Hyundai Tucson
(2016 - 2020)

  • Superb ride quality and refinement
  • Good interior space
  • Good levels of technology
  • Excellent value for money
  • Engines could do with more power (especially 2.0L petrol)
  • No read AC vents in certain models
  • Some models lack safety tech
Overview

Marking a big change for Hyundai both in terms of design and overall fit and finish quality, the third-generation Hyundai Tucson launched in 2016 with two petrol engines and one diesel, along with 6-speed manual, 6-speed auto and 7-speed dual-clutch auto transmissions.

The Australian range was primarily available with four different trim levels (details listed below) and the Tucson received a mid-life update in 2018, featuring a new headlight design and daytime running lights, along with a new grille featuring a splash of chrome. The back end became neater with reshaped lights, however it was the interior that was most substantially refreshed and redesigned. The infotainment system became dashboard-mounted and improvements were made to the quality of materials and overall levels of technology and equipment.

2020 saw another update with the levels of safety equipment improved as well as additions to each trim level’s list of equipment.

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What goes wrong
  • Thanks to Hyundai’s superb warranty and excellent build and quality control, any common issues or faults are currently repaired under warranty
  • There are reports of rear door locking mechanisms glitching, however this should have been sorted under warranty
  • There have been occasional issues with CVT transmissions, again this should have been sorted under warranty
Model range, pricing and features

Active

  • Price when new: $27,990 - $35,090
  • Price used: $14,500 - $31,000

The base spec Active was offered with either a 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder driving the front wheels via either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission or a 2.0-litre turbo diesel with all-wheel drive and an automatic as standard.

The Active offers great value for money but we’d recommend spending just a little more and climbing the Tucson ladder to a higher spec.

Standard features:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Manual air conditioning
  • LED daytime lights
  • 7.0-inch colour touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Apple Carplay
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • Roof rails
  • Reverse camera
  • Six airbags
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill start assist
  • ABS
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability control
  • Reverse parking sensors
  • USB and auxiliary connectivity
  • Autonomous emergency braking (from 2020)
  • Lane-keep assist (from 2020)
  • Driver attention warning (from 2020)
  • Forward collision warning (from 2020)
  • Leather-appointed steering wheel and gearshift (from 2020)
  • One-touch up/down window (from 2020)

Go

  • Price when new: $28,150 - $35,950
  • Price used: $25,000 - $33,000

Replacing the Active for only a year, the Go marked the base spec of the facelifted MY19 Tucson until it was replaced by the Active in 2020.

The Go was fitted with the 2.0 GDi petrol and six-speed manual as standard with front-wheel drive, with a six-speed automatic available for the base engine, along with the 2.0 CRDi and eight-speed auto with all-wheel drive.

Like the Active, we’d recommend looking further up the Tucson ladder.

Go adds:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • SmartSense package (Optional, incl AEB, low and high speed, with pedestrian and cyclist detection), blind spot collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane keeping assistant, high beam assistant, radar cruise control and a driver attention warning.)
  • Safety Pack (Optional adds high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control with stop/go, dual-zone climate control, an electronic park brake, exterior puddle lights, and a cooled glovebox).
  • New 7.0-inch infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Front and rear fog-lights
  • LED daytime-running lights
  • Automatic headlights

Active X

  • Price when new: $30,490 - $40,440
  • Price used: $15,000 - $36,000

Like the Go, the next-level ActiveX was available with the 2.0 GDi petrol FWD in six-speed manual or six-speed auto trims, and the 2.0 CRDi AWD and eight-speed auto, but adds some creature comforts and extra equipment.

Active X adds:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Leather-appointed seat trim
  • Electric folding and heated side mirrors
  • Matte grey exterior highlights
  • SmartSense active safety suite (Optional from 2019 on automatic models)
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen with inbuilt satellite navigation (from 2019)
  • DAB+ digital radio (from 2019)
  • USB port in the second row (from 2019)
  • iPhone application that allows remote connectivity to the car (from 2019)
  • Eight-speaker Infinity audio system (from 2019)
    Tyre pressure monitoring (from 2019)

Elite

  • Price when new: $35,240 - $43,500
  • Price used: $18,000 - $37,000

The mid-spec Elite is offered with both 2.0-litre engine options plus a more modern 1.6-litre turbocharged four cylinder with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive. The Elite trim also adds extra features and equipment.

