It success is sure to improve further though with the introduction of two new diesel Tucson variants. I attended the launch of the oil burner range recently.
Two diesel models
The Tucson range as of the end of November will be available with two diesel motors. At launch, we were only able to sample the refreshed 1.7-litre diesel motor with a six-speed manual box. The motor now produces 85kW/280Nm thanks to some fettling.
Driving the vehicle proved to be far more pleasant than I had expected. There is more than enough torque on tap while the motor itself isn’t as gruff as one might expect, it’s all quite effortless.
Although I must admit, the market demands automatic transmissions these days, so perhaps the appeal of this model is limited being exclusively available with a manual gearbox. I did manage to achieve around 6.9 litres/100km with very little effort, which I feel is impressive real world consumption. The second diesel is more familiar, displacing two litres and producing 131kW/400Nm. This motor is coupled to a six-speed automatic gearbox which drives the front wheels.
Styling and specification
The Tucson 1.7 CRDi Executive has 17-inch alloy wheels with a specification that matches the other Executive models in the range. The 2.0 Elite automatic runs on the same 18-inch alloy wheels as the 1.6 T-GDI Elite AWD DCT.
Both model benefit from electrically operated front seats,dual zone automatic climate control system, rear air vents, glove box cooling, cruise control, multifunction steering wheel, a rear view camera and a small 3.8-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth/iPod/USB/AUX connectivity and a six-speaker sound system.
There is an eight-inch touch screen infotainment system available which is a R15 000 option. The system comes with sat nav, USB Mirrior Link, HDMI/Bluetooth/iPod/USB/AUX compatibility and four 40-watt MOS-FET amplifier.
The Tucson range needed the addition of diesel models in my opinion. While the 2.0 litre provides fuss-free reliable motoring and the 1.6 turbo a bit more performance zest, both weren’t exactly the most efficient things out there. The oil burners bring a new dimension to the range, offering a product that is now as fuel efficient as its rivals while still offering a great value proposition.
Service plan and warranty
Both models get a five-year/150 000 km manufacturer’s warranty, an additional new seven-years/200 000 km drivetrain warranty as well as a five-year/90 000 km service plan for cars with the 15 000km service intervals.
The 1.7 diesel gets a five- year/120 000km service plans as its service intervals are 30 000 km.
Tucson 2.0 Premium - R369 900
Tucson 2.0 Premium AT - R389 900
Tucson 2.0 Elite AT - R454 900
Tucson 1.6 T-GDi Executive - R439 900
Tucson 1.6 T-GDi Elite DCT AWD - R519 900
Tucson 1.7 CRDi Executive - R439 900
Tucson 2.0 CRDi Elite AT - R519 900