The least costly Tucson is the Active 2WD. It comes with the 2.0 petrol engine, 17-inch wheels, cloth seat trim, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, and the features in all Tucsons.
Paying more for an Active X gains you leather on the seats (there is a mix of real and fake leather), a nicer feeling steering wheel and gear knob, and more attractive door trims. Wheel diameter grows an inch to 18 inches, and the correspondingly lower profile tyres look sportier and sharpen the steering slightly. You also get front fog lights and power folding, heated side mirrors.
For a bit more than you would pay for an Active X you could have instead an Active diesel. You trade the extra features of the Active X for a diesel engine and all-wheel drive – the latter enhancing security and stability when the going gets slippery. (An auto gearbox is standard.)
Spending more again for a Tucson Elite buys you a smart key and a start button, which let you unlock and start the car with your key kept safely in a pocket or bag. Dual-zone climate control allows you to set different temperatures for each side of the cabin. Seats are trimmed partly in leather, the driver’s seat is power-adjustable, and you can control your phone from the steering wheel. Windscreen wipers turn on automatically when it’s raining. And the wheel diameter grows to 19 inches, with wider tyres that supply more dry-weather grip.
The Tucson Elite also brings you an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and dedicated satellite navigation. Headlights use very bright, long-lasting LEDs, and additional LED lights shine into corners. Puddle lights illuminate the ground under door sills, and courtesy lights show the door handles. A power-operated tailgate opens automatically when you stand behind it while in possession of the key.
In an Elite you can stick with 2WD, in which case you receive the same engine as the Active and Active X. Or you can go for all-wheel drive, which allows you to have either of the more powerful engines – the turbo-petrol or the turbo-diesel.
Going for a Tucson Highlander adds power adjustment for the front passenger’s seat, and heating and ventilation to both front seats. A tyre pressure monitor warns you if a tyre has lost air (this can give you extra time to get a slow-leaking puncture seen to).
The Highlander also brings you an active safety suite that includes autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.