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2020 Hyundai Tucson Facelift Review

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The 2020 Hyundai Tucson is an upgrade to the SUV to make it look more upmarket and there are various changes made to the car to up the ante in terms of feature offerings. We drive it to find out more.

The Hyundai Tucson is the flagship SUV in the Korean carmaker's portfolio in India. expand View Photos
The Hyundai Tucson is the flagship SUV in the Korean carmaker's portfolio in India.

Highlights

  • The Hyundai Tucson was launched recently in India
  • Majority of the updates are centred on its face making it look angular.
  • It gets a heavily revamped cabin, an updated AWD system and BS6 engines.

The Hyundai Tucson is an important model in the Korean carmaker's India line-up and I am not talking volumes here, but the positioning! The Tucson has remained the flagship in Hyundai's SUV portfolio and so it's crucial to keep it modern and contemporary. And how ironic is that! The facelift of the third-generation Hyundai Tucson has come to our shores around the time when a completely new fourth-generation model has already made its global debut. The good part is that the facelift is a decent upgrade in almost all departments. We drive it to see what it's like.

Also Read: Hyundai Tucson Facelift Launched In India

Looks

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Majority of the changes on the Hyundai Tucson facelift is centred on its face and make the SUV looks more angular.

The new Hyundai Tucson looks modern and we get to see some angular treatment for that cascade grille. The new LED headlights look very sharp while Hyundai could have made the fog lamps and DRLs look more interesting.
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The Hyundai Tucson facelift gets new 18-inch alloy wheels.

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I quite like the new alloy pattern of these 18-inch wheels and the curves at the rear complement the relatively slim taillights. And that's about it, majority of the changes are centred on its face and the rest of the car remains unchanged and retains the proportions as well.

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The profile and rear of the Hyundai Tucson facelift remain unchanged and the Tucson retains its crossover stance.

The Hyundai Tucson manages to maintain its balanced and modern crossover looks with the facelift as well.

Also Read: New Generation Hyundai Tucson Revealed

Cabin

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The 2020 Hyundai Tucson gets new all-black interiors and the design of the dashboard is inspired from the Hyundai Kona.

It's on the inside that the changes are more pronounced. The facelift comes with an all-black cabin as opposed to the dual-tone black and beige interiors seen in its predecessor. While largely the layout of the door-pads and roofline remains unchanged, the dashboard and central console have been revamped and draw inspiration from the Hyundai Kona. It also sports the same 8.0-inch HD infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Navigation among others.

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The cabin feels spacious and you won't complain about the legroom at the rear.

The new Hyundai Tucson facelift is a connected car as well thanks to the addition of the new Bluelink connected car tech. Having said that, Hyundai should have carried forward the Creta's steering wheel that looks cool and feels really sexy to hold and we'd have liked the buttons to offer more tactile feedback, especially those on the door armrests. But overall, it's a classy cabin and one that feels sophisticated and upmarket.

Features

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The Hyundai Tucson is a connected car and gets the Kona sourced 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and Infinity speakers.

The 2020 Tucson, in typical Hyundai fashion, is loaded to the brim with creature comforts. The big panoramic sunroof adds a sense of roominess on the inside. Then there are features like a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, 8-way power adjustable front passenger's seat, auto foldable and adjustable wing mirrors, LED headlights and taillights, LED DRLs, auto-dimming inner rear view mirror (IRVM), dual-zone auto climate control, MID that gives all the information you need and then some, wireless phone charging, park assist and 360-degree camera view among others.

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The Hyundai Tucson gets a powered tailgate and huge panoramic sunroof among others.

The steering wheel that is adjustable for both rake and reach and there is an eight-speaker Infinity premium sound system which sounds good. But, the Bose and Arkamys units in the new Creta and Venue remain ahead by leaps and bounds.

Also Read: Hyundai Tucson: New vs Old

Performance

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We are driving the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder BS6 diesel engine in Tucson which comes with an eVGT while a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol motor is also on offer.

The Hyundai Tucson has always been a comfortable and hassle free car to drive and there's no substantial change in the terms of mechanicals. The 2.0-litre, four-cylinder BS6 diesel engine that we are driving is high on refinement and offers good enough grunts and in a very smooth manner. It is coupled with an electronic variable geometry turbocharger or eVGT and churns out 182 bhp at 4000 rpm and 400 Nm of peak torque that is accessible right from 1750 rpm to 2750 rpm. Now, that may not feel particularly exciting but it makes the drive really comfy.

