension works silently too, with not more than a distant ‘thunk’ from the chunky tyres in the event you make contact a bit too exhausting. Like all Hyundais, the steering is good and lightweight, making for glorious city manoeuvrability.

Out on the freeway, the steering weighs up surprisingly nicely, permitting the Tucson to carry three-digit speeds with confidence. Out right here, the suspension, significantly within the diesel, retains issues composed, which, along with the steering and the refined powertrain, makes this an amazing freeway cruiser. As you might need guessed by now, the Tucson shouldn’t be a sporty dealing with SUV. The steering isn’t all that sharp or fast, and there’s a lot of physique roll within the corners, so it’s greatest to not try to push it to its absolute restrict.

New Hyundai Tucson value and verdict

With all of the developments the Tucson has made, its value has superior significantly too. The beginning value of Rs 27.70 lakh (ex-showroom) is sort of engaging, however you’re Rs 34.39 lakh for the top-spec diesel with AWD, which is greater than its key rivals – the Jeep Compass, Volkswagen Tiguan and Citroen C5 Aircross – of their top-spec guises. This form of is sensible, because the Alcazar – a really premium SUV in its personal proper – is knocking on the backside finish of this value vary, and, as a result of the Tucson packs in so very a lot.

Sharp rear design contains wiper hidden below roof spoiler.

Even past the intelligent tech like ADAS and all the opposite options, what you have got is a essentially well-sorted premium government SUV that’s acquired its fundamentals of house, consolation and robust powertrains good. Will the dramatic seems work in its favour? Nicely, this Tucson was the bestselling Hyundai globally in 2021, so absolutely the designers are on to one thing. Extra importantly, will it discover extra recognition in India than its predecessors, permitting Hyundai to maneuver confidently into significantly premium territory? We’ll have to attend and see, however the Tucson is an SUV that ticks nearly each field in its quest to be Hyundai’s flagship, and that seems like a system for fulfillment.

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