Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson
  • Car model: Hyundai
  • Producing country: South Korea
  • Year of issue: 2004
  • Body Type: SUV

Hyundai Tucsonis the first compact crossover in the history of the company and the second representative of the “off-road class”. The vehicle is designed to reach a large target audience. The car possesses “universal” appearance, rich equipment and high safety.

The first model was released in 2004, and the last third generation was released in 2015. In 2018, the company Hyundai decided to update this crossover. In our article you will learn the history of the car Hyundai Tucson, as well as take a closer look at the latest generation. The whole model range is Hyundai.

I generation (2004-2009)

The South Korean automobile company Hyundai presented to the general public the compact parquet flooring of Hyundai Tucson of the 1st generation in 2004, and Russians could buy this model only in 2005. By the time of the official sale in our country, many car enthusiasts were going on a variety of tricks to get a new Korean crossover – imported the car bypassing dealers from the United States, Korea and European countries.

People were ready to go for it because “the Korean had affordable prices in the crossovers department, as well as a long warranty period, reliability and impressive equipment for his price tag. There was an electronic stability control system, an anti-lock braking system, electronic braking force distribution, traction control and six airbags, which included two-row passenger head protection curtains. Cheap is not always bad.

Hyundai Tucson I generation

It is this opinion that Tucson’s compact crossover was able to confirm and became the cheapest machine with this arsenal of security features. By that time, the SUV niche of the Korean company was represented only by Santa Fe. The name of the vehicle was given to it in continuation of the corporate tradition borrowed from the South American town of Arizona. Hyundai Tucson I is called a fairly well folded crossover with a clean profile and small overhangs, which shared the Elantrian base with Santa Fe and improved Kia Sportage.

Usually, the appearance of both huge and small SUVs has mixed reviews: someone welcomes a light sports relief, and others think that off-road car should be stupid, short and square. Despite the fact that Santa Fe and Tucson are built on a single platform, their style is very different, and it’s not just length.

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Hyundai Tucson 2004

For 2 debut years, the car actually looked like a smaller version of the older brother. Although in a way it was. The car was short, but not whimsical, got tight sides and sharp wings instead of wavy flanks of Santa Fe. In 2007, Hyundai Santa Fe received smooth and elegant features in the pursuit of Toyota RAV4 and Honda CIA-V. As for the Tucson, the model remained “chopped off”. The difference in dimensions also increased significantly.

Hyundai Tucson of the 1st generation was not aimed at serious lack of roads, but the small overhangs helped to overcome small obstacles. The long wheelbase and wide gauge had a positive effect on stability. All the Tucson trucks of the first family have 16-inch light alloy wheels. The wheels have five or six spokes, depending on which version.

Crossover from Korea is already in the basic configuration of the trunk on the roof and tinted glass. The rear part was tilted to rid Hyundai Tucson of the vertical van-like appearance of numerous off-road vehicles. It’s nice that the rear window can be opened separately from the luggage compartment main door. Although this window is not the most massive, it significantly increases the functionality during loading/unloading of small luggage.

For bold outdoor journeys (without fear of damaging the body), plastic protection has been placed on all sides of the crossover. Professionals have performed the painting of the body itself, so the car is not located to rust for 10 years. Corrosion appears only after the impact.

The interior of the debut Hyundai Tucson 2004 has a “hard” plastic, so the machine has many complaints from the owners of crickets (grind armrests, ventilation system deflectors, glove box and luggage compartment walls). After a short time, the manufacturer has eliminated these problems. If we speak for the machines of 2008, the owners sin only on “oak plastic, which does not squeak”.

Salon Hyundai TucsonInterior Hyundai TucsonThe trunk Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson interior

Inside, the “Korean” got a combination of leather and trim. In general, the salon turned out to be quite pleasant. Some people say that inside they copied a lot of things from Lexus RX I, but we can argue with this opinion. The cabin itself did not receive a variety of shapes and materials – most of them were given under even lines and gray “oak” plastic.

