4. Safety, Space and Practicality
The current crop of Hyundais are all jam-packed with active safety features and the Tucson Hybrid is more of the same. Blind spot monitoring, collision avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, rear cross traffic alert and adaptive cruise control are all standard fit. It is very well-specced for a mainstream, non-luxury car.
The adaptive cruise control deserves special mention because it’s one of the best we’ve used to date, even when compared with the continental marques. On a long highway drive, even in moderate traffic conditions, we had the car drive itself around 80 percent of the time. A very informative graphic on the dashboard shows you that the Tucson is tracking the car ahead and the safety distance preset as selected by the driver. That way you’ll confidently know that the car isn’t just rolling along blindly. If the car directly ahead comes to a stop, the Tucson will stop accurately and smoothly behind it too.
You do have to watch for motorcyclists unpredictable cutting into your lane, but the car’s sensors are so good that in normal conditions your passengers will never realise that the car is driving itself.As the driver you just have to steer and set the suitable speed and safety gaps with the buttons on the right spoke of the steering wheel.
It’s a pretty big car 4,500mm in length, but doesn’t feel that way while in motion. It’s only while parking that the dimensions of the vehicle become apparent. In other words, it’s easier to drive on the road than its size suggests.
Five occupants will fit easily, and an interesting bit of information is that the turbo petrol Tucson has a 2,755mm wheelbase against the shorter 2,680mm of the hybrid’s. It’s quite a significant difference, but at this time we haven’t driven the turbo petrol variant yet so can’t make a direct comparison.