Elite adds:

  • LED headlights
  • Electric adjustment for the driver’s seat
  • Dual-zone air conditioning
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • 8.0-inch multimedia system with sat nav
  • Hands-free powered tailgate
  • Electric park brake
  • SmartSense Safety Pack as standard (from 2019)
  • Rain-sensing wipers (from 2019)
  • Privacy glass (from 2019)
  • Luggage net (from 2019)

Special Edition

  • Price when new: $37,750 - $46,150
  • Price used: $28,000 - $35,000

Based on the Elite specification and slotting between the Elite and flagship Highlander in the line-up, the Special Edition adds several equipment items normally reserved for the Highlander.

Special Edition adds:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels with Continental ContiSportContact 5 tyres
  • 360-degree camera system
  • Front parking sensors
  • Trailer stability assist
  • Electrochromic rear-view mirror
  • Solar control glass
  • Black cloth headliner

Highlander

  • Price when new: $43,490 - $49,150
  • Price used: $23,000 - $45,990

The range-topping Highlander was only available with the 1.6-litre turbo petrol or 2.0-litre turbo diesel engines and features the full range of Tucson features and equipment.

Highlander adds:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Cooled glovebox
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • LED tail-lights
  • Automated emergency braking
  • Front parking sensors
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind spot warning
  • LED headlights with static bending lights (from 2019)
  • Front parking sensors (from 2019)
  • Powered passenger seat (from 2019)
  • Upgraded 4.2-inch driver’s display (from 2019)
  • Heated steering wheel (from 2019)
  • Matte-grey front and rear skid plates (from 2019)
  • iPhone app allows start/stop/lock/unlock and pre-warm the vehicle (from 2019)

 

Should you buy it?

While the Tucson may not be the most exciting SUV on the market and it may not offer the same levels  panache of its European rivals, the Tucson is just an intelligent choice.

Many Tucson still have some factory warranty remaining so if something were to go wrong, Hyundai will most likely be there to handle any concerns under warranty.

Add to that the fact the Tucson is supremely practical, is generously loaded with tech and safety features, is wearing very well and in general is an absolute joy to drive, why wouldn’t you buy a Tucson?

Yes, we highly recommend the Hyundai Tucson.

Warranty & servicing

Warranty:

5-year/unlimited kilometre warranty

Servicing:

12 months/10,000km

Tech specs

Body style:

  • 5-door SUV

Engine & outputs:

  • 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol (Active, Go, Active X, Elite)
  • 1.6-litre turbocharged four cylinder petrol (Elite, Special Edition, Highlander)
  • 2.0-litre turbo diesel (Go, Active, Active X, Elite, Special Edition, Highlander)

Power:

  • 122kW (2.0L four-cylinder petrol)
  • 130kW (1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder petrol)
  • ​​136kW (2.0L turbo diesel)

Torque:

  • 205Nm (2.0L four-cylinder petrol)
  • 265Nm (1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder petrol)
  • 400Nm (2.0L turbo diesel)

Transmissions:

  • 6-speed manual front-wheel-drive (2.0L four-cylinder petrol)
  • 6-speed automatic front-wheel-drive (2.0L four-cylinder petrol)
  • 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission all-wheel drive (1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder petrol)
  • 8-speed automatic all-wheel drive (2.0L turbo diesel)

Fuel use:

  • 6.4L – 7.9L/100km (combined and depending on variant)

Dimension:

  • Height: 1660mm
  • Length: 4480mm
  • Width: 1850mm
  • Kerb weight: 1508kg – 1584kg (depending on variant)
Disclaimer

Information correct as of September 10, 2021.

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