2021 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Review: The State of Current Affairs

5. Driving Experience

Drivers expecting the Tucson Hybrid to handle like a sack of potatoes will be in for a big surprise. It’s actually a punchy, quick, dynamic car. The drive mode selector only offers up sport and eco modes, so toggling between the two throttle maps is just one toggle press either way. Turn-in is a little soft, but once the car settles into a steady cornering stance it tracks very accurately. It’s even more dynamically balanced than Hyundai’s own Avante, which has a much softer suspension setup.  

The electric motor and petrol engine balance of the hybrid system is very clever as well. When cruising along in adaptive cruise control mode, the car will automatically maintain electric drive for as long as it can. The engine typically turns on only when the batteries need recharging or when the car needs to accelerate uphill. 

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In regular commuting use, a fuel economy of 5.4l/100km is easily achievable. If you use the highways a lot, this can go down to 5.1l/100km. That’s around 900km of driving before the 54-litre fuel tank dips into the reserve zone. 

The car also accelerates very quickly in the 60km/h to 100km/h zone, and together with the taut suspension it’s a car that can overtake lower traffic on the highway easily. Of course the instant power delivery of an all-electric car like a Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 is impossible to beat, but there’s no denying that this is a very punchy car with a combined power output of 230hp. 

1. Introduction
2. Design and Appearance
3. Interior and Features
4. Safety, Space and Practicality
5. Driving Experience
6. Competitors and Conclusion

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Lionel Kong
An old hand from the bad old days of crazy COEs, the straight-shooting, ex-CarBuyer editor is back in the four-wheeled world. Rumours that he went to another country to start a Judas Priest tribute band are unfounded.