While the car seems to be a budget option, it has some interesting features, such as a plastic finish of the silver type center console and handle gearbox.

There are large elements of radio and climate control, placed high. This improves ergonomics, as there is no need to reach and distract from the control of Hyundai Tucson 1. The dashboard has three main instruments of solid parameters. The speedometer is surrounded by the tachometer and the remaining fuel gauge.

The steering wheel is comfortable, but it can only be adjusted in inclination. After August 2005, minor changes were made. “The device was painted black, chrome inserts were introduced on the central part and along the perimeter of the “ventilation” deflectors. As for the fabric upholstery, it became brighter. It turns out that the car was not a budget car anymore.

Despite the modest size, the Korean specialists were able to produce a spacious car inside, mainly for those sitting on the second row. The doors are solid, you can easily get into the car. The seat of the front passenger can be folded up, providing space for long things, or a comfortable table for the driver. The owner can enjoy the massive pockets placed on each of the 4 doors.

The central console has 2 cup holders. There are at least three 12-volt sockets in the trunk of the rear centre console for people sitting on the 2nd row of seats and in the front. The rear row has two cup holders in the armrest. The luggage compartment has 540 litres. The rear door opens well. The rear seats can be folded up and increased in volume (the rear seats can be folded up to 60/40 with a lever).

Motors for the machine are provided 2. This small list begins with a two-liter in-line 142 hp power unit with a 16-valve mechanism. In addition, there is a 2.7-liter six-cylinder V-shaped version, which produces 175 horsepower. The two-liter version works with 5-speed “mechanics” and 4-speed automatic transmission H-Matic. Only an automatic transmission is available for the 6-cylinder engines.

First generation Hyundai Tucson engine

It is still possible to take Hyundai Tucson of the 1st generation in the secondary market and many people prefer this machine. Generally speaking, the Tucson I is a “simplified” version of Santa Fe. Get a good version can be from $781000. And there will be a good equipment and full drive system.

II generation (2009-2015)

The second version of this compact South Korean car, in the version “for Europe”, became known as “ix35”. The Russian market introduced this model in 2010, and after 2013 the car was slightly updated in terms of appearance and technical component. Since 2015, the second generation has replaced the new car – Hyundai Tucson 3.

If to remember the history, for the first time “ix35” was presented at the motor show of German Frankfurt at the end of 2009. The model was planned to replace the debut Tucson family. After the appearance of the novelty on our territory, it was able to climb to the third position in the rating of the most sold compact crossovers in Russia.

Photo of car Tucson 2

The body is solid, the type is a station wagon. The appearance has significant changes that have affected the front part (the car got the actual optics), the radiator grille. The front bumper got an aggressive look. The rear part was equipped with new shapes, changed shape of glass. Now Hyundai Tucson of the 2nd generation received a spoiler. The side windows were slightly reduced. As for the wheels, they remained the same, with a diameter of 16 inches. The most expensive versions of the Korean crossover received 17-inch “rollers”.

Automobile of the second generation has a “unlicensed copy” in the form of a crossover from China JAC S5.

Side View Hyundai Tucson 2

The renovation was entrusted to the European Technical Centre Hyundai Motor Europe, located in Rüssels-heim. There is nothing ordinary here, as the most important market for this car is located in European countries. The novelty was sharpened just for European consumers. Cardinal differences in appearance are not found in Hyundai Tucson II. But there was no point in waiting for something else, as it was dangerous to change the appearance of a perfectly sold model earlier.

The design group from Europe only slightly tweaked the bumper lines, decided to update the grille and offered a new look of 17 – and 18-inch “rollers”. Changes in 2013 also affected the front and rear optics. Headlights received a stylish LED strip DHO, which carefully highlighted the upper line of optics.

