Meaner, more practical Tucson

THIS Compact SUV – the Hyundai Tucson 2017 – became a success in the Philippine market in 2009 after it had a facelift. It was total overhaul of the style of the car, not to mention its 5-year warranty.

The Next generation Tucson has a more futuristic look, including meaner headlights with daytime running lights, which feels posh like the BMW X5. The Grill is wider and more bold. Down the side of the car, its sharp creases and lines help the car be a standout. The back-end of the Tucson looks more smart and tidy, a complete make-over, with new tail lights and signal indicators.


The Tucson is perfect for families. It has one of the biggest booth spaces in this class, with a walloping 513 liters of luggage space, which trounces some of its rivals. And if you fold down the rear seats, you will have a perfectly flat low bay to carry bigger items with.

Carrying people would be breeze. The Tucson rear seats has acres of knee room and tons of headroom so you can fit three people abreast.

What’s inside

Inside the Tucson, the interior looks sophisticated and the equipment is generous in this range. You get climate control, rear parking sensors and an entertainment system, but you have to pay extra for the Satellite Navigation.
On the road

The Tucson is no snail on the road. It’s fuel efficient, with its 2.0L CRDI Turbo engine giving you 6.1 liters per 100 kilometers. The engine is also pretty punchy, which produces 148 HP and 413 N.m of Torque. Put your foot down the accelerator and it really pulls you to your seat. Above its six- speed manual transmission or seven speed dual clutch transmission, it also has all-wheel drive but it will cost more money and slightly reduces its economy.

It’s a good compact SUV and it should be in your short list if you’re in the market for a crossover like this one. It looks great and its very practical, if you’re a man just starting your own family or a person who just wants a bang for your buck compact SUV. –Choby Pelayo

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