Juliet Reviews…The Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson has proved to be a very popular SUV in South Africa. It’s exterior facelift in 2018 added even more appeal to this already successful model. But what we have all been waiting for is the arrival of the new Tucson Sport.

It was first launched back in 2017 and it was an instant hit with dealers’ books filling quickly. Two years on and the facelifted one has finally reached us. “After the midlife upgrade of the Tucson, the time was ripe to create another Sport derivative, with mainly the same treatment as before, but with the attractive looks that came with the upgrade to the Tucson,” says Stanley Anderson, sales & operations director at Hyundai Automotive South Africa.

This Tucson Sport boasts bespoke black rims and body kit, giving it a somewhat sporty look. Inside is based on the top specification trim level, namely the Elite derivative. There isn’t anything sporty about the Tucson’s cabin, it is, in fact, similar to the other Tucson’s offered. You can expect features such as the floating 7-inch infotainment system that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, electric seat adjustment for driver and passenger, dual climate control, rear air vents, rear parking assist camera and rear-view camera. A panoramic sunroof rounds off the list.

The Sport is available in two derivatives: The petrol version with a 1,6-litre turbocharged engine, and a diesel version with a 2-litre turbocharged engine. The 1.6-litre produces 150 kW and 300 Nm while the 2.0-litre sees 150 kW and a whopping 460 Nm of torque. Media were allowed to try out both derivatives on Killarney Race Track in Cape Town and the majority preferred the 1.6-litre unit due to it being the more responsive and enjoyable of the two.

With the addition of the Sport, the Tucson range in South Africa now consists of nine derivatives with a choice between three engines – a naturally aspirated 2-litre petrol engine;  the turbocharged 1,6-litre petrol engine and the 2-litre turbocharged diesel – and three specification levels. All derivatives are front-wheel driven.

Apart from the Blind Spot Detection and Cross Traffic Alert (in the Executive, Elite and Sport versions), the Tucson is equipped with passive safety features such as dual front and side airbags (driver and front passenger) and curtain airbags that offer protection for rear passengers as well in all derivatives. Isofix latching points for child safety seats are also fitted to all Tucson derivatives.

Executive, Elite and Sport derivatives of the Tucson are also equipped with Vehicle Stability Management that keeps the car stable on wet, slippery or rough roads, as well as Hill-start Assist Control to prevent roll-back when pulling off against an incline.

Should you consider the Tucson Sport? I think there are many options at this price mark that might send customers looking elsewhere, but when you consider the warranty period, customers might just change their minds.

A 5 year/90 000 km service plan, 7-year/200 000 km warranty; and Roadside assistance for 7 years or 150 000 is standard.


Tucson 1.6 TGDI Sport (Dual Clutch Transmission) R654 900
Tucson R2.0 Sport Turbodiesel (automatic) R664 900

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