Hyundai Tucson Long Term Report: February 2021

By Ishan Raghava | on February 27, 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.

  • LOGBOOK

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

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!  

  • LOGBOOK

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!

Read more:

Hyundai Tucson facelift launched at Rs 22.30 lakh

2020 Hyundai Tucson: Top 5 features

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