Hyundai’s posh and sporty Tucson

28 March 2019

HYUNDAI has introduced a sporty N Line version of its family-sized SUV, following the success of similar versions of its traditional cars.

This time it is the turn of its best-selling model, the Tucson, which is available in a choice of 2WD and 4WD.

In addition to the 2.0-litre diesel engine introduced in the Tucson last year, Hyundai has now combined its mild hybrid technology with the smaller 136bhp 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine, achieving increased economy up to ten per cent.

The mild hybrid powertrain comprises a 48-Volt lithium-ion polymer battery, a Mild Hybrid Starter Generator, an LDC converter and an inverter. It is this advanced technology combination that reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 11 per cent.

Achieving an output of 185bhp, the 2.0-litre diesel mild hybrid engine is the most powerful in the new Tucson’s line-up. Another option is the 175bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine.

The N Line trim features exterior and interior elements inspired by  Hyundai’s high-performance N range. The dynamic design features are complemented on the turbocharged petrol model and the most powerful diesel model by so-called refined motor-driven power steering and adjusted suspension settings so drivers can experience a more sporting ride. Suspension springs offer five per cent greater rigidity in the rear setup and eight per cent more in the front, while software changes in the steering create a slightly more direct feel. 

In terms of appearance there are redesigned bumpers and a dark mesh-pattern grille framed by dark chrome. There are also dark 19-inch alloy wheels and side mirror housings plus a rear spoiler in glossy black. Black-bezel headlamps, daytime running lights and darkened window frames plus body-coloured door handles are also incorporated.

Inside the car, there are N-branded leather-suede sport seats and red accent stitching on the steering wheel and seats. Alloy pedals and the leather-wrapped, red-accented N gear shift lever are also part of the N Line enhancements. 

Hyundai Tucson prices start at £16,500 after discounts.