Photo by Hyundai Tucson 2

Top-of-the-range equipment has a bi-xenon filling at its disposal. Rear lights were equipped with LEDs, which are very popular nowadays. The changes have not affected the size of the crossover. Clearance did not exceed 170 millimeters. The appearance of the second generation interior Hyundai Tucson has not changed dramatically. The finishing materials were of average quality. But the Korean engineering group has done a good job of handling the crossover.

The central console was made in the same style as Kia Sportage (familiar keys control multimedia system and “climate”). Only the dashboard slightly stands out. Already in a base complete set there is an air conditioner, a steering wheel with the amplifier, window lifters on all glasses, 2 airbags and function of heating of mirrors. The music system is modest and has a sound that is hard to call clean.

Hyundai Tucson 2

In general, the Hyundai Tucson 2 salon has good ergonomics. It was nice to know that the model now has a small innovation point plan. There are additional cup holders and new finishes. The boot still has 591 litres of useful space. If necessary, the rear seats are folded up, which gives you 1,436 litres of space. To the update of 2013, only two power versions were received for domestic customers – one was powered by gasoline and the other by diesel fuel.

However, another engine was then added – a simplified version of the diesel engine, which had previously proved itself well with European owners. It is noteworthy that the diesel lineup has been significantly improved, and the gasoline version has been replaced with a new generation engine. It turns out that our customers “ix35” will receive a 16-valve power plant of Nu division instead of the previously used Theta-II.

Tucson 2

The engine has a four-cylinder in-line arrangement with front transverse arrangement. The volume remained the same – 2.0 liters. The engines with direct fuel injection technology are offered for Europeans, that’s why such “engines” produce 163 horsepower. However, Russians receive only engines equipped with a distributed injection system, so the power will not exceed 150 “horses”, and the torsional forces are equal to 191 Nm.

Ecological theme of the car’s designers did not pass the side – the updated Hyundai Tucson 2 meets Euro-4 standards. This engine works either with the newest six-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. C “mechanics” engine consumes about 7.3 liters of gasoline from AI-95 and above. With the “machine” the demand is increased up to 7.4 liters per every hundred kilometers. All-wheel drive versions “eat” by 0.2 liters.

The new diesel version is considered to be the “junior” version. In reality, we already have a familiar turbocharged four-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine, which received a smaller boost. It has an in-line layout of cylinders and has a 16-valve gas distribution device and direct injection fuel system. The turbo diesel has been well worked on, focusing on increasing fuel economy.

For example, there is the technology of exhaust gas recirculation, which operates on the platform of the new eco-technology LP-EGR. The “Junior” produces 136 “horses”, and the top diesel version develops the previous 184 horsepower. There are no exact data on fuel consumption, but judging by the information of some sources from Europe, the 184 hp diesel version “eats” about 6.0 liters (before 7.1).

The diesel unit was synchronized with a 6-speed automatic box. Previously, the “older” diesel engine has always worked with an automatic transmission, but for a 136-horsepower one it is a new experience. Only a four-wheel drive system is available. The second generation received almost the same suspension structure as in the first crossover family. Koreans were only able to reconfigure the individual components and replace some of the silent blocks. Otherwise, the previous mechanisms.

Photo Hyundai ix35

The load-bearing body is connected to an independent suspension platform on a McPherson-type platform, where there is also a stabilizer for lateral stability. The top 2 generation Hyundai Tucson models have adjustable dampers with adjustable stiffness. The steering wheel has received a new system Flex Steer, which controls the operation of electric amplifier “steering wheel” and allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the steering wheel and gear ratio. This technology operates in 3 basic modes: Normal, Comfort and Sport.

All Korean wheels have disc brakes (front – ventilated). All-wheel drive system has a multi-disc clutch and electromagnetic control. Besides, there is a function of forced blocking with further automatic switching-off at acceleration up to 40 kilometers per hour.

The second generation car was considered one of the safest cars in its niche. That’s why the model has already earned a solid award “Top Safety” from IIHS and 5 honest stars at Euro NCAP crash-tests. In terms of adult safety, the car scored 90 percent and the child 88 percent. After the modernization in 2013, the developers managed to strengthen their leadership by upgrading the vehicle safety system to almost ideal.

