Since the mid-2000s, the Hyundai Tucson has been a major player in the compact crossover segment, despite joining the category later than many of its key competitors. But the Tucson gained ground quickly through its appealing combination of practicality and strong value.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
This year, along with an all-new design, the Tucson gains its first-ever plug-in hybrid powertrain, which gives it the most power of any Tucson model.
Hyundai offers the Tucson Plug-in Hybrid in Luxury and Ultimate trim levels. In both, you get a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that works with an electric motor, AWD and a six-speed automatic transmission.
Luxury trim comes with a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch wheels, all-LED lighting, rain sensing wipers, heated side mirrors, passive keyless entry, and a hands-free tailgate.
Inside, you get leather upholstery, a power driver’s seat, heated/ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a digital gauge cluster, 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment, wireless charging, eight-speaker audio, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated steering wheel, and dual-zone A/C.
Luxury’s safety kit comprises forward collision avoidance assist, pedestrian/cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and collision avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic alert, safe exit warning, rear occupant alert, and rear parking sensors.
Ultimate adds a power front passenger seat, driver’s seat memory, ambient lighting, a 10.25-inch infotainment display, navigation, front and rear parking sensors, reverse collision avoidance assist, blind view monitor, surround-view cameras, and highway driving assist.
Hyundai estimates the Tucson PHEV’s energy consumption at 2.9 Le/100 km in combined driving in electric-only mode, and 6.3/6.6 L/100 km (city/highway) when running as a gas-electric hybrid. Hyundai says the Tucson PHEV promises 53 km of all-electric driving on a full charge of its battery.
While the conventional gas-powered Tucson faces many competitors, the plug-in hybrid option narrows the field considerably. Shop it against PHEV versions of the Kia Niro, Ford Escape, Mitsubishi Outlander, and the Toyota RAV4 Prime. In certain provincial markets, you can consider the Subaru Crosstrek PHEV a contender, too.
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