The 2016 Tucson is brought by Hyundai to battle and be victorious in the ravenous and competitive SUV market. The giant South-Korean maker first released this SUV in 2004 and never missed its charm. After 2 years of its launch, this generation’s Tucson this year came with few changes but with the same coolness.
The Tucson shines because is an SUV that knows how to combine relative above overall performance, high-tech features and excellent efficiency. Room inside is delivered to us with grace. Exterior is sublime but the interior leaves an empty space. Is not terrible, is just that the exterior doesn’t match with the interior concept and opaque it. SE, Eco, Sport, and Limited are the trims offered by Hyundai and this let us a really wide repertory depending in the customer’s needs and desires.
Let’s review this SUV.
Drivetrain and Performance
The cheapest model is SE and this packs a 2.0 L GDI DOCH 4-cylinder engine with 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of maximum torque. Available all-wheel drive as optional and front wheel drive as standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic.
The Eco, Sport and Limited models vary a little bit delivering up to 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, from a 1.6 L Turbo GDI DOHC 4-cylinder engine and a 7-speed EcoShift dual clutch transmission. Available all-wheel drive as optional and front wheel drive as standard.
The performance is outstanding taking as comparative the competition standstill to 60 mph, 7.6 seconds and standstill to 100mph in 21.9 seconds and with a top speed at 120 mph (193 km/h). The front suspension is powered by a MacPherson layout which is independent and in the rear we find an independent multi-link design. The fuel economy of the 2016 Tucson is rated at 24 mpg for the city and 28 mpg for the highway.
Design Line and Interior
The 2016 Tucson really emanates a cutting-edge and sharp feeling, with luxury and bold lines, fused in an excellent exterior, well designed by Hyundai. The interior definitely doesn’t match with the exterior, with a very simple cabin leaving an empty hollow in the overall design. It’s not terrible but slightly below of ‘common and ordinary’. Nonetheless, the seats look awesome and comfortable, and the overall experience in the interior is good.
Several packages are available. Preferred Package for SE includes LED Daytime running light, fog lights, roof side sills, driver’s auto-down and up power window, dual illuminated vanity mirrors and illuminated glove compartment for extra US$600. Popular Equipment Package for SE includes the same but with power driver seat with power lumbar support, tagged with US$750. The Ultimate Package includes High Intensity Discharge (HID) and Dynamic Bending Lighting System (DBLS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection, rear parking sensors, panoramic sunroof, front LED map lights, 4.2-inch LCD gauge cluster, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats.
With lacks of tech features as push-button start and blind-spot monitoring, leaves a bitter taste. The same as the interior design. Is not surprising and probably too sloppy for its price.
The Bottom Line for the 2016 Tucson
The SUV market is tough and with plenty of options these days. Hyundai can’t let a detail behind with competitor like Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape, which ones make the competence tighter, offering better performance, handling, driving sensation, and economy. The 2016 Tucson sure it has its attributes, but flaws are also noticeable. A slack interior and a worrying lack of tech features offered by competitors don’t make this SUV perfect. The best about this model by experts is the ride with an excellent firm and upright sensation behind the steering wheel.
With a starting price US$22.700, this SUV could be yours.