How did Hyundai get its name

Presentation of the Hyundai Tucson : Western is just the name

Tucson? This is the western town in what is now the US state of Arizona. This is also the place where on March 20, 1882, at Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, the stagecoach robber Frank Stilwell was shot on suspicion of murdering Earp's brother Morgan.

Tucson? That's also the name of an SUV from the Korean brand Hyundai. Tucson sounds like adventure, desert sunsets and campfires. You should be able to “feel” that in a Korean SUV, which is why Hyundai named everything rough-hewn after wild west places. Until 2006/2007. Then Hyundai Tucson and Santa Fe were "incorporated" into the anonymous numbers of the Koreans and mutated to ix35 and ix55. Until this year. After the Santa Fe, which was launched in 2012, the new Tucson is now in its third generation. And that's something completely new. A leap forward for Hyundai.

Hyundai Tucson is getting longer, wider, but flatter

Compared to the ix35, the Tucson has become larger. At 4.48 meters, it is 6.5 centimeters longer, three centimeters wider to 1.85 meters, but two centimeters flatter to 1.65 meters high. The changed dimensions ensure a more dynamic appearance. The XXL grill embodies new self-confidence in the so-called hexagonal style. At some point, car historians will argue about who invented this kind of square monster grill: Aston Martin, Audi, Ford, Maserati? No matter. This new Hyundai version looks similarly dominant and ostentatious as that of the Santa Cruz pickup study, which the Koreans showed at the Detroit Motor Show this year. Otherwise, the SUV styled by the Italian Nicolas Danzer is elegant, albeit with certain borrowings from well-known models from other manufacturers.

Hyundai prides itself on offering the largest interior space in its segment in the new Tucson. And indeed: he has endless space. And with its trunk volume of 513 to 1503 liters, the Tucson is in a good position in the competitive environment (Skoda Yeti 405 to 1580 liters, VW Tiguan 470 to 1510 liters).

Hyundai Tucson has its own seven-speed automatic transmission

And not only does it look good, it also drives surprisingly well. Because the Koreans, in cooperation with German developers and technicians in the design and development center in Rüsselsheim, have consistently driven out the weak points of its predecessor ix35 in the third generation of the Tucson, which is produced in Slovenia and the Czech Republic: chassis, steering, drive, handling quality have been improved. The result convinces us all along the line. We drove the Hyundai Tucson with the new turbo gasoline direct injection, which is coupled with the new, self-developed seven-speed dual clutch automatic. A fine combination. The turbo is powerful and very quiet. Much quieter than the VW aggregates, which are somewhat rougher in their basic tone. The machine changes gears imperceptibly, and does not show that annoying jerking off like the automatic double clutch in certain VW models.

The car is pleasantly clear, the cockpit finely finished, the materials make a good impression. The front seats could, however, offer a little more lateral support. The navigation system does exactly what it should: It combines simple operation with clear route guidance. But there are eight buttons and four toggle switches on the steering wheel alone, but you can still get around quickly. The "sports button" is located in the center console. Rather a gimmick, because the electronics only sharpen the characteristics of the engine, transmission and steering. That's it, but you don't need it like that. Logically, it cannot intervene in a non-existent adaptive damper system. But that is actually not necessary with the Hyundai Tucson, because despite the tight basic set-up, this SUV springs harmoniously and comfortably. The steering has also become a class better than its predecessor. It now acts precisely and provides sufficient feedback. Fortunately, the Koreans did not follow this sport mania in the SUV area. The Hyundai Tucson is neither strenuous nor agitated.

The Hyundai Tucson only has start-stop for the switch

The Koreans have undoubtedly made a big leap with the new Hyundai Tucson. Still, not everything is great. The new turbo gasoline engine is unfortunately a drinker, and the rest of the engine range largely corresponds to that of the ix35, only converted to the Euro 6 emissions standard. The standard consumption of 7.5 liters per 100 kilometers given by Hyundai for a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo with 177 hp, automatic double clutch and all-wheel drive is not up to date, even for a 1.6-ton truck. On our test lap with a small amount of urban traffic, which was by no means brisk, we came to a real consumption of 9.7 liters. There is no automatic start-stop system for the gasoline engine with automatic, only for the gasoline engine with manual transmission!

And the diesel? We drove the revised 185 PS version with the six-speed automatic converter and were surprised at how much more refined the diesel engine in the Tucson is compared to its predecessor ix35. You are left with this combination, 402 Newton meters of torque from 1750 tours are always enough. But here, too, the comparatively high consumption of the diesel on the second test round was surprising: 8.3 liters instead of the (also quite high) 6.5 liters promised by the factory. It's a shame, because both petrol and diesel are popular as powerful and, above all, quiet engines. Actually ideal for long travel tours. There is still room for improvement here.

Tricky equipment policy for the Hyundai Tucson

Even in light terrain, the Tucson holds its own despite its comparatively low ground clearance of 17.2 centimeters. Up to 50 percent of the drive power can be transferred to the rear axle. The Tucson manages slight entanglements, steep climbs and inclines of up to around 30 percent on an off-road course with astonishing ease.

With their model policy, the Koreans are not making it easy for German customers. The seven-speed automatic dual clutch is only available for the new turbo direct-injection petrol engine in conjunction with all-wheel drive. But in this configuration, the stately SUV can only take 1.4 tons on the hook. If you want to pull half a ton more, you have to resort to the manual version! And many of the beautiful new technology gimmicks such as LED main headlights, automatic parking assistant, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, electric opening tailgate or ventilated front seats are only offered by Hyundai in the more expensive versions or even in the top model. With the city emergency braking function, which is active up to 70 km / h, at least one important assistance system has made it into the standard equipment.

Hyundai has also made a big leap in prices: the basic model of the Tucson costs a whopping 1430 euros more than that of the predecessor ix35. With a starting price of 22,400 euros for the basic petrol engine with 135 hp, the Hyundai Tucson is a hefty 2500 euros more expensive than a comparable Nissan Qashqai or Renault Kadjar. A lot of money in this segment. And the top model we drive with 185 hp two-liter diesel, all-wheel drive and six-speed automatic converter is even in the price list for 39,850 euros. This means that a comparable VW Tiguan with 185 PS and a seven-speed double clutch automatic is not 2000 euros more expensive. You have to digest that first. Hyundai's promise, on the other hand, could provide some relaxation: a five-year guarantee with safety checks and unlimited mileage. The Tucson will be at dealerships from mid-July.

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