The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

We loved this fabulous family car!

Starting price: £21,641

Pros

Lots of storage

3 child seats on rear bench

Luxurious interior

Boot size

Cons

Small door bins

Intro

The Hyundai Tucson has won a staggering 8 awards at the “Carbuyer Best Car Awards 2022” including Car of the Year, Best Family Car and Best Hybrid, so we couldn’t wait to have a look!

What can we say – we were not disappointed, it’s a fabulous car!  There are 5 trim levels; SE Connect, N Line, N Line S, Premium and Ultimate.  We drove the mild hybrid entry trim; SE Connect in automatic.  It’s worth noting if you select the mild hybrid, the starting price jumps to £29,110. The drive was smooth and easy, and it could move when we put our foot down!  As it’s an SUV, the seat position is nice and high, meaning you have great visibility of the road.

Move up a trim to the N Line and you’ll gain keyless entry and for cruise control, you’ll need to go for the Premium.

Interior

Wow, wow, wow!  The interior of the Tucson is just plain fabulous.  As soon as we sat in the driver’s seat, we felt like we were driving a superior car.  It’s sleek and stylish and clearly been well thought through.  The dashboard is not straight across the car but has more of a “soft look” that almost surrounds you. It consists of 2 very large 10.25 inch screens, one behind the steering wheel with the speedometer and rev counter digitally displayed, and the other providing the infotainment system in the centre of the dashboard.  We love these larger screens; they make using the controls so much easier.  The buttons on the central touchscreen are simple to manipulate and you’re able to navigate through the available options with ease.  It also includes smartphone integration, allowing you to access your phone’s apps.

Underneath this, you’ll find the dual climate control, which again consists of flush buttons that are easy to use.  The air vents in the front are what give the car it’s comforting feel.  They follow the contour of the dashboard and gently add to the soft touch of the interior.  Hyundai are surrounding you with warmth and it just feels lovely!  Select the Ultimate trim and you’ll gain air con (3 zone climate control) in the back for the kiddies too.

You’ll have no problems parking the Tucson.  The large, retractable mirrors provide great visibility and the SE Connect has rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera that is crystal clear on the screen.  However, move up to the Premium trim and you’ll gain front parking sensors.  If a 360° camera is on your “must have” list, an “Around View Monitor” is available when purchasing the Ultimate trim and Ultimate tech pack for an additional £1,500. It is a shame it’s an additional extra as on some cars such as the Nissan X-Trail, it comes as standard on one of their models.  However, we do love these cameras, they give you a bird’s eye view of the car and you can literally see everything in the surrounding area.

Seats & Passenger Space

The seats in the Tucson feel lovely and luxurious.  Leather is available on the Ultimate trim (as are electric adjustments on the driver’s seat), so spillages and sticky sweets are easily wiped away.  There is plenty of leg and height room in the front, so long journeys are really comfortable. If heated seats are a priority, opt for the Premium trim.  You’ll also gain a heated steering wheel which is a game changer for your hands on those cold winter mornings.  The Ultimate trim also offers rear heated seats and well as a ventilated seats to keep you cool in those summer months (if the sun decides to come out!)

There is also lots of leg room in the back, meaning 3 adults will have lots of space.  There are 2 ISOFIX points on the rear bench and we had no difficulties fitting 2 large child seats and a smaller booster seat (in the centre) on the back seat.  We were also delighted to be able to fit a rear facing baby seat, large child seat and smaller booster (in the centre) on there too!  The doors open nice and wide, so manoeuvring that rear facing seat is also relatively easy.

Tinted rear windows (privacy glass) are available on the N Line and upwards, so you can say goodbye to those flimsy stick on sunshades that never seem to cover the window where the sun is coming in anyway! Finally, to lighten the seating and internal space, a panoramic sunroof comes as standard from the N Line S trim upwards (free entertainment for babies who seem to love these!)

Cups & Cubby

Hyundai have clearly put the needs of families first in terms of available storage – there’s loads!  In the front, you’ll find 2 perfectly positioned cup holders that are central and forwards, therefore within your eyeline. Here is where you’ll also find 2 USB ports and storage tray for phones and keys.  A wireless phone charger is available on the N Line trim. There’s lots of space inside the armrest which sits higher than most cars, meaning your arm can be placed in a really comfortable position whilst driving – who knew the height of an armrest could be so important until we drove the Tucson! The glove box is a great size and can easily accommodate a couple of iPads.  The door bins were able to hold a water bottle, whilst leaving some room for other bits and bobs.  Something we haven’t seen before was an extra storage shelf placed on either side of the central column in between driver and passenger seats.  More space for wrappers, tissues and other family paraphernalia!

In the back, there are 2 USB ports to keep those iPads charged and the central armrest provides 2 more cupholders.  If there are 3 passengers in the back, the door bins are on the small side and but you’ll get smaller water bottles in there.

Boot Space

The boot is a great size – 558 litres.  That’s bigger than the Toyota RAV4, but slightly smaller than the Nissan X-Trail.  There is a small drop down to the boot floor, so items will require some lifting up and over.  There was plenty of room for a weekly “big shop” and school bags once we had placed our stroller in the back.  A pram will also leave enough room for many belongings.

There is the added addition of a retractable parcel shelf – we love these!  You won’t need to remove the shelf completely if you’ve larger items, simply pull and release and watch it roll away and disappear. An powered tailgate (or boot button to the rest of us) comes as standard on the Ultimate, making life so much easier when opening the boot.

Summary

We absolutely loved the Hyundai Tucson and can see why is has won so many awards.  Hyundai have carefully considered what makes a great family car and have included many essential features that will make getting out and about with children so much easier.  They haven’t forgotten us parents either and have added luxurious elements to make the driving experience much more pleasant.  It may be more expensive than other cars in this class, however if it is within your budget, then my goodness, get to the showroom!

Car seats used in this review – 2 x Graco Tri Logic (width 40.8cm) 1 x Halfords Essentials Booster (width 39.5cm) 1 x Maxi-Cosi Pebble (width 43cm)

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4810 mm (L) x 1900 mm (W) x 1660 mm (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

558 Litres

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

122 cm

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

48.7 – 50.4

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 8.4 secs