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Hyundai Tucson SUV - Reliability & safety

Hyundai’s reputation for building reliable cars took a knock in our most recent Driver Power survey, but safety kit is plentiful

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4.2 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

Just 9% of Hyundai owners reported an issue with their cars in our 2020 Driver Power brand satisfaction survey, which bodes well for the Tucson’s reliability, and the SUV has an impressive list of safety equipment, although not everything is standard on the less expensive models.

Hyundai Tucson reliability

The Hyundai Tucson was rated 53rd out of the UK’s top 75 models in our 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. Of the owners who responded, 9.6% reported experiencing a problem with their cars once or more in the first year, with a third of the issues relating to the electrics.

The five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty should help ease a lot of potential buyers’ worries too.


The Tucson scored the maximum five stars for crash safety when tested by the independent body Euro NCAP. It scored 86% and 85% for adult and child protection respectively. The Tucson also scored well for the amount of safety systems on board.

All Tucson models have the regular safety basics on board, plus SE trim has a helpful lane-keeping assistance system, while Premium models get blind-spot detection, autonomous emergency braking and rear cross-traffic alert to warn you if you’re about to reverse out into oncoming traffic.

Choose the automatic version of the top-of-the-range Premium SE model and a parking assistance system is thrown in. Cleverly, a lot of these safety features can be deactivated using a stalk on the steering column, which means they’re easy to switch off if necessary, but you won’t risk doing it by mistake.

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