2021 Hyundai Tucson Long Term Reports

By Ishan Raghava | on February 27, 2021

Long Term Report: June 2021

The authorities often ignore how some of their decisions can adversely affect an average joe, and when it happens in turbulent times such as now, it becomes all the more problematic. My grudge here being the current stratospheric prices of fuel, which makes every refuelling event an eye-watering experience – both literally and figuratively.

Let me also admit that the petrolhead in me has never really worried about the fuel efficiency of my daily drivers. Partly due to my driving style, which includes a liberal application of the throttle, meaning that obtaining double-digit fuel-efficiency numbers from most vehicles remains a pipe dream. And in my 20-year career, I’ve been able to manage my fuel budget just fine.
But, with diesel at over `85 per litre and petrol nearly scoring a century, the fuel prices are hitting a new high. Thankfully, my commutes in the past couple of months have been shorter than usual, but with the second wave of COVID receding, that is bound to change, and I’ll have to drive long distances. And the current level of fuel prices, for the first time in my life, have become a cause of concern for me.

Small but much-needed mercy in such conditions is the Tucson. Despite the immense torque of its 2.0-litre engine, it still sips fuel conservatively. Currently, I’m getting a steady 11.5km/l in urban driving conditions, which I have to say is a welcome relief to my already depleted wallet!  


When it came: December 2020

Current odo reading: 14,220kms

Mileage this month: 1,390kms

Fuel efficiency: 11.5km/l

What’s good: Efficiency | What’s not: None

Long Term Report: May 2021

Hyundai Tucson Long Term Report May 2021

Many of my choices in life completely befuddle my colleagues, but perhaps the weirdest of them all is that I find summer to be the ideal weather. Yes, I know it gets scalding hot, but if you’re a driving enthusiast, summer is the best season for long road trips. Long days, no visibility issues due to the weather, and the fact that hills offer a welcome respite from the heat mean that I’m at my happiest in summer. This year though, like 2020, the summer has not brought much good news. And as a result, the Tucson has been spending more time parked than on the road.

But, I did go for some small trips – mainly to pick up supplies and on medicine runs – and I must tell you that the immense torque of the Tucson makes driving a real pleasure. But, if there’s an issue, it’s with the tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), which is simply too sensitive, and even a drop of 2psi in tyre pressure leads to the car warning you constantly until you refill the tyre. Given our road conditions, I think a slightly larger limit – say a warning after a drop of over 5psi – would have been a more practical and bearable solution. 


When it came: December 2020

Current Odo reading: 12,830kms

Mileage this month: 2,620kms

Fuel efficiency: 11.5km/l

What's good: Ride comfort and huge torque

What's not: TPMS system can be quite annoying!

Long Term Report: March 2021

Last month, when filing my first long-term report of the new Tucson, I’d mentioned dreading how the humongous panoramic roof of the SUV was going to impact the interiors in the summers. Well, it’s barely the beginning of spring, and I already have the answer! You see, with Delhi now seeing temperature in the late-20’s, I can already feel how much heat transmission happens if you leave the fabric shade of the sunroof open, as I was doing throughout the winters. Sure, the cabin feels airy and very spacious with the shade open, but the minute I drive out of my tree-lined parking spot, I can feel the sun searing through the glass and straight on to my bald head. 

But the better part of the story is that the Tucson’s air-conditioning system is more than capable of keeping up with our summer and has been doing a terrific job of keeping the interiors cool. And while an all-black interior is not the best for a climate like ours but given the ease of keeping it clean, and how classy it looks, I really do enjoy the interiors of the Tucson. I think as long as I can manage to keep the sunroof shade of the Tucson closed throughout the summer, I should be fine!  


When it came: December 2020

Current Odo reading: 10,210kms

Mileage this month: 1,860kms

Fuel efficiency: 11.5km/l

What’s good: Excellent air-conditioning

What’s not: Huge sunroof already absorbing too much heat!

Long Term Report: February 2021

The latest addition to the autoX long-term fleet, the updated Hyundai Tucson, is quite an interesting one. You see, a few years ago, in 2018, I think, I had run the pre-facelift Tucson for quite a few months as a long-term car, and I have some fond memories of the machine. From its punchy engine to its spacious interiors, the Tucson was quite a fun car to use in both urban and highway conditions. Of course, it wasn’t without its flaws, the primary of which was my gripe with the high beam headlights, which were candle-like halogen projectors, compared to the uber-bright LED low-beams. 

But, thankfully, in the facelifted version of the Tucson, my biggest gripe with the car is gone. The new Tucson features full-LED headlights, which I have to say are extremely bright and make driving at night, especially in badly-lit areas, really easy. When it comes to the mechanicals though, nothing much has changed as far as the engine is concerned, but the Tucson does get a new 8-speed automatic gearbox, which I’m happy to say is faster than the previous 6-speed ‘box. 

Hyundai Tucson Term Report February 2021

The Tucson also gets minor styling changes to the front and rear, as well as new 18-inch wheels which look quite snazzy with their multi-spoke design. Also, the interior now features a humongous panoramic sunroof – really, the size of the roof simply has to be seen – and while that’s been a great boon in the winter months, I’m dreading what it’ll do to the heat retention in the cabin in the brutal summers that will eventually arrive. More so, because one major change in the interior of the Tucson is the all-black interior. I guess this summer will be a good season to test the air-conditioning capabilities of the Tucson. 

Overall, the Tucson still retains the trait that made it such a useful long-termer. The diesel engine is fairly efficient which means my monthly fuel bills have reduced, while the 400Nm of torque and its immediate power delivery make it a fun car to drive. Needless to say, I‘m looking forward to my time with the Tucson facelift.


When it came: December 2020

Current Odo reading: 8,350kms

Mileage this month: 2,055kms

Fuel efficiency: 11.5km/l

What’s good: Power, comfort

What’s not: Steering feel

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Could you comment on ground clearance of tucson

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