Hyundai Tucson SUV - Interior & comfort
While Hyundai used to be a budget brand, its interior is now a real highlight
- Bold looks
- Smart interior
- Good to drive
- Price increase
- Slightly firm ride
- Boot size varies
Slide into the driver's seat and, apart from the accommodating height of the car and Hyundai badge on the steering wheel, there's little to tell you this is a Tucson. A complete redesign has replaced a somewhat bulbous fascia with a sweeping, vertical dashboard that's very Audi-esque.
The most striking feature is the absence of any plastic cowling for the instruments. This has a surprisingly transformative effect, opening up the front of the car and making it at once feel airy and modern.
Hyundai Tucson dashboard
The riot of sharp lines that make up the Tucson's exterior continues inside too. Thin slivers of chrome trim arch upwards from the centre console, crest the dash and continue neatly along the top of the doors. Not only does this add a hint of sophistication, there's a touch of the nautical to it as well. You'll need to remember to park your Tucson in the car park, not the local marina. A strip of fabric across the top of the fascia also helps inject some personality.
A flat, tablet-style 10.25-inch display perches behind the new four-spoke steering wheel, while a sharp, high-resolution touchscreen measuring the same size sits below the central air vents, instead of sitting above them like before. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and top trims feature a sound system by high-end American stereo specialists Krell. Traditional console buttons have been replaced with illuminated touch-sensitive items, while push buttons for the automatic gearbox free up more space for cupholders and a large lidded storage bin. Materials impress too, looking and feeling like a step up for the brand.
Three trim levels are available called SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate. Climate control gets an upgrade, thanks to three-zone air-conditioning, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. There's also a new Multi-Air Mode that uses a combination of direct and indirect air vents to cool the interior with a more gentle airflow than a traditional system.
A Rear Sleeping Mode turns down the speakers in the rear compartment to avoid disturbing passengers in the back, while Rear Occupant Alert reminds you not to leave a passenger in the car when you get out. There's also a Safe Exit Warning, to alert occupants to oncoming traffic as they go to get out of the car.
Even SE Connect trim comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, folding door mirrors, and both digital instruments and a 10.25-inch infotainment setup. Premium ups kit to include 18-inch wheels (19-inch alloys for the Hybrid), Krell premium sound system, LED headlights and a heated steering wheel and front seats.
The range-topping Ultimate has a generous equipment list including 19-inch alloy wheels, leather seat facings, heated rear seats that can fold remotely, window blinds and a powered tailgate. An N Line version has also been confirmed, with more sporting looks thanks to a unique body kit and alloy wheels. We expect a similar makeover inside, that's likely to include different seats, upholstery and potentially a new steering wheel.