2022 Hyundai Tucson Long Term Reports

By Ishan Raghava | on May 15, 2023 Follow us on Autox Google News
Long-Term Report: May 2023

Recently, the Tucson saw a lot of highway action. First, I had to go to my hometown on a couple of errands, and later a colleague needed a bigger car to take his family on a short holiday. In both trips, we once again discovered how the Tucson makes for an excellent long-distance hauler. Its big and comfortable seats are a pleasure to spend time in, especially with the ventilated function, which is really great in our glaringly hot summers. At the same time, Hyundai’s cars feature excellent air-conditioning and noise isolation, which means you’re enclosed in your cosy cocoon, irrespective of the outside conditions. Plus, given its 416Nm of torque, high-speed cruising on our new highways is a breeze for the Tucson.

And if you’re a sedate driver, doing 600km on a single tank of fuel is quite easy, which makes your journey that much more comfortable, for you don’t have to stop for refuelling frequently. Now, most of our new highways have one significant flaw – bumpy expansion joints. They keep interrupting you every few hundred metres, and here, the suspension of the Tucson feels a tad too soft. Every time you cross a joint at high speeds, there is a bit too much bobbing. Other than that, there’s not much that I can find to complain about the Tucson.


When it came: December 2022

Current odo reading: 14,440km

Mileage this month: 1,760km

Fuel efficiency: 11.5km/l

What’s good: Space and comfort

What’s not: Suspension is on the softer side

Long-Term Report: April 2023

Hyundai Tucson Long Term Report April 2023

While I reported last month that the Tucson’s seats need cleaning, my procrastination has been pretty strong this month too – and there’s also a lot of work pressure – so the Tucson’s seats still remain a bit dirty. I should really get that leather cleaner quickly and clean them up, maybe it will happen this long weekend itself. Other than that, the infamous ‘Low Urea’ light has turned up again, and while I’ve gone and bought the liquid, filling it is a two-man job, so that’s another task to be taken care of.

The Urea warning aside, the Tucson continues to perform impressively, ticking over without any fuss. I have a couple of road trips coming up very soon and am looking forward to covering some big distances in the SUV. Sometimes, improvements to some aspects of a car can come from unexpected sources, and while the sound quality of the Bose stereo system was quite good, I changed the Apple iPhone cable, with which I connected my phone, to a better-quality cable designed for in-car use – for those who want to know, it’s a AudioQuest Forest cable – and immediately noticed a slight improvement in sound quality and sound stage both. And, since it’s not too expensive – I have become an audiophile over the years, and yes, fine audio equipment can be startlingly expensive – I consider it quite a worthy upgrade.


When it came: December 2022

Current odo reading: 12,680km

Mileage this month: 1,670km

Fuel efficiency: 11.5km/l

What’s good: Great sounding audio

What’s not: The seats still need cleaning!

Long-Term Report: March 2023

Hyundai Tucson Long Term Report February 2022

Couple of months of driving the Tucson around, and I have to say there are many aspects of the SUV that make it a fantastic daily driver. First up, step into the cabin, and with its comfortable seats and the incredible amount of standard equipment it has, makes the cabin a great place to be. The seats are both heated and ventilated – in this year’s brutal Delhi winter, the heated seats were a boon . The Bose stereo continues to impress me with its sound quality, and the overall levels of comfort in the cabin really does spoil you.

Then, of course, there’s the low running cost. Sure, diesel might not be the buzzword today that it used to be a few years ago, but diesel-powered cars are simply frugal. With a light foot, I regularly see figures of up to 14-14.5km/l, but my regular leadfooted driving gets me around 11.5km/l, which is more than good enough for me. Highway commutes show that travelling over 600kms on a single tank of diesel is a breeze in the Tucson, and if you’re a sedate driver, you can easily cross the 700km mark. If there is one drawback, though, is that you need to fill up AdBlue every 7-8,000kms, as the warning for the AdBlue levels pop up rather early. If any of you own the Tucson or are planning to buy one with a diesel engine, one pro tip, get a funnel with a flexible downpipe to make filling the AdBlue easier – you can easily find one on Amazon.

And, what I’ve dreaded since the day I got the Tucson has already happened, the almost white coloured seats are now properly dirty, and one of these weekends, my job is going to be to make sure to clean them. Other than that, the Tucson is performing flawlessly.


When it came: December 2022

Current odo reading: 11,410kms

Mileage this month: 1,010kms

Fuel efficiency: 11.5km/l

What’s good: Low running cost

What’s not: The seats need cleaning

Long-Term Report: February 2023

Hyundai Tucson Long Term Report February 2022

Regular readers of the magazine will remember that I have a bit of a soft spot for the Hyundai Tucson. I’ve driven two of them as my long-term cars in the past. And recently, the new generation Tucson joined our long-term fleet a few weeks ago, and since then, it has been my new long-term test car. Part of the reason why I love the Tucson is its powerful diesel engine, which not only gives it adequate performance but is also quite frugal, which means low running costs for me.

Now, I must say that the new Tucson has really taken the game forward in terms of design, features, and opulence in the under-30 lakh segment. Its edgy look, with that unique front end, really attracts attention and has earned compliments on multiple occasions. The dual-tone interior really looks plush, and while the light-coloured seats get dirty quickly, it adds to the overall appeal of the cabin, which is a good place to spend time in. What also helps is that this version of the Tucson comes loaded with full bells and whistles. Its Bose audio system is one of the better audio systems that I’ve come across in recent times. Given the harsh winter in Delhi this year, the heated seats seem to be a valuable feature. And the ventilated seats, too, will be quite useful once the summer hits with full force. In terms of performance, Hyundai has mildly increased the power and torque figures of the Tucson’s diesel powerplant – 184bhp and 416Nm. However, it’s the improved fuel efficiency that’s even more noticeable – for now, it is easily offering about 15-20 per cent better fuel economy than its previous-generation counterparts, even though my driving style and road conditions remain the same.

While the audio system and the multimedia layout are generally kickass, I do wish that Hyundai had equipped the Tucson with wireless CarPlay, for it would add to the overall convenience. If there is one thing that needs improvement, it’s the steering, which lacks the excellence of the steering seen in other Hyundai products. But that’s ok. I’m sure Hyundai will fix the issue when the facelift version of the Tucson will arrive in a few years’ time. Despite this, I’m certainly enjoying my time with the new Tucson because of its improved opulence and better fuel efficiency.  


When it came: December 2022

Current odo reading: 10,320kms

Mileage this month: 1,655kms

Fuel efficiency: 11.5km/l

What’s good: Fully equipped, great audio system:

What’s not: No wireless CarPlay

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