When laying eyes on its sales figures, one quickly finds that the Hyundai Tucson is not really a major player in its class. Several factors can explain this situation but one element seems to stand out: its torn identity. The model never seems to have found its axis of differentiation, something his cousin, the Kia Sportage has partly succeeded in doing. And if his new wine, completely overhauled, had accomplished the delicate mission?
The 2016 Tucson was resculpted respecting the second variant of the stylistic framework fluidic sculpture applied to recent Hyundai designs. His posture is more modern overall, adopting a smoother overall shape and affirmed that the older generation. It looks better sitting, beefier. Still, it does not mean original in its approach with its lines that vaguely resemble those of the Mazda CX-5, but you can not silence the marked progress aesthetically.
No doubt, Hyundai has greatly enhanced the interior design of its Tucson. The layout of the dashboard is airier and ergonomics has been enhanced down the ventilation system control module. Storage spaces could nevertheless be more numerous and voluminous. The assembly is neat and the materials used are of good quality. It notes that above all, it is the overall volume that is truly impressive. On this aspect, the Tucson now one of the most interesting offerings in the category.
UNDER THE HOOD
Hyundai is ahead here with two choices, two four-cylinder, including a turbocharged. This is the first, atmospheric and 2 L displacement which team delivered the test. What we noticed from the outset, it was his lack of breath. This mill 164 hp seems ill be combined with the weight still high of Tucson (1634 kg in this case). This results in acceleration and embarrassed times. Please do not throw the stone to the transmission. It does an exemplary job. She’s sweet and initiates the relationship with a good pace.
BEHIND THE WHEEL
We know that Hyundai has the capacity to produce fun car, the Genesis Coupe is proof. We can still apply this observation to Tucson. Sitting on a new chassis, the crossover exhibits a somewhat awkward behavior. Felt clumsy in turns with labeled body movements. Management, amorphous and not particularly accurate, accentuates this impression. Braking also should be reviewed. The unpleasant intervention of the ABS system greatly hardens the brake pedal pressed. However, we must emphasize that it is very comfortable, this Tucson.
THE EMBEDDED TECHNOLOGY
Hyundai has obviously incorporated into its 2016 Tucson the latest generation of the infotainment system. The Luxury version has an 8-inch touch screen and integrated GPS. Essentially, it’s a pretty user-friendly system. The screen responds quickly and menus are built logically enough. However, it can not be said beyond doubt that it is the best available. The Infinity audio system offers a satisfactory performance, with good depth and bass correct.
Hyundai Tucson has certainly improved its on most of its facets. We perceive a higher level of maturity and versatility stronger compared to the old model. Dynamically, however, this does not give rise to Tucson itself no particular emotion. He is content to do his job with indifference, but is positioned more precisely on the board. His populist approach may appeal to a range of buyers tempted by the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. However Forget the engine 2 L, too winded.
> From Space
The very open tailgate provides access to a rear trunk equally large 877 L.
> For adhesion
Tucson AWD can send up to 40% of torque to the rear on request, reflecting its setting not particularly sporty.
> To the sun
The panoramic roof available in the livery Luxe cut very open, making the most pleasant walks in the sun.
Want tow? The Tucson can tow a meager 680 kg when the trailer has brakes.
Accuracy: Contrary to what was previously indicated in this article, the Hyundai Tucson is not available with adaptive cruise control. Our apologies.
Version tested 2 L AWD Luxury
Price (with options, freight and delivery) 34 $ 859
Engine L4 DOHC 2 L
Power 164 hp at 6200 rev / min
Couple 151 lb-ft at 4000 rev / min
Transmission 6 speed automatic with manual mode
Drive Architecture Transverse engine front wheel drive
Consumption (EnerGuide) 10 L / 100 km
Direct competitors Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, GMC Terrain, Honda CR-V, Jeep Cherokee, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen Tiguan
New for 2016? New generation
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