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The power delivery of this 2.0-litre diesel mill is smooth and linear.

The eight-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox offers smooth shifts while the in-gear ratios are tall. But you feel a faint hesitation when it shifts and that kind of pacifies the response. So, it's not really sporty or punchy with the response, but is smooth as butter when it shifts and retains the character of a premium crossover. We really wish though there were paddle shifters on offer. It also gets a 2.0-litre petrol engine that belts out 150 bhp at 6200 rpm and 192 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm and is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

Hyundai Tucson facelift 2.0-litre VTVT Petrol 2.0-litre eVGT Diesel
Displacement 1999 cc 1995 cc
Max Power 150 bhp @ 6200 rpm 182 bhp @ 4000 rpm
Peak Torque 192 Nm @ 4000 rpm 400 Nm @ 1750 - 2750 rpm
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic

New All-Wheel Drive System

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The new Genesis sourced HTRAC all-wheel-drive system splits power between front and rear wheels in variable ratios, depending on the traction required.

The Hyundai Tucson facelift also gets the Genesis sourced all-wheel drive transfer case with the advanced traction and cornering control system (HTRAC) system which is essentially an intelligent all-wheel drive. Basically, it splits power between the front and rear wheels depending on the traction required. So when you are coasting the car sends all the power to the front wheels and it helps you to save fuel but otherwise the default driving setting for the AWD is 80 per cent power upfront, 20 per cent to the rear. It can go to 50:50 depending on the need and the system detects that based on traction and gives it to you.

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The MID gives you information of the exact power ratio channelised to the wheels through the HTRAC AWD system.

So it's self-adjusting in automatic and therefore very easy and convenient to use. So you can explore some countryside, hill stations and manage some mild off-roading with this one, but it's still a crossover and you can't go extreme with it and that is more because of the design, low approach and departure angles and limited axle articulation.

Ride & Handling

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The Hyundai Tucson has a soft and supple ride quality and while you won't be complaining about the dynamics, it's not a corner carver and is most suitable for cruising.

The driving dynamics of the Tucson remains the same which is a good thing as it suits the sophisticated nature of the car. The suspension don't make much noise or fuss offering a cushy ride and maintains good stiffness around the bends even when you are cruising at reasonably high speeds. But this one likes being driven with ease and is not meant to be a corner carver, so you do feel body rolls when hurrying around sharp bends and there's a bit of understeer on stretched corners. The steering is quick and responsive and offers decent feedback as well. It still remains one of the bests even when compared to the steering feedback of newer models.

Safety

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The Hyundai Tucson is equipped with six airbags and an array of safety features.

The Hyundai Tucson is also pretty well-loaded with safety and driver-assist tech like electronic stability control, downhill brake control, vehicle stability management, hill start control, brake assist, auto hold, electronic parking brake, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts and six airbags among others.

Verdict

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The Jeep Compass still undercuts the Tucson by a fair margin.

So the Hyundai Tucson facelift remains a premium and comfortable daily driver for city commute and highway runs and will serve well for weekend jaunts or your annual trip to the mountains. But you actually start thinking twice after bringing pricing in your perspective. Prices for the Hyundai Tucson start at ₹ 22.3 lakh for the base two-wheel drive variant and go up to ₹ 27.03 lakh for the range-topping all-wheel drive (AWD) trim. Now, the direct rival for the Tucson is the very capable Jeep Compass which undercuts the two-wheel drive version by ₹ 6 lakh and the top-end model by over ₹ 3 lakh. Then, there are the Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen T-Roc which come to India as a completely built unit (CBU) and in a single petrol automatic variant. The Hyundai Tucson Petrol which is offered in front-wheel-drive (FWD) only, is positioned between both models, undercutting the Karoq by ₹ 1.47 lakh for the top-end variant while the base variant is  ₹ 2.31 lakh more expensive than the T-Roc.

Also Read: 2020 Hyundai Tucson vs Rivals: Price Comparison

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So yes! Though it's a flagship and feels like one, customers at this price point want something bigger, bolder and a bit more versatile. By versatile I mean something that looks macho and is a tad more capable off-the road. The Hyundai Tucson facelift remains a fancy and urban crossover which will have very sophisticated buyers with a specific taste.

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