Since our last month’s update on the brake change of the Tucson, my going with the SUV has been pretty good. But, with the brakes now in prime form has popped up an experience with the standard fit Nexen tyres, which as it has turned out in a couple of instances, are not the best performers. In regular usage, the Nexen tyres work quite well, they are quite silent and cornering grip is aplenty, but when it comes to hard braking, they come up a bit short.
On a couple of instances recently I’ve had to apply brakes with full force, and in both cases, despite the standard fit ABS system of the Tucson, the tyres have locked up. Clearly this means that the Tucson could do with a better set of tyres, and makes me wonder if I should source a different set and try them, just to satisfy my curiosity, if nothing else.
And I’m happy to report that with spring finally here, and us on the verge of another boiling summer, the air-conditioning system of the Tucson has been put back into use again and it works fabulously. The climate control system is very effective and keeps the cabin nice and cool despite the quickly rising mercury outside. And, with the help of some light-footed driving, the fuel efficiency of the Tucson has gone up a notch. Despite primary use being urban driving, I’m beginning to see 11km/l on the information display regularly, with sometimes it rising to even 11.5km/l, which, for an SUV of this size is very impressive.