The company decided to rename the car when they gave it a complete overhaul not so long ago. We liked the changes and it turns out that the judges of the South African Car of The Year awards shared our thought, as the Tucson has been nominated as a finalist.
So what does the new Tucson offer that would sway the judges in its favour? Well, we decided to take a closer look at some aspects of the car that we really like.
First and foremost, the all-new Tucson design concept incorporates a sleek, urban style combined with elements of typical SUV ruggedness. The front is dominated by a hexagonal grille, which connects with the LED headlamps to create a distinctive identity.
At the rear, the Tucson's personality is reinforced by strong horizontal lines flowing from the wheel arches. The combination lamps and reflectors are stretched to the body edges to further underline the bold proportions, with the rear skid plate and twin exhaust adding a sporty touch.
New soft-touch, high-quality materials have been introduced across the cabin surfaces. This in turn creates a refined cabin ambience. The new horizontal layout of the centre console conveys the car's elegance while increasing the feeling of roominess.
According to Hyundai, the interior has undergone extensive ergonomic testing to ensure ease of use and a "pleasant and sensuous experience". There are also a number of clever convenience and connectivity features which add refinement to the cabin and enhance the on-board experience.
With all seats upright, the luggage area is 1 030 mm wide, 889 mm deep and 806 mm tall, delivering up to a substantial 513-litres of capacity. This increases to a maximum of 1 503-litres with the rear seats folded.
Practicality is boosted by a lower boot-sill height, two-level boot floor and a storable cargo screen. It also offers 1 900 kg of braked towing capacity, which means that it beats out key rivals from Ford, Chevrolet, Renault and Nissan.
Under the bonnet of our test unit which we had a few months ago, was a 1.6-litre turbo engine. The engine works well in the SUV application, with 130 kW / 265Nm providing more than enough in the way of overtaking ability and straight line grunt. It will get you to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds.