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Hyundai Tucson

Published: 20 May 2021


What is it like on the inside?

The interior may lack the wow factor of the exterior, but you’ll be thankful. Else the climate controls would be hidden somewhere within the air vents and the steering wheel would be a hendecagon. Hyundai’s not been slacking, though, and what you see is – we’re assured – inspired by waterfalls.

Jolly nice it is too, a 10in screen sitting flush with a gloss black dashboard and a nice mix of physical and touchscreen controls. The climate controls aren’t buttons (booo) but they are fixed and not hidden distractingly within a submenu (hurrah).

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That screen’s connected into the ether in ways our brain isn’t yet ready to comprehend; among its dizzying array of features is that any remaining sat nav instructions will link to your phone, should you have to park a mile away from your destination and find your way on foot.

On the flipside - in terms of actual usefulness - is the ambient noise feature. Not in the mood for music or a podcast? You’ve a choice of a roaring fire, a bustling jungle, feet crunching through fresh snow or a busy café. The most exotic of those nowadays is the clinking of cup upon saucer and eavesdropping on the conversation of strangers. Stick it on to indulge your nostalgia for the pre-covid days.

The dials comprise a more rectangular 10in display and have lots of neat customisation tricks as well as that blind spot system, which we’re big fans of.

In older-school news, there are cubby holes aplenty, ready to swallow all of your various devices, while the Tucson is longer and wider than ever, with the rear passengers gaining 26mm of extra legroom (over the old car) in the process.

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In fact, those in the back have really been thought about deeply. The rear seats split 40/20/40, allowing more options for opening up boot space – which varies between around 600 and 1,800 litres depending on which you’ve folded – while there are heated seats front and rear, three-zone climate control and a ‘sleep mode’ to easily separate front and rear audio when it’s naptime for the little ‘uns (or big ‘uns). There’s tons of room back there, in fact, and plentiful USB ports – this decade’s most valuable in-car currency.

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