2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited
1.6L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine
7-speed automatic (dual-clutch) transmission
Seating Capacity: 5
Road Test Terrain: 60% city, 40% highway
Tested MSRP: $36,649 CAD
The all-new 2016 Hyundai Tucson has had some significant improvements over previous generations (the current one is in its third generation). The compact SUV segment is fast-growing and manufacturers need to stay competitive. I have to say, Hyundai always delivers value at an attractive price point. Let’s take a closer look.
Hyundai continues its signature hexagonal front grille with this crossover vehicle. The angles give it an aggressive look and are repeated throughout the body including fog lenses and rear tail lights. A rear spoiler and chrome exhaust tips add to the sporty look.
Our road test had HID headlights and a ‘Dynamic Bending Light’ to further accentuate the angled look (in a good way).
The 1.6L turbocharged engine comes with low profile 19” wheels and I love the different coloured asymmetrical spokes!
Sometimes in a compact SUV, I feel as though manufacturers take their sedan and just put a bigger body on it yet still it feels crammed. Worse yet, those vehicles feel underpowered with the poor engine screaming and revving high trying to get the vehicle moving. Not so with the Tucson. More on the drive later, but suffice to say that the cabin space felt quite spacious (in part due to the panoramic sunroof) and visibility was really good.
Overall the dashboard is minimalist, and the centre stack is easy to use with radio/navigation buttons clearly laid out horizontally underneath the touch screen.
Our road test also came with automatic climate control (standard in most Tucson trim levels).
The instrument cluster and steering wheel is ‘busier’ than the centre stack with multiple buttons, switches, combination levers for lights and wipers, as well as various screens for navigation and vehicle information.
A special mention that I wanted to let you know about was that heated rear seats are available on every trim level except the base model. This is definitely something that is extra value for the compact SUV segment.
Under The Hood / Basic Maintenance
When you look at the engine bay, there isn’t much room. Thankfully, basic do-it-yourself maintenance items are easily accessible. Fluid reservoirs are clearly labelled and I’m happy that the reservoirs are easy to read the minimum/maximum levels.
The battery is up top in case you need to jump start the vehicle, though unfortunately an engine ground isn’t as easy to locate.
The spare tire is located directly underneath the trunk floor and the jack is right next to it.
Child Car Seat
If you are installing a rear-facing child car seat, you may lose some space for the front seats despite the amount of cabin room available. The rear seats have a very slight bucket shape, but the seats are firm so you may need a minimal amount of pool noodles during a rear-facing child car seat installation in order to get the correct recline angle.
The headrests are removable to make it easier to install the tether strap on forward-facing child car seat though the outboard rear seat headrests don’t protrude too much.
Lastly, the UAS anchors are clearly marked and they are located at the edge of the cushion.
In terms of installing a forward-facing child car seat, the rear tether hooks are easily accessible on the back of the rear bench. There is also enough distance that the tether buckle will not interfere with the headrest or child car seat when you tighten it.
Storage / Trunk
You can see in the above image that the trunk space is ample in the Hyundai Tucson. If you’re hauling a big load, you can fold the rear seats for a flat cargo area. The 60/40 rear seat split also offers flexibility between passengers and cargo.
The Hyundai Tucson was a great drive and didn’t feel underpowered with the 1.6L turbocharged engine. The compact SUV also delivers a lot of features within the different trim levels at a competitive price. At the time of writing, the newer 2017 Hyundai Tucson starts at $24,799 CAD.
About the author: Emily is a wife and mother of two, the owner of AutoNiche (a family-friendly auto repair shop in Markham, ON), a licensed auto service technician, certified child car seat technician, and automotive writer with Driving.ca.