But you can feel all the charms of technology only on the expensive design, as the basic modifications have only front airbags and standard electronic systems ABS, EBD and so on. After restyling, the Russian market has received an abundance of versions to choose from. Now there are new equipment: Start, Comfort, Trave and Prime. Interestingly, some of this list received an additional version with Advanced and Style packages.

As of 2015, the starting performance was estimated at 1,142,900 p.p. To install the all-wheel drive system and the automatic box, it was necessary to pay an additional 157,000. The top version cost from 1,468,900 ppm and had a leather interior, engine start button, Flex Steer system, window tinting, helm heating function, bi-xenon headlights, etc.

III generation (2015-2018)

The third generation of the Hyundai Tucson crossover was demonstrated in spring (March) 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show. The beautiful car was able to assemble a stylish and high-quality salon, current specifications and advanced equipment. The novelty surpassed the previous car in all parameters – it became larger, more beautiful, powerful and technologically advanced.

Exterior Tucson III

External transformations include revised dimensions and more aggressive features that give the Korean crossover a sporty and confident quality. Hyundai Tucson’s 3rd generation bodywork was produced using the latest generation of high strength steel. It is able to deform during a collision, which leads to lower impact energy. This reduces damage to the owner and passengers.

Hyundai Tucson III has an enlarged trapezoidal radiator grille, “grown” in width chrome-plated shape, which provides the appearance of the parquet flooring large horizontal ribs. The front bumper is equipped with a clear relief of spectacular rib punches. Modified fogging phrases and thin strips of DXO LED type, head optics, which received more convex and elongated shapes that create the effect of a kind of “expressive look underneath.

Photo by Hyundai Tucson III

The tilt of the front post has been reduced. The designers decided to narrow the top line, which went upwards, to the rear of the windows, which only had a good effect on the vehicle’s aerodynamics. The side part increased in volume of the hood and the sides of the body. Machine has massive wheel arches and rims with different appearance and diameter – from 16 to 19 inches on the premium versions of Hyundai Tucson 2015.

The new look of Hyundai Tucson 2016-2017 was made in the style of such a popular car as the new Santa Fe. It is hard not to notice the stylish punches placed on the doors, as well as bloated wheel arches. The air resistance is only 0.33 Cx, which is a very good result for the crossover. The rear of the crossover has a massive boot door and wide, long aft LED flashlights.

The side windows finish with a compact spoiler on the luggage compartment door. Koreans have equipped the Hyundai Tucson 3 with a neat bumper with a diffuser and trapezoidal exhaust pipes. The buyer can choose a car in one of the 11 body painting options available.

Looking at the third-generation machines (before the upgrade), it is noticeable that they are radically different from their predecessor. The crossover no longer has “Asian features”, but has a modern and stylish appearance, and does not lose out on external data to its classmates.

Interior Tucson III

The third generation interior has also been changed. The specialists changed the central console, the appearance and location of the ventilation system deflectors, added several control keys, corrected the display and the control system as a whole. Hyundai Tucson 3 has a progressive digital device panel, successfully assembled with a console that has an 8-inch touch screen and multimedia center.

The device itself received two bright devices with high readability of data under any conditions. Between them there was a display of the “onboard computer”. There is a fairly large control unit with climate control and a neat, comfortable multifunctional steering wheel with quick control keys. Inside the Korean crossover, only high quality materials – pleasant and expensive plastic – were used for finishing. The leather received a shade of Wine Red on the seats and door inserts.

The use of the softer blue light was a pleasure. Top-of-the-range equipment has a panoramic roof. The Infinity premium music system is used. It’s a good thing that the steering wheel has a heating function, so it’s much more pleasant to hold it in your hand. According to the manufacturers’ words, the front seats are more comfortable and the cushions are longer.

Forward mounted seats have a heating and ventilation function. For rear passengers there is also a function of heating and adjustment of seats (there are air ducts).

