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We've now had our Tucson 2.0 CDX (petrol) 4x4 for two months and we love it !
Review Updated 19 Nov ...
We bought second hand but with a shortage of second hand models the choice was limited. We got very lucky with the model we found at a local dealer.
This car is simply packed with extras:
- heated leather seats - climate control - front fogs - electric tilt and slide sun roof - heated wing mirrors and windscreen - reversing sensors (optional extra perhaps) - CD player - Alloys - Several airbags (front, side and head height) - cruise control - 5yr Warranty !
These Korean cars are well made, reliable and packed with features for much less than more prestige marques.
Seating positions and comfort are good throughout. Driving position is excellent and very comfortable with all controls within easy reach.
Only one or two minor niggles:
- the rear parcel shelf is a little too low - fuel (petrol) consumption is a little high but typical of a 4x4
I would recommend this model to anyone but may suggest diesel rather than petrol.
Would warn that second hand models are not easy to come by (time of writing Nov 2005) but new prices are very reasonable.
These are not the fastest cars on the road but are very capable and comfortable 4x4's.
We've not taken the car off road and probably won't but we're now in the grip of winter we may get some snow to try the 4x4 on. I'll report back if we do.
On the current cold mornings the heated seats have you feeling cozy in literally a few seconds. The heated windows and mirrors have you driving away when many neighbours are spraying and scraping.
The climate control can demist the windows, again in super fast time (seconds) and have you driving away quickly but above all safely.
With regard to safety you are surrounded by airbags, braking and handling offer ABS and traction control.
Handling of this car is excellent, the right balance between assured feedback from the road, responsive cornering and ease of manouverability. We can park this beast easily, assisted by the reversing sensors and light low speed power steering.
The reversing sensors - like all sensors they tell you if you are approaching something and that something can sometimes be a curb or overhanging weed, so there can be a bit of an art to whether you ignore initial warnings. At the very least it makes you check to be sure ... overall though reversing and as mentioned parking, is easy despite the cars size and weight.
We've not yet had the car serviced, when we do we will report back. I am a little concerned about the potential cost of the tyres should we need to replace but hey .. its a 4x4 .. the current tyres will last many years (touch wood) and its one of the prices you pay to be up high and safe on increasignly dangerous roads.
On the latter point, roads seem to be becoming increasingly hazardous with pot holes, speed bumps and uneven cambers etc. I recently ripped the underpan off our other car (VW) just going over a rather oversized speed bump at about 10 miles per hour. You still have to slow for these in the Tucson but hey that's what they are there for but you have no worries about taking your exhaust off or ripping your engine out (but this is true of all high mounted 4x4s).
I've rated reliabilty as good only because its a little early to rate as excellent. We have developed a minor problem with the CD/radio but we aim to have corrected under the warranty.
A massive plus for Hyundai is their standard 5 year warranty.
i didnt read the review before the update but i found this very helpful :-) Em x
baby_uk 19.11.2005 16:57
5 year warranty - that's generous! Good review x
Nar 17.11.2005 04:09
A good review but a lot more info - its a SUV isn't it so what its like off road? If I was going to get one of these it would be the Kia Sportage - it may not look as good but its the same car underneath, cheaper and has a better warranty.