Hyundai’s Tucson SUV had already generated a lot of excitement prior to its release this year. Its performance during recent Euro NCAP crash testing shines the spotlight on the car once again. The vehicle achieved high scores in all areas which helped it to an unbeatable five-star rating.
The European New Car Assessment Programme has stated that the new compact SUV showed a “worthy evolution” of its predecessor’s all-round safety, particularly safety assist. Brake Assist System (BAS), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) are all on the standard features list.
Another noteworthy standard feature is the Active Bonnet System (ABS). It sense an impact with a pedestrian and instantly raises the bonnet away from the engine. This creates a larger crumple zone which helps to minimise injuries.
Leading-edge technology isn’t limited to the Tucson’s safety features however. Its engines are hugely efficient and clean, with CO2 emissions starting from only 119g/km. Torque on demand 4×4 is available with selected trims to effectively manage the power that is channelled to all four wheels.
The motoring press is tipping the Tucson to be a best-seller for the brand, and its arrival comes at a time when compact SUVs are growing in popularity. Its exterior conveys a confident attitude yet the body is curvaceous at the same time. The cabin is spacious and intuitively laid out, with the dashboard’s buttons and dials arranged sensibly.