Ever since Hyundai launched the Tucson in India, my first thoughts about the car were how highly suited it is to Indian traffic and road conditions. For someone like me who travels alone 99% of the time, the Tucson offers the perfect size – not too big so that it becomes a pain to park and manoeuvre – and yet it has enough space to accommodate the luggage for a long road trip. Being an SUV also helps, when it comes to tackling our broken roads and the automatic transmission is an absolute boon in our jam-packed cities.
Of course, the Tucson also comes loaded to the gills with standard equipment, amongst which the standard fit audio system is particularly praiseworthy for its good sound quality. The seats are exceedingly comfortable, and the suspension setup is quite good, with a slight comfort bias. Even at high speeds, the Tucson feels quite tied down and the steering delivers a surprisingly good amount of feel, inspiring confidence.
Recently one of the major flyovers in Delhi was closed for repairs, which also happened to be my route to work. This meant that my rather short 25-minute commute transformed into over an hour-long commute, each way. This made me appreciate the comfort of the Tucson and the ease of driving an automatic, which helped me maintain my sanity in everyday commute. Of course, what really helps the Tucson is its 2-litre with 182bhp and, more importantly, 400Nm of torque at a low 1,750rpm. This means that the throttle response of the Tucson is exceedingly good and getting into gaps in traffic just needs a flex of the right foot. The gearbox too responds quite well, and while I would love to have paddle shifters, I don’t really miss them.
Overall though, I have to say that spending time driving the Tucson is a real pleasure, and I recommend the car quite highly to all. If there is a glitch, it is in the high beams of its headlights, which with their halogen lamps pale in comparison to the LED low beams. This is the only flaw that I could find with the Tucson.