The interior is simple but elegant. Any detail is located in its place. As the novelty “has grown”, passengers now feel the increased space and comfort. 5 adults can be accommodated freely. Modern equipment only adds comfort.

The luggage compartment has been slightly reduced to 488 litres. If necessary, this data can be increased by removing the rear seats “in the floor”, which will provide 1,478 liters of useful space. The underground compartment has a spare wheel and repair kit. The electric drive of the boot door increases convenience and practicality.

Specifications Tucson III

Powertrain III generation

The list of engines that are available for Russians has 3 copies of gasoline and diesel engines. Gasoline basic engine is considered to be 150 hp, 2.0-liter Nu MPi D-CVVT, producing 192 Nm of torque. The engine is installed on 5 different modifications, which are front and four-wheel drive.

Next comes a 1.6-liter, 177-horsepower Gamma Turbo-GDi D-CVVT engine, which already produces 265 Nm. There are 4 available modifications. The diesel side is represented by a 2.0-liter 185 hp CRDi engine, which has 400 Nm of torque. It only works with the all-wheel drive system.

Hyundai Tucson 2016 Engine

The maximum speed does not exceed 182-201 kilometers per hour. The first hundred is achieved by the Korean 3rd generation crossover in 9.1-11.8 seconds. Consume such engines from 6.3 to 7.9 liters of fuel for every 100 kilometers.

Transmission III generation

Three gearboxes are provided. It is a 6-speed manual or automatic, as well as 7-speed robotic gearbox with 2 clutches. Hyundai Tucson III 2016 is powered by either a front axle or a plug-in four-wheel drive. In normal circumstances, the torque is transmitted to the front wheels, but thanks to the electro-hydraulic clutch, the torque can be divided by a ratio of 50:50.

Chassis III generation

The third family of Hyundai Tucson stands out due to its smooth running, increased controllability and is no longer similar to the previous “simple” car. During the presentation of the car, representatives of the company announced a significantly improved car base. The crossover is based on the same platform as KIA Sportage, which has undergone modernization and is no longer similar to the frame of previous cars.

Thanks to the new load-bearing structure, the specialists were able to increase the space inside the machine and find a golden mean between the convenient location of passengers and the size of the luggage compartment. The McPherson Independent Spring Suspension is used as a suspension system at the front and an independent multilever at the rear, which also has a transverse stabilization system.

Employees were able to make the suspension softer. McPherson shock absorber rods became thicker, and the stern rack levers lengthened. The novelty has electric power steering and disc brakes (front ventilated) with the addition of electronic auxiliary systems such as ABS, ESP and others.

Safety Tucson III

The new version of Hyundai Tucson continues to raise the security bar. SUV is equipped:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), which is designed to protect the wearer from any probable impact. This technology is able to apply the braking system earlier than the driver by using an upgraded radar and cameras that protect the driver and passengers, even when the driver is not looking at the roadway;
  • Blindsight System (BSD) – the technology is able to inform the owner of the risk from all sides and to monitor with sensors that detect the approach of cars in the blind areas on the sides or behind your car;
  • System that can track marking lines (LKAS). It can slightly change the position of the “hand wheel” to prevent it from accidentally leaving the band;
  • Swivelamp auxiliary lighting (SBL). This technology improves safety in the dark with the help of additional illumination lamps, improving visibility during maneuvers.

Also included are 6 airbags, tire pressure monitoring technology, electronic parking brakes, Downhill Assist Technology (DBC) or Mountain Assist Technology (HAC). The car is made of particularly high-strength steel (AHSS) and is hot stamped, which increases the rigidity of the body. Koreans have not forgotten to equip their novelty with dynamic stabilization system (VSM) and traction control during turning (ATCC).

Comparison with competitors

The main opponent is still KIA Sportage (updated version). This is partly due to the fact that Hyundai was created “according to the drawings” of KIA. In addition, Ford Kuga, Honda CR-V, “noopener noreferrer”>Toyota RAV4, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan X-Trail and Chery Tiggo 5.

