Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good The Tucson is the right size for a Compact SUV - not too big, not too small; with 'friendly' styling for an SUV. Available in AWD & 2WD (which is all most drivers probably ever need).
Not so good The vehicle's platform is a generation behind the new ix35, and so is the styling.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good There's good visibility in the Tucson - it's comfortable up-front and the layout is basic and functional. The 2nd row seats fold flat, helping to provide generous cargo space - plus there's plenty of storage options front and rear.
Not so good The interior is...bland. The leather steering wheel lacks grip and the flat front seats are short on support.
Performance

Performance

Good The V6 is smooth; however the 4-cylinder engine is a better compromise.
Not so good V6 not powerful or quick enough and lacks torque. The outdated 4-speed auto transmission really needs a fifth gear.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good It is relatively quiet and refined on road, and handles okay for a Compact SUV.
Not so good Not exactly fun to drive on or off-road - the handling lacks the refinement of Class-Leading Compact SUV's... The V6's handling is too nose-heavy.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good In 2009 it sold like hot cakes - so it must suit the Australian needs! Great pricing and the 4-cyl is smart buying. The standard active safety features are excellent for the price. Don’t forget the generous five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.
Not so good V6 drinks too much fuel. Getting on...this current generation has been on sale since 2004 - and has effectively been replaced by the Hyundai ix35.