The last time we saw Hyundai bring out an SUV, it caused havoc in the market and set Hyundai's sales graph facing north. The time before that, when Hyundai brought the flagship Santa Fe to India, it turned out to be a reasonable success for the company too. With the Creta and the Santa Fe, 20 per cent of vehicles sold by Hyundai in India are SUVs.This time around, Hyundai has brought in an SUV to fill up the gap which is mostly occupied by the CR-V. This isn't the first time that Hyundai has got the Tucson to India. Back in 2005, Hyundai had got the first-gen Tucson. But, it didn't do too well because it was considered too expensive for a Hyundai then. In the third gen, the Tucson has quite a few things working for it.The first that you need to know about this new exec SUV is the way the name's pronounced. Unlike what the spelling reads, you pronounce it as Tu-SÃ¤w. And the next thing that you need to know is that it's the only SUV in India that has no direct rival. And the closest rival is powered only by a petrol engine and sells only in double-digit numbers every month.Now, the Tucson isn't a flawless product. It has some apparent flaws like the lack of an AWD system even as an option and the way it's been specced in India. For starters, the cabin is almost as plush as a German SUV's and it is clear that the Tucson is aiming for some SUVs a few notches up the hierarchy with the sort of fit and finish and the feel that it intends to offer. It's been inspired by these German luxury carmakers in some ways. The e-brake for that matter is something that you'd find only in a premium SUV, or the Auto Hold feature that obsoletes the need for you having to keep the brake pressed while waiting say at a traffic signal.Another button that we were rather surprised to see in an SUV that has no intentions of off-roading is the hill descent control. And we say it has no intentions of going off-road because, first\: it has no AWD system. Second\: at 172mm, it has only as much space below its belly as a hatchback. What you may miss here is paddle shifters. Internationally, the Tucson gets panoramic sunroof only but Hyundai isn't offering it in India after finding few takers for what would have been an expensive accessory. Also, a bit time consuming to replace in the event of it being damaged because it would need to be imported.Styling is in sync with Hyundai's design language. A huge pentagonal grille takes up most of the space on the face and rest of the space is occupied by headlamps that are nicely crafted and huge and a bumper that fits clean in the design. The side profile and the rear design, including that of the tail-lights is a typical Hyundai affair, too. This is the best-looking SUV from that stable, now.The Tucson's ride quality is a bit of miss and hit. It is softly sprung so it soaks in practically everything that the road throws without passing it on to its occupants. But it is a bit too softly sprung even by SUV standards. The Tucson is a long car so it pitches and rolls a bit at the rear.Typically, it has a tendency to understeer. Such bulk and only front wheels driven makes the traction control work at the limit, if you get in to a corner even slightly lukewarm, you'd find it wafting away from the line you intended to take. Push it slightly harder and you'd find it skipping its line. And while all this is happening, your palms feel nothing through the steering wheel. To solve the problem, Hyundai has given a small button on the centre console that says 'Drive Mode'. If you press it a couple of times, it sends the car into the Sport mode that weighs up the steering considerably and alters the throttle response and mapping for the gearbox. Feedback remains minimal, though.With the Tucson, Hyundai has introduced a diesel engine that we hadn't seen before. Hyundai likes to calls it e-VGT 2.0 and it has four cylinders and displaces 1,995cc. It's assisted by a turbo and develops 183bhp and a massive 402Nm of pulling power. With such numbers, the mid range gets tremendously juicy and a treat to be in. The huge torque wave comes in linearly at about 1,800rpm and stays till you hit the 4,000rpm mark. Though the torque-converter transmission has six ratios to play with, it isn't too brisk in giving you gear changes. The clatter that the oil-burner develops is reined in rather well, with it seeping into the cabin only at high revs.There's also a petrol engine on offer - a 2.0-litre four-pot. It's the same engine that powers the Elantra and puts out 153bhp and 192Nm. You'd get more refinement and willingness to achieve higher revs in the petrol, but you'd miss riding the torque wave that the diesel offers. This, too, is available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed auto 'box. Similar torque converter type, unfortunately.Despite the shortcomings, the Tucson does make a strong case for itself in the sea of SUVs that have flooded the Indian market. In fact, Hyundai has won half the battle with the product positioning of the Tucson. And the remaining half will be dealt with the way it'll put a smile on the buyer's face once he sits in the cabin. The Tucson asks for Rs 18.99 lakh for the base petrol variant with a manual gearbox and the price goes up to Rs 24.99 lakh (both prices, ex-Delhi) for this, the top-end diesel automatic version.The Tucson doesn't offer the fantastic handling that the smaller Creta offers or the option of third row of seats that the Santa Fe comes with, but it finds that sweet spot right in the middle of the two. The ride quality and the cabin feel just does wonders for it, but the only fly in the ointment remains to be the lack of an AWD system. But worry not, there's a Tucson coming in April 2017 that has all four wheels powered.Specs1995cc, 4cyl, turbo diesel, 183bhp, 402Nm, 6A, FWD, LxWxH\: 4475x1850x1655mm, GC\: 172mm; Price\: Rs 18.99-24.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)VerdictPlush cabin and great ride quality, but doesn't have great handling skills.