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Hyundai Tucson: Mild Wild West

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Hyundai has renewed its mid-size SUV and given it the name of its predecessor Tucson. One can only speculate about the reasons.

In 2005 the SUV was named after the city of Tucson, Arizona. In 2010 it was suddenly called ix35. And now it's called Tucson again. Why? God knows. But maybe it has to do with the fact that Hyundai is in a gold rush like the Wild West settlers once did: The brand from the Far East is on the advance worldwide, the SUV segment is booming, and the previous model was already a bestseller - the best prerequisites, so, in order to gain even more land with the new 4.47-meter wagon built for the European market in the Czech Republic.

The design is straightforwardly simple, but formidable enough to drive entire herds of cattle in front of you. One or two cattle have made it into the interior: the former plastic desert has become an appealing leather landscape. Accordingly, the price is at the level of western car manufacturers. But at least: The 43,650 francs for the most powerful diesel with 4x4 drive, 6-speed automatic and top-of-the-line Vertex equipment includes practically everything - from the heated steering wheel to the blind spot assistant to traffic sign recognition. There is also a five-year unlimited mileage guarantee.

Contrary to the adventurous name, the Tucson is more mild than wild. With 9.5 seconds he shoots slower than his shadow to 100 km / h, and the handling is precise but the steering is moderately sensitive. But that doesn't matter, because first and foremost it is a family carriage - with plenty of space for the backbenchers, up to 1503 load liters, a well-balanced chassis and 185 horses that drive the 1.8-tonner quietly and with up to 400 Nm bring. Or is it more like camels? The standard consumption is 6.5 liters, but in everyday life the 4-cylinder is almost two liters thirstier.

Other than that, it becomes difficult to criticize something. If there was a gap the size of the Grand Canyon between the former Tucson and the western competition, nothing stands in the way of the success of the mid-range SUV today.

Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi Vertex 4WD

Model: 5-door SUV with 5 seats.

Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel with 185 hp (136 kW).

Driving performance: 0 to 100 km / h in 9.5 seconds. Top speed 201 km / h.

Consumption: 6.5 L / 100 km, 170 g CO2 / km (official factory specification).

Price: From CHF 43,650 (basic model from CHF 24,950).

Market launch: Immediately.

Info: www.hyundai.ch

The sporty design is somewhat at the expense of headroom and all-round visibility. But otherwise the Tucson offers everything you could want for everyday life.

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The Tucson is not tempting with a bargain price, but if you look closely, you will see that the equipment is lavish and the warranty is attractive.

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Hyundai has certainly steered its design language in the right direction in order to find approval in Europe. Only the rear view looks a bit arbitrary.

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The diesel is powerful, the chassis crisp, the automatic does its job well. But fun? Let's call it a joy of gliding effortlessly.

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8.4 liters of diesel test consumption is a bit too much. And why is Hyundai actually only installing an automatic start-stop system in the weaker 2WD diesel?

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The Hyundai Tucson is impressive - not only visually but also technically, in terms of price and in terms of comfort. The only drawback: the quite high consumption.

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"The design is surprisingly stylish, and the former plastic desert in the interior has become a solidly crafted leather landscape."