The least costly Tucson is the Go. It comes with the 2.0 petrol engine and two-wheel-drive, 17-inch steel wheels with plastic hubcaps, cloth seat trim, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio system, and the features in all Tucsons.
The cheapest Go comes with the manual gearbox, but you can upgrade to the six-speed automatic gearbox. You also pay more to get the diesel engine with eight-speed auto and all-wheel drive – the latter enhancing security and stability when the going gets slippery.
Paying more for an Active X sees an improvement to the entertainment system including an 8.0-inch touchscreen, satellite navigation and DAB+ digital radio
. You also get part-leather seats (there is a mix of real and fake leather) with front lumbar support, a nicer feeling steering wheel and gear knob, and more attractive door trims.
The Active X exterior features attractive aluminium alloy wheels, and power folding heated side mirrors. Tyre pressure monitoring helps with fuel economy and tyre wear, and parking is made easier with rear parking sensors.
The Active X has the same petrol and diesel engine and gearbox options as the Go.
Hyundai’s SmartSense active safety system, which brings autonomous emergency braking
, adaptive cruise control
, and other advanced driver assist
tech such as lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitor, rear-cross traffic alert, driver attention warning and high-beam assist, is available with the auto versions of the Go and Active X as a $2200 option.
SmartSense also includes non-safety extras such as duel-zone climate control that allows you to set different temperatures for each side of the cabin, electric parking brake, glovebox cooling, and puddle lamps that shine down from the external mirrors when you walk up to the car at night.
Upgrading to the Tucson Elite brings the SmartSense package as standard, along with smart key and a start button, which let you unlock and start the car with your key kept safely in a pocket or bag.
The driver’s seat is power-adjustable, the windscreen wipers turn on automatically when it’s raining, and the wheel diameter grows to 18 inches with wider tyres that supply more dry-weather grip.
In an Elite you can stick with 2WD, in which case you receive the same engine as the Go 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 and heated steering wheel.
The Highlander also gains bi-function LED headlights
and tail-lamps, front parking sensors, wireless phone-charging pad, keyless power tailgate, panoramic glass sunroof, twin-tip exhaust and bigger 19-inch alloy wheels.