Rather fit, the Hyundai Tucson is the best-selling model in France of the Korean manufacturer. The time of the restyling came, bearing on both the form and the background: besides the aesthetic part and the cabin, the bulk of the changes concern the extension of the Diesel range in particular with the arrival of a micro- Hybridization at the top of the range.
No offense to critics, fuel oil still has a certain preponderance in intermediate SUVs. And this despite the tendency to hunt for diesel and reduce the price differential at the pump between fuels. Tax based on CO2 is thus made, Diesel will retain an economic advantage on large road and family models.
For the Tucson, this restyling comes after three years of career. And a little more than 30,000 units sold in France all the same, since his arrival in 2015 . It is modest compared to the Volkswagen Tiguan or Peugeot 3008 stars , but not ridiculous given the relative youth of the brand in the hexagon.
In addition to the grille and redesigned optics, standardized with the rest of the Hyundai range, the redesign concerns especially the different engines with two new Diesel side, so: the former 1.7 disappears, replaced by the recent 1.6 CRDi proposed in two power levels . 115 hp in single traction, and 136 hp available in 4-wheel drive and double clutch gearbox. However, the main concern is the top of the range: the 2.0 CRDi 185 hp , supported by a light hybridization and a 48V edge network.
Hybrid light: what to expect?
In itself, the operation is totally imperceptible. Unlike a conventional hybrid, no electric motor is a substitute for the thermal. The principle of micro-hybridization is starting to be known, The Renault Scenic Hybrid Assist, the new Audi A6 and the recent 6-cylinder in-line Mercedes S class are entitled.
The 0.44kWh battery, housed in the trunk, supplies the 48V network and an alternator-starter , coupled to the 4-cylinder diesel. And made lose 54 l passage to the volume of the trunk. Too bad, the classic Tucson is among the largest of the niche (502 liters in conventional engines).
No upheaval chrono side, in any case: it weighs its weight, 1.780 kg exactly. The 185 hp is not too much. The goal is not so much to support the engine in acceleration (which however benefit from a little more punch) than to maximize the time spent coasting cruise and promote smooth walking. The Diesel does not cut completely at very low speed, below 3 km / h.
Apart from a flexibility and stimulus of good quality on the winding parts of our test, the benefit of the system on his appetite is therefore especially notable on road and fast track, steady speed. The rest of the time, the small 1.6 CRDi 136 hp in its lightest configuration (traction, manual gearbox) offers almost as much punch and is less greedy.
In short, the bias of micro-hybridization is mainly used to offset the appetite related to its displacement and the integral transmission to take. A little less than 9 l measured on our mixed course, without special effort of eco-driving. Clearly, without sparing the chassis … not particularly exciting or dynamic for a penny. A little too supple, it collapses during strong support and quickly reminds its vocation: the Tucson is above all a comfortable and peaceful traveler. Too bad, air noises are heard at high speed. But serenity prevails. No doubt the main advantage of the 2.0 on the 1.6, hardly more sound support.
The cabin benefits from a modernization more marked than the outside. No more fancy than before, but the construction is serious and the materials seem more neat. In addition to the overhanging screen at the top of the center console and the media system on the page, the latest developments are related to security and multimedia equipment. These include standalone emergency braking, panel recognition, line hold support, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto from the second level of equipment.
For the rest, nothing changes. And still the same space in the rear seats, the Tucson remains one of the largest in the category.
The rather high tariffs of the Tucson are justified by the ultra-complete equipment that we mentioned earlier. This is especially valid for the intermediate and higher levels. Our trial version is still charged € 45,300 … Almost as much as a Tiguan comparable version, and more than a 3008 GT HDi 180, certainly private transmission. Side malus, its 149 g / km limit the breakage but still impose a penalty of 2.153 €. For the moment! Because at the time of writing, we only have data from older NEDC measures. The results of the WLTP cycle should be known before the end of 2018.
Less expensive, the 1.6 CRDi of 136 hp requires 39,800 € with double clutch box and 4 wheel drive, and requires only 473 € of penalty (again, a temporary value that should be reviewed during the approval WLTP) . This engine appears as the most rational version of the new range. Especially since it will also receive a micro-hybridization system in 2019. The 2 liters is justified mainly by its approval and its superior ease to bring an integral transmission.
Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi 48V product specifications
- Engine : 4 cylinders Diesel, 1.995 cc
- Power : 185 hp at 4,000 rpm
- Maximum torque : 400 Nm at 1,750 rpm
- 0 to 100 km / h : 9.5 s
- Maximum speed : 201 km / h
- Dimensions (L / W / H) : 4,480 m / 1,850 m / 1,650 m
- Wheelbase : 2,670 m
- Safe : 459 dm3
- Weight : 1.780 kg
- Consumption (mixed / urban / extra-urban) l / 100 km : 5.8 / 6.2 / 5.4
- Emissions : 149 g of CO2 / km
- Malus : 2.153 €
- Prices starting from : 28.900 euros (1.6 GDi Creative)
- Price of the model tested : 45.300 euros (2.0 CRDi 185 ch Executive)