What should I be paying?
The Tucson name is knocking on for two decades old, showing these things are popular. In fact, seven million have sold already, proving it’s a bit of a winner. This fourth-gen car is produced worldwide, European cars coming out of the Czech Republic and being largely the same as those sold in the US, where ‘Hoon-day’ SUVs are ten-a-penny.
VFM and big warranties have been a mainstay of the sensible Hyundai; the latter remains a five-year, unlimited-mileage affair, but the former? Prices start below £29,000 for a non-hybrid, 148bhp petrol Tucson, with mild hybrids starting at £29,440 and the full hybrid driven here kicking off at £32,255. Naturally tax rates tumble the more electrification you opt for, counteracting some of the price hike.
Not as cheap as Hyundais used to be - and a bit of a jump on the outgoing Tucson - but this is a tangibly more premium product, so it lines up a lot more neatly with an equivalent Volkswagen than before. But it does so while being just as well made and a lot more interesting. So long as you’re on board with the looks. And the fact you probably won't be changing headlamp bulbs at home...
Running costs will vary depending on how hybridised your Tucson is. The non-plug-in version, for example, only operates electric-only with the lightest of throttle inputs. So if you need to hare around depositing kids at their various schools, clubs and mate’s houses with relative haste, you might be just as well served by the lighter, simpler mild hybrids on offer. With two-wheel drive, they ought to have a weight (and therefore fuel economy) benefit if your driving habits don’t best serve slinking around in near-silence.