It's taking on some strong competition and its styling will not be for everyone; it is different to the likes of the Nissan Qashqai for instance. Being a Hyundai, the Tucson comes with a decent amount of standard equipment including Bluetooth connectivity, alloy wheels, air con, automatic headlights and DAB radio. Safety kit is better in the higher spec models and includes blindspot detection, autonomous emergency braking and rear cross traffic alert.
Once on board, the Tucson is a spacious offering, certainly more so than many of its rivals, and a big boot lends itself to practicality and a sound choice for families.
Hyundai offers it crossover with a good range of diesel and petrol engines with the most popular 1.7 litre diesel unit producing 115bhp and returning 62 mpg with emissions of 119g/km in the two-wheel drive guise. There's also an impressive 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine which offers a smooth performance with plenty of power with economy of 45 mpg and emissions of 147g/km.
The drive itself is not the best in class but it is a competent performer with a soft suspension set-up, though this does make rough roads a tad uncomfortable at times. The refinement levels are higher than in the ix35 it replaced but the cabin is rather dull in comparison with its rivals and the materials used could be of better quality.
Essentially, the crossover segment is keenly fought and the Hyundai Tucson has reasonable running costs, lots of equipment and the firm's excellent five-year unlimited mileage warranty will help to bring peace of mind; for most families the Tucson offers everything they want and more.