Hyundai Tucson III restyling (2018-present)

Already in April 2018, during the international New York City Motor Show, the company showed an updated all-terrain vehicle Hyundai Tucson 3. This version received a “refreshed” look, revised interior and the latest equipment. The model has long been a leader in the top sales of crossovers in our country, so this update should only add confidence to the Korean car.


Initially, when buying a car, the appearance is striking. If you look at it remotely, it feels as if designers retouched bumper and headlights a little bit, but if you look closer, you realize that there are much more changes. Ahead there is a high smooth hood, emphasized by the LED optics of a narrow profile.

DHO always have only LED filling, and diode optics with washers are only in the performance of Lifestyle. The central part has an aggressive style of a new chrome grille. Chrome is present only in expensive complete sets, the regular car possesses a silver plastic edging.

Updated Hyundai Tucson III generation

The massive bumper upgraded Hyundai Tucson 2018-2019 has more muscular shapes, stylish fog lights, installed as standard, as well as a small plastic protection. The Hyundai Tucson 2019 side part has expanded arches and changed the style of the upper aerodynamic line. The line at the top starts from the front arch, extends over the door handles, and near the rear handle is divided into 2, flowing into the upper and central part of the stern optics.

The presence of chrome on the door handle should be expected only in the top versions, as well as the lower edging of the glass. The height of the ground clearance is 182 millimeters, which should be enough for a regular SUV. The buyer can choose wheels with sizes from 17 – 19 inches, which will receive the original drawing. The back of the Korean restyled crossover has a more familiar but retouched optics.

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The design team decided to change the style of the optics, so they got smoother lines, which are a little narrower, as if giving some aggression. The luggage compartment door has been swollen, and the bumper now looks more flat. Electric rear door drive will be only in expensive versions of the new Hyundai Tucson 3. The exhaust system is represented by double trapezoidal connections.

It turns out that such changes are serious. There are many changes and they all give a fresh look. The car will be easier to stand out among the urban traffic of cars, and the aggressive style of the company will allow to interest the young generation of drivers, and at the same time not to scare away adults.


As for the interior architecture, it remained intact, one style of the interior became more modern. There is a torpedo panel distributed over two areas, which already looks more inflated and muscular. Some of the equipment has received the central part of the cladding under the carbon fiber. Hyundai Tucson 3 chairs have not been changed. The basic equipment received mechanical adjustments and fabric cladding.

More expensive equipment has leather and electrical adjustments. It is nice that you can choose the color of the fabric or leather (there is a presence of black and beige color). The interior mirror has been changed, and the seats have received minor improvements in the contour. The inside of the Korean restyled crossover has a strict, classic and modern design. Everything is perfect in terms of ergonomics.

Salon of Hyundai Tucson 3

The changes did not affect the three-spoke steering wheel, which has leather trim and control keys of the multimedia system. Slightly transformed “dashboard”. All the same, it has the same 2 mechanical circles and clear screen “onboard computer” in the center, designed for 4.2 inches. The console, located in the center, has the newest screen of multimedia installation, placed at the top and received 8 inches.

This system works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Underneath it you can see a familiar block of a separate climatic system with a display and washers on the sides. The tunnel has been changed, and a wireless charging platform for the smartphone has been installed in front of the gearshift handle. The tunnel has a gearbox handle, two cup holders and several keys to select the driving mode.

Hyundai Tucson trunk

Interior updated Hyundai Tucson 3 has an abundance of different capacities and shelves to keep the right things. The back part has an ordinary sofa with enough space. There is a folding armrest with 2 cupholders. You can use the built-in USB-connector for your purposes. As a separate option, a massive panorama is installed on the roof, which is mostly enjoyed by passengers sitting on the rear sofa.

