6. Competitors and Conclusion
The big question is, is the hybrid worth the extra S$13k over the base model? Will you save S$13k worth of petrol if you were to drive the hybrid over a 10-year COE cycle? Maybe, but even in top spec trim the Tucson is almost as sophisticated as, and cheaper than, a Toyota Harrier. A base model Skoda Kodiaq with a 1.5-litre turbo engine will match its price very closely, and the Kodiaq also has seven seats against the five of the Tucson. Then there’s also the Mazda CX-8, with seven seats as well.
The Toyota RAV4 is a little long in the tooth at this time and dynamically not as sophisticated as the Tucson, but the very efficient, though non-hybrid Peugeot 5008 is an interesting left field competitor.
The price may seem above expectations for ‘only a Hyundai’, but badge snobbery aside, the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid does actually feel very posh and is a definite cut above the appliance car grade, with a lot of standard safety equipment and a good driving feel. It may not have the fancy mood lighting and graphics interface of some of the current crop of ‘trendier’ cars but the Tucson packs it where it counts.
Hyundai Tucson Hybrid
|Engine||1,598cc, inline 4 turbocharged|
|Power||180hp @ 5500rpm|
|Torque||265NM @ 1500-4500rpm|
|Battery||Lithium Ion, 1.49kWh|
|System Torque||265Nm at 1500rpm (combined)|
|VES Band / modifier||A2 / -S$15,000|
|Price||$162,999 with COE and VES|
|Verdict||A genuinely dynamic, efficient, and well-equipped car once you get past the initial sticker shock of the price tag.|