There was a point in time where Korean manufactured vehicles especially Hyundai, was considered to have a lower quality than manufacturer originally from Japan or European.
However, things have changed Hyundai do more investments in quality improvements, design, manufacturing quality, and long-term research that brings positive benefits.
One of the Hyundai manufactured car is Hyundai Tucson (also known as Tucson ix or Tucson ix35). Hyundai Tucson is a compact crossover SUV produced by Hyundai since 2004 and sold until now.
To quote the words of Toyota engineer, Saeki Yoshikazu, who mainly have successfully developed the Toyota RAV4, saying “I have tested Hyundai Tucson. In fact, I think Tucson is one of a very good vehicle. Especially in terms of styles”.
Hyundai Tucson Second Generation Price and Specification Reviews
Hyundai Tucson that reviewed at this article is the second generation of the Hyundai Tucson family that is produced since 2009 until now. In contrast to its first generation, these cars are not longer providing diesel version engine. But this is setback was covered by the technical developments that is able to make it a strong competitor against Japanese SUV.
Hyundai Tucson Second Generation Exterior Reviews
For the styling of the Tucson exterior, Hyundai did their job well. Based on the Fluidic Sculpture design where it is highly inspired from nature, bold styling which makes the car looks elegant with perfect designs.
A little updates / facelift done in 2014 where its headlights equipped by DRL, taillights use LED, a revised front grille models, and redesigned wheels models. A model that is presented which takes part of the premium design is Tucson now have a panoramic sunroof on a section of the roof and the larger wheel size.
Hyundai Tucson Second Generation Interior Reviews
Hyundai Tucson second generation offer the ultimate comfortable and luxurious atmosphere inside its cabin. Quality is the main thing that is done on Tucson second generation, as its designed by the professional designers.
Some of the cabin’s materials used was indeed looks cheap, but it is not a problem since its cabin designed to emphasize the ergonomic look. Legroom for front and rear passengers is spacious. The order of the buttons on the dashboard console looks very interesting. Audio function keys comes as standard on the steering wheel.
Hyundai Tucson Second Generation Performance Reviews
In this article, we review Hyundai Tucson second generation which is comes with a choice of single machine with the capacity of 2.0 liters, gasoline engine, 4 cylinders 16 valves inline 4.
However, the engine on the face-lifted units use the new engine. The engine version of the pre-facelift (2010-2013) use a Theta II 2.0 as its powertrain, which able to pump power up to 165 HP at 6,200 RPM and 197 Nm torque at 4,600 RPM.
Despite the power and torque produced by new engine version is a bit goes down, but this new engine claimed to be more efficient than the old engine version – its offers better lubrication system and less vibrations.
Hyundai Tucson Second Generation Impression and Handling Reviews
The Hyundai Tucson is equipped with electronic power steering wheel which makes its pretty responsive on asphalt surfaces at high speeds. As it turns, the electronic power steering (commonly referred as EPS) increases fuel consumption.
But it brings positive effect on car controlling system because its make the wheels stable when passing through bumpy roads at high speeds.
Hyundai Tucson Second Generation Specification Review
- Engine: 2.0-liter Theta II (2010-2013/pre-facelift), and NU (2014-2015/facelift).
- Power: 165 HP @ 6,200 RPM (pre-facelift); 156 HP @ 6,200 RPM (facelift).
- Torque: 197 Nm @ RPM 4,600 (pre-facelift); 192 Nm @ RPM 4,600 (facelift).
- Fuel consumption: 7-10 km/L (in the city), 9-13 km/L (outside the city).
- Transmission: manual 5-speed (pre-facelift), manual 6-speed (facelift) and 6-speed automatic triptonic.
- Suspension: Front MacPherson strut. Rear multi-link.
- Competitors: Ford Ecosport, a Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Captiva, Nissan X-Trail, Subaru Forester, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Grand Vitara and Suzuki.
Hyundai Tucson Second Generation Used Price Review
Below is estimated list for used or second handed Hyundai Tucson second generation by its production years. Price and resale value may vary for each countries.
- 2010: ~ 14.000 USD.
- 2011: ~15.000 – 16.000 USD.
- 2012: ~16.500 – 17.500 USD.
- 2013: ~20.000 – 21.000 USD.
- 2014: ~27.000 – 28.500 USD.
- 2015: ~31.000 – 33.500 USD.
Hyundai Tucson Second Generation Pros
- Stylish design
- Powerful engine
- Fuel consumption more efficient than its predecessor.
- High ground clearance.
- The existence of manual transmission option.
Hyundai Tucson Second Generation Cons
- Less comfortable.
- Some cabin parts made from cheap materials.
- Cabin is a bit noisy at high speed.
- The new unit price is high.
- A bit difficult to maneuver in the streets of the city because of its large size.
So, that is a full review of the specification as well as the pros and cons of Hyundai Tucson second generation. Considering of the quality, Hyundai was done an amazing job on this car. Hyundai Tucson second generation is a stylish yet powerful SUV, makes it suitable to your daily needs.