Luggage compartment has not changed. The initial condition has 488 liters, and if you fold the back sofa, the volume will increase to 1478 liters of usable space. The “hold” of Hyundai Tucson 2018-2019 placed a full-size “spare” and repair kit. In terms of interior decoration, the “Korean” can “fight” even with more famous crossovers. However, the basic equipment has received too simple equipment.



The third family of Hyundai Tucson 2019 in Russia received 3 engines to choose from and the same number of transmissions, as well as a couple of types of drive. The basic one is a gasoline 2.0-liter four-cylinder power plant, which received a system of distributed power supply. All this allows to develop “engine” of about 150 “horses” and 192 Nm. The first hundred is achieved in 10.3-11.8 seconds, and the maximum value does not exceed 180-186 kilometers per hour. Such engine consumes 7.9-8.3 liters of gasoline in the combined cycle.

The engine of the new Hyundai Tucson 3

The most powerful gasoline engine has a volume of 1.6 litres, as well as turbocharging and direct fuel supply. It produces 177 horsepower and 265 Nm of rotational force. The speed limit is 201 km/h, and acceleration to 100 km/h takes only 9.1 seconds. According to the passport, this option “eats” 7.5 liters of gasoline.

The Hyundai Tucson 2019 model year also received a 2.0-liter diesel engine with “direct” injection and turbine, which has 185 horsepower and 400 Nm of thrust. The 100 km/h arrow will be achieved in 9.5 seconds, and the crossover is accelerated no more than 201 kilometers per hour. The power unit requires 6 liters of diesel fuel for 100 kilometers.


The 2.0-litre power plant is equipped with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. The drive can be transmitted to the front wheels or all four wheels. As for the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, it is synchronized with the 7-range robotic gearbox with 2 clutches and all-wheel drive system. Diesel version 2.0-liter only works with the new 8-speed automatic transmission.

The all-wheel drive system on the restyled crossover was implemented according to the known scenario – the torque for the rear wheels is selected by electro-hydraulic clutch, which regulates the number of torque on the front and rear axles. In a simple situation, it distributes torque from 100/0 to 60/40. It is good that the clutch can be forcibly closed by dividing the torque “honestly” between the axles.


For the basis of the new Tucson 2019, a well-modernized “trolley” from the previous model was used, where there is a transversely placed “engine” with an independent suspension on two axles. McPherson’s racks are also needed in front of the “multilevers”, which have a stabilizer on the rear wheels.

The new crossover is controlled easily and clearly with the help of a rack and pinion core device, which comes with an electric amplifier with variable data. The brake system is represented by disk (front ventilated) brakes, cooperating with modern electronic systems – ABS, EBD, ESP and others.


Hyundai Tucson has always been a security guard for his passengers and the last generation was no exception. The model has:

  • Braking before an obstacle in automatic mode. Electronics can calculate data through the front camera;
  • Function that diagnoses the situation on the road through the front camera. The system can automatically stop the vehicle when it leaves the parking lot if it detects a moving vehicle;
  • Basic monitoring of blind areas;
  • Switching the lighting to the dipped beam when the oncoming car appears automatically;
  • Adaptive cruise;
  • Lane control.

Such systems, as well as the presence of a strong bodywork and 6 airbags, helped the novelty to win the highest rating in Euro NCAP – 5 stars. Similar modern technologies are found in Hyundai Santa Fe.

Complections and prices of updated Hyundai Tucson

The price policy of the updated Hyundai Tucson 2019 model year has slightly increased. We offer an abundance of equipment, so you can find more information on the official website of the company. The Russian market has six complete sets – Primary, Family, Lifestyle, Dynamic, High-Tech and High-Tech plus. Starterly variant is estimated not less than $21852,38 and possesses:

  • Conditioner;
  • Tire pressure sensor;
  • “Cruise”;
  • “Rollers” designed for 17 inches;
  • Tissue cladding on the inside of the car;
  • The leather steering wheel;
  • Fogging optics;
  • Function of seat heating;
  • Light sensor;
  • Audio system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth.

Hyundai Tucson 2018

The most top version will cost at least $32630,18. High-Tech Plus version has:

  • Technology for tracking blind areas;
  • High Start Assistant;
  • Technology that can prevent collisions;
  • Separate “climate”;
  • Adaptive cruise;
  • Rear camera;
  • Key access;
  • Electric seat adjustment;
  • Rear luggage door electric drive;
  • 19-inch ice rinks
  • The leather interior;
  • Alarmchair ventilation function;
  • Hook with panorama;
  • Rain sensor;
  • LED optics;
  • Media and navigation system, 8 inch diagonal.

Updated Tucson III – Comparison with competitors

Based on the technical and operational characteristics of the compact crossover Hyundai Tussa 2019, the machine is brought to a single level of quality with the same type of cars of other European and Asian companies. The most direct competitors are Renault Koleos, Volkswagen Tiguan, Honda CR-V, Nissan Qashqai and Toyota RAV4.

Owner Reviews

Judging by the feedback from the owners, Hyundai Tussan, the car has a beautiful and pleasant appearance, practicality and good road clearance. Among the advantages are reliability, pleasant and comfortable interior, good suspension and high level of safety. Many people prefer Tucson when choosing a crossover.

I am pleased with the LED optics and lighting during turns. There is the necessary dynamics, keyless access to the car, soft suspension, a solid volume of luggage compartment and the ability to adjust the tilt of the back sofa.

Many car owners of Hyundai Tucson 3 generation do not like the lack of noise insulation of wheel arches, not the largest trunk, not always enough power with cheaper engines and lack quality side support. Also the car consumes a lot of fuel, there are no gas stops of the hood cover.

As for the updated version of Hyundai Tucson 2018-2019 model year, only time will show how the “machine” behaves on our roads. Although, taking into account the experience of previous models, the novelty should show itself from the best side.

Pluses and minuses

Pluses cars

  • Stylish and modern appearance;
  • Lots of all kinds of stampings and unusual lines;
  • Actual LED optics;
  • Turn illumination for this maneuver;
  • Appceptable ground clearance height;
  • Wide wheel arches with no less than 19 inches large wheels;
  • Improved interior in terms of finishing materials;
  • Nice and sound assembly;
  • Comfortable multifunctional steering wheel;
  • Multimedia and navigation system color display;
  • Perfect ergonomics;
  • Lots of free space;
  • Good overview;
  • Improved manageability;
  • Soft suspension;
  • New 8-step automatic box;
  • Wheel drive system;
  • Personal safety;
  • Many electronic assistants;
  • High comfort level.

Cons of a car

  • Soundproofed;
  • Small volume of luggage compartment;
  • Electric drive of the front seats (top version only);
  • Not all engines have enough power to drive safely;
  • Pretty poor basic equipment
  • Not very practical to set up a color display sticking out above the torpedo;
  • High fuel consumption.

We sum up

Summing up the updated Korean crossover Hyundai Tucson 3, only pleasant impressions remain. The company’s management was well aware that the prerestyling version was successful, so they did not change it cardinally, but only carefully improved it. The novelty has a pleasant and stylish appearance, the most modern lighting with LED optics, stylish wheel rims and good height.

Inside, the customer will be pleased with the improved interior, ergonomics and free space, which is enough in the car. It is necessary to tell about a panoramic roof, set of electronic assistants and excellent level of safety. The car can be safely advised to family people. Tucson can be used not only in the city, but also on rough terrain. Partly, thanks to a good suspension and four-wheel drive system.

But not all power units have enough power for a confident ride. After the next update, the Korean company Hyundai will be able to continue to fight for the respect of motorists even with more famous European and Asian companies. How will the novelty of 2018 show itself? It will show only time, but one thing is known – Koreans are eager to fight actively for the buyer and are serious about it. Updated Hyundai Tucson III is a great “weapon” in their hands.

We advise you to read the article: Hyundai